- University of Memphisassistant professor of journalism, present
- Committee of Concerned Journalists
I also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in journalism and serve as the director of the Teen Appeal, a citywide high school newspaper. I recently developed new courses in social media for journalists and also teach reporting and mass communication theory.
Before returning to academia, I managed the traveling curriculum program of the Committee of Concerned Journalists for three years, going to newspapers of all sizes across the United States to discuss how journalists could do a better job of upholding their values in their daily work. Our workshops were based on the principles articulated in the book Elements of Journalism by CCJ Chairmen Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. This experience was invaluable and gave me a bird’s eye view of what is happening in the newspaper industry today.
I’ve also spent time working in the newsroom myself, as a reporter for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in Wisconsin, an intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer, an associate newsletter editor covering policy developments on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and, most recently, as an assistant city editor at the Columbia Missourian.
I received my PhD from the University of Missouri, where I had the opportunity to study with the director of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change and learn some lessons from outside our field relevant to challenges facing journalism today. I recieved my MA in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and my BA in journalism and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the state where I was born and raised.
In my almost non-existent free time, I enjoy running, traveling, yoga, Packer football, and a cold domestic macrobrew, or three. I live in Midtown Memphis with my husband, Grant, who is also a journalist, and our two unruly but lovable labradors.
You can follow me on Twitter @brizzyc
- University of Wisconsin
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Missouri