University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Ph.D. in Journalism (2008)
Dissertation: “The transformation of the newsroom: the collaborative dynamics of journalists’ work.” Advisor: Mark Tremayne and George Sylvie

M.A. in Journalism (2003)
Thesis: “The Now What Factor: The level of innovativeness in online newspapers.” Advisor: James Tankard Jr.

Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
B.A. in Journalism and Spanish (1994-1998)
(Fall 1996: Semester Abroad at Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

Academic Positions

San Diego State University, School of Journalism and Media Studies

  • Professor (Fall 2020-Current)
  • Associate Professor:  School of Journalism and Media Studies  (Fall 2013-Spring 2020)
  •  Assistant Professor:  School of Journalism and Media Studies  (Fall 2008-Spring 2013)

University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication – School of Journalism

  • Assistant Instructor: Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism (Fall 2007/Spring 2008, Team Teach)
  • Assistant Instructor: Web Publishing (2005-2006)
  • Teaching Assistant: Media Law and Ethics; Critical Issues in Journalism; International Reporting; Journalism in Latin America and Multimedia Journalism; International Reporting and Multimedia Journalism; Journalism in Latin America and Multimedia Journalism. (2002 – 2005)
  • Guest Lecturer: Contemporary Trends and Content Analysis. (Fall 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • Guest Lecturer: Contemporary Trends in Journalism: News in the Future (Spring 2008)

University of Texas at Austin

  • Instructor: University of Texas at Austin, American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) High School Journalism Institute (Summer 2005, 2006)
  • Guest Lecturer: Media and You Freshman seminar (Fall 2006)

Research Assistant, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (April 2003 – 2008)

  • Co-creator and coordinator in curriculum development of the English, Spanish, and Portuguese distance learning journalism courses offered through the Center to professional journalists in Latin America. Contribute to the daily online operations of the Center’s online news service.

Research Assistant, School of Journalism (June 2003 – 2007)

  • Assist in the development and implementation of large-scale, longitudinal research project on online newspapers.

Teaching Interests

Data-driven journalism, spatial journalism, sensor journalism, mobile journalism, multimedia reporting, online journalism, international reporting, international communication, global journalism, web publishing and design, entrepreneurial journalism, and research methods.

Research Interests

Online journalism, spatial journalism, media sociology, news production, international communication, group communication, multimedia journalism, data journalism, online learning, distance learning curriculum development, and mobile technologies.

Editorial Board Experience

Co-editor, #ISOJ, The official research journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (Spring 2011-current)

 Professional Experience

Journalism/New Media

  • Director, Virtual Journalism Learning Center (Fall 2009-Current)
  • Digital/New Media Consultant (2008-Current)
  • Research Assistant and Distance Learning Coordinator, School of Journalism, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (September 2003 – 2007)
  • Webmaster & Coordinator, Online Journalism Symposium Website, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin (September 2003 – 2008)
  • Online Producer, Indianapolis Star News Online (August 1997-April 1998)
  • Online Producer, Chicago Tribune Online (March 1996; June – August 1996;June – August 1997)
  • Features Editor, Butler Collegian (January – April 1997)
  • News Team/Editor, Butler Collegian (August 1995 – April 1996)
  • Editor in Chief, Dawgnet: (Online Newspaper), (August 1995 – April 1996)
  • Design Manager/Co-Founder, Dawgnet: (Online Newspaper), (January – April 1995)

New Media/Marketing

  • Marketing Manager, ReeseMcMahon L.L.C. (September 2001 – June 2002)
  • Account Manager, Generator Corporation (October 2000-March 2001)
  • Marketing Analyst and Proposal Writer, iXL (August 1998-September 2000)


Multimedia/design and programming: Dreamweaver, HTML, PHP, CSS, Python, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Soundslides, and Audacity.

Research programs and methods: SPSS, SAS, online focus groups, ethnography, content analysis, surveys, and experiments.

Book Publishing: Copy editing, fact checking, and APA style formatting.

Language: Fluent in Spanish. Learning Portuguese.

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