After 15 years as a reporter and editor – 12 of those for the Ottawa Citizen, the major daily newspaper in Canada’s capital – I left the newspaper business in 2000. Following a year of freelance work and part-time teaching, I decided to pursue a doctorate in communication in the hope of spending the rest of my working life teaching, doing research and service.
In 2006, I moved with my husband to Cleveland, Ohio, after seven years of part-time teaching at Carleton University’s respected School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. I worked on my dissertation until it was completed in 2009, then was delighted to land my dream job at John Carroll University — a private, Jesuit, liberal arts university with about 3,800 students. I am a tenured faculty member in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. So far I have taught or am scheduled to teach introductory journalism, media law, political communication, media literacy, editing & design, health & environmental writing, multimedia reporting and social issues in journalism. I am loving my work, my colleagues and my life here in Cleveland.
I created this website to share some of the work I have done during my career, both in journalism and in academia. However, most of what I have written I don’t have permission to use: the copyright is owned by the newspaper or academic journal that published it. There are more than 1,500 of my bylined articles in the database called FPInfomart, which includes all Postmedia newspapers (Canada’s largest newspaper chain, with dailies in many of the country’s major cities), and in other news databases available in most public and university libraries. Only a few of the freelance articles are posted here, plus links to my open-access academic articles.
For those interested in more detail about my education, job experience, etc. there is a good summary on my publicly accessible LinkedIn page and site on Academia.edu where my publications are listed and, wherever possible, linked to or posted as PDF files for download. I regret that some are not publicly accessible and hope they will be as the open access movement gains full credibility in academia.
This website is a work in progress. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send an e-mail. I welcome feedback.
Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
John Carroll University