My name is Gina Masullo Chen. I am an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism. My goal is to teach my students about the dynamic and changing world of journalism today. I believe journalism will not only survive its current crisis but thrive, although it may end up looking very different than journalism of the past. To survive, journalists — and the corporations that employ them — have to change how they see their businesses and their readers.
They need to give their employees freedom to experiment with social media and emerging online platforms. They need to stop doing things the way we always did them. They need to figure out what their readers seek, not expect readers to want what they give them.
I’ve spent a career — 20 years — as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Upstate New York. I have firsthand experience working in a newsroom as it transitions from print to digital. At my most recent newspaper job, I crafted an online parenting page and blog aimed at tapping into the virbrant web community of mothers. Before that, I worked as a suburban bureau chief and an assistant city editor, overseeing coverage of higher education, crime, courts and religion.
I have a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. My husband, Peter, and I have two kids.
All views I express in this blog are mine alone. They do not represent in any way the opinions of my current or former employers.
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