The ABC's of Journalism are Accuracy, Brevity, and Clarity -- and I use my 28-year-long career as an Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist as the basis for my teaching, delivering lessons in a real-world context. Teaching since 2005, I serve as an associate professor at two Pittsburgh universities, conducting a variety of broadcast journalism courses ranging from introductory skills to advanced broadcast writing. In addition, since 2006, I have been teaching a series of successful creative and non-fiction writing workshops for teens through local non-profit arts and education organizations. Several workshops present strategies for developing fiction of all lengths; and others focus on non-fiction journalistic writing forms including news, editorial, reviews, and blogs/commentaries. Currently, I am completing my Masters for Journalism Educators degree through Kent State University.
I do not believe there is any difference between a "scholastic journalist" and a "professional journalist." Storytelling is storytelling. The requirements for accuracy, brevity, clarity, quality research, and relevant attribution are the same for any individual who takes on the task of relaying high-value information to the community. Additionally, the guidelines for media ethics are the same, as are many elements of media law. Scholastic journalists must also be aware of unique student press rights issues. For those reasons, my teaching style focuses on hands-on activities and practical application of research and writing methods. Lecture and learning activities are based on real-world examples and writing activities are delivered in a real-world context. Journalism requires deep engagement in the community, an understanding of civics, and a deep appreciation for the role and responsibilities of journalists in a democratic society. My teaching style challenges students to appreciate -- and live up to -- those ideals.
I am an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, and media consultant who has worked both nationally and locally in broadcasting since 1987. I count eight Emmy awards, twenty-one Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, five Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among my many professional honors. National television credits include Making a Difference, a one-hour documentary exploring mathematics reform, hosted by actor Danny Glover, which aired nationally on PBS in 1998; Lucille’s Car Care Clinic, a 52-episode series for Home and Garden Television (HGTV); Jane Nugent’s Garden Party, a 24-episode series for Home and Garden Television; and John Updike: In His Own Words, a one-hour production based on personal interviews and writing workshops conducted by Updike. In addition to my extensive work in television, I am proud to claim a second and equally successful career as an author and freelance writer. I am the co-author of Lucille’s Car Care (Hyperion, 1996); and served as contributing editor for the book Riding The AirWaves (Schano/Geyer Printing Company, 2006.) I also review children’s programs and serve as a judge for the prestigious Parent’s Choice Foundation; and, I have a number of credits as a freelance writer, including The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Prospects; and on-line, at Moms.com, Eyes On The Prize, The Pittsburgh History Series; and for the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board. From 1998 – 2001, I also co-wrote a bi-monthly column for the on-line Microsoft magazine UnderWire. Screenwriting efforts include One and Only Shot, a half-hour dramatic teleplay produced and distributed nationally as an educational tool for Students Against Driving Drunk. Another screenplay, A Matter of Speaking, earned a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania. Currently, I operate my company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I am a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with degrees in Non-Fiction Writing, Film Theory, and a certificate in American Sign Language for the Deaf. I also currently am pursuing an advanced degree at Kent State University in the Masters for Journalism Educators program.
I am an award-winning broadcast journalist, published author, and experienced educator-- and my materials blend real-world experience and proven pedagogy to teach journalism, news literacy, and media ethics. As scholastic newspapers, TV stations, and online news sites grow, schools are relying on English Language Arts teachers to serve as media advisers. I invite you to add my materials to your existing curriculum, or, for those who are excited by the idea of serving as media adviser but new to the experience, I hope you'll browse through my materials and give them a try!
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