I’m an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University where I teach graduate and undergraduate classes that support students in cultivating digitally relevant skills in verification, story craft and audience engagement. I’m also a faculty affiliate of the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks and the advisor for The Scope, an experimental digital magazine staffed by students and dedicated to telling neighborhood stories of justice, hope and resilience.
Before coming to Northeastern in the fall of 2017, I was a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire where I served as a faculty fellow at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and taught in UNH’s journalism program. I spent more than a decade as a reporter and, later, the digital editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor, where I developed a fascination with presidential politics, a passion for local news and an appreciation for cars with four-wheel drive.
I write regularly for a variety of publications about the intersection of gender, technology and journalism, and my recent work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe and the Columbia Journalism Review. I also continue to work as an occasional consultant for local news organizations striving to find their voices online. (Want details about my consulting services? Shoot me an email at mheckman32 at gmail dot com or ping me on Twitter.)
I’m a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, have served twice as a Pulitzer juror and am the Northern New England regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium. My graduate thesis – Where the Women Are: Measuring Female Leadership in the New Journalism Ecology – is the foundation for my ongoing efforts to ensure that the future of journalism is crafted by diverse practitioners who understand the importance of finding and telling inclusive stories.
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