Who is Digital Amy? 

Amy Schmitz Weiss is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University.

She has a PhD in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Schmitz Weiss is a 2011 Dart Academic Fellow.

She teaches journalism courses in basic writing and editing, multimedia, web design, data journalism, and mobile journalism.

She is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education by the Online News Association. Her project entailed investigating air quality using open-source air quality sensors in San Diego, called “Investigating Air Quality in San Diego: A Live News Experiment in the Power of Sensor Journalism in Covering the Environment.” Students produced several stories on air quality in the region that was published on inewsource.org in Spring 2015. She created a sensor journalism website for educators that includes the class syllabus, tools and sensor resources for those seeking to implement a sensor project on their campus.

She is also the 2011-2012 Recipient of the AEJMC Bridge Grant with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that led to the creation of a mobile news app, AzteCast for the San Diego State University campus population in spring 2012. Based on this project, she created the Mobile News App Educator website for educators that includes the class syllabus, tools and other resources for educators who are seeking to implement a mobile news app project on their campus.

She was a co-founder of her college’s online newspaper and has worked at Chicago Tribune Online and Indianapolis Star News Online, where she produced and wrote news packages. She has also worked in business development, marketing analysis, and account management for several Chicago Internet media firms.

She has an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Butler University.

She was the founder/director of the Virtual Journalism Learning Center in Second Life that is used to train journalism students and journalists on how to cover natural disasters and crisis situations.

Her research interests include online journalism, media sociology, news production, multimedia journalism, and international communication. She has published her research in several peer-reviewed articles, chapters and a co-edited book on a variety of topics related to journalism.

She was a contributor to the Investigative News Network (now the Institute for Nonprofit News), a resource center for community-based and nonprofit journalism.

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