In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the faculty and staff of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies began working from home and teaching online. Now that faculty and students are returning to campus and having more opportunities for face-to-face interactions, we almost feel like we need to re-introduce ourselves to our colleagues and students. The same is true for other schools and departments in the College of Urban Affairs and across the university. Since we boast a new podcasting studio and classes in podcasting, audio announcing, audio production, and audio storytelling, we believe that the best way to introduce ourselves is by sharing the personal stories and backgrounds of our faculty and staff. The goal is to introduce each of our faculty and staff members to students, the public, and each other. Starting with these podcasts, we hope to build a podcasting network devoted to helping students and the public meet the people who teach the classes, conduct the research, and manage media operations. We also hope to get to know each other better and build a richer academic community. So lend an ear to the personal stories of the faculty and staff preparing students for a promising future.
Dr. Gregory Borchard
We launch season two of Inside JMS with a conversation with Dr. Gregory Borchard. Greg is a full professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies and wears additional hats as the School's Associate Director and Undergraduate Coordinator. Outside of his teaching and administrative duties, Dr. Borchard has authored several books and he recently completed editing the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Journalism, which contained more than a million words! In this episode, hosts Kevin Stoker and Dave Nourse chat with Greg about what fuels his passion for the 19th century press, what he's currently working on, and just how long it took him to complete a 13,500-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Ben Morse, M.A.
Ben Morse is in the hot seat for this episode of Inside JMS! Hosts Kevin and Dave turn the tables on this long time podcaster and grill him on the issues that (arguably) matter most: the reason his favorite superhero is The Flash, how he got away with focusing his Master's thesis on Magneto from The X-Men, and of course, how his time as digital editor at Marvel Entertainment primed him for a second career in higher education teaching courses in podcasting and digital/social media, and running a student-staffed digital media agency. Buckle up, you're in store for a great conversation ahead!
Michael Easter, M.A.
In this episode of Inside JMS, hosts Kevin and Dave sit down with Michael Easter. In addition to being a visiting lecturer in the School, Michael is actively writing a follow up to his New York Times bestseller, The Comfort Crisis. Throughout the conversation, Michael shares some of the harrowing situations he found himself in while completing research for this second book, how he sees the media industry shifting and what that means to future journalists, and why Kevin is so jealous of Michael when he sees him on the fitness app Strava.
Dr. Julian Kilker
The inaugural episode of Inside JMS for 2023 features Dr. Julian Kilker. Julian is an Associate Professor of Emerging Media in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies with research interests ranging from unique forms of visual communication and data analysis, to the power behind iterative design, to the promise of no-code programming platforms. In this fascinating conversation, hosts Kevin and Dave discover what led Julian to join the Peace Corps after completing his undergraduate studies with a degree in physics, where his passion for photography stems from, and how his teaching career actually began as a teenager.
Todd 'T.R.' Witcher, M.A.
This episode of Inside JMS features Visiting Lecturer, Todd 'T.R.' Witcher. Hosts Kevin and Dave chat with T.R. about how he cut his teeth as a journalist writing for alternative 'alt' weeklies in cities across the Midwest. Later we hear about what inspired his love of architecture and how he was able to fuse that love with his passion for writing. Finally, we learn about the significance the Historic Fifth Street School in Downtown Las Vegas holds for T.R. and his wife.
Dr. Linda Dam
This episode of Inside JMS features Journalism and Media Studies Assistant Professor, Dr. Linda Dam. Hosts Kevin and Dave chat with Linda about her current research interests in wearable health technology (think Fitbits and Apple Watches). We also get some insight into Linda's background, including why this Taekwondo Junior Black Belt and Tough Mudder competitor didn't get to sleep over at her friend's homes until she was in high school and how her 65 pound German Shepard, Olive, changed her life.