PowersTowsonPhotoI am an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Towson University. MediaShift named me an innovative journalism educator for “progressive practices that educators can apply in their classrooms.”

I earned my doctoral degree in journalism studies from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. My main research interests are audience metrics and the impact of journalism; youth civic engagement and news/media literacy; and media and disability. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, Newspaper Research JournalJournal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and Journal of Media Business Studies.

Read news articles in MediaShift about my recent studies on how local news journalists define, measure and discuss their work’s impact,  how the nonprofit news consortium behind the Panama Papers measures impact and what students know (and largely don’t know) about news personalization. Read this Huffington Post piece about my study of college students’ engagement with politics during an election year.  Listen to an interview with Newstalk 1010 in Toronto about my research on students’ addiction to media.


I have taught courses such as multimedia reporting capstone, narrative podcasting (independent study), mass communication research (data literacy focus), media and politics (online graduate course), news writing and reporting, sports journalism, media literacy,  journalism history, and journalism ethics. Listen to podcasts from students in several journalism classes.


A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, I attended and later taught at the National High School Institute (Cherubs program).

I am a contributor to MediaShift, a site that covers the intersection of media and technology. Listen to a podcast or watch a video in which I discuss my article about the emerging role of engagement editors.


As a journalist for more than 15 years, I have covered media, higher education, health, business, politics, sports, the environment and the arts for publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Ed and The St. Louis Beacon. I created and produced podcasts at Inside Higher Ed and started a blog aimed at young readers while at the St. Louis Beacon. I hold certificates in data-driven and multimedia journalism.

Check out a video that ran with a recent behind-the-scenes piece about the award-winning Big Ten Network documentary series ‘The Journey.’



View a timeline of my career.