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Michelle Johnson

Associate Professor of the Practice

Boston University

Boston, MA




Michelle Johnson is an Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism at Boston University.




M.S., Journalism, Columbia University, 1982; B.S., Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, 1978.




Michelle Johnson has taught multimedia journalism at Boston University for six years. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University she taught for two years at Emerson College.  Johnson was named NABJ Educator of the Year in 2013 and has won numerous other awards for her teaching and journalism. For more than 15 years, she has volunteered as a professional mentor on the NABJ student project. Johnson has taught numerous multimedia workshops for both professional journalists and students for ONA, ASNE, NAHJ, UNITY, NLGJA and the Maynard Institute. Her work and teaching have taken her to schools and newsrooms nationwide.


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Michelle Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and She was part of the team that launched in 1995. She started as a copy editor at the Globe and was eventually promoted to a variety of senior editing positions. Prior to joining academia, Johnson freelanced the Boston Globe’s Personal Tech column for six years and worked as a web consultant. At BU in addition to teaching, she oversees the award-winning Boston University News Service, a showcase for work produced by BU Journalism students. She serves on the Journalism Department and College of Communication curriculum committees.




As more NABJ members transition from the newsroom to the classroom it’s imperative that we have a strong advocate on the national board. As your representative I will work hard to bring your perspective and issues to the forefront. We’ll work together to develop programming that’s relevant to you. I’m a veteran educator and journalist. I know that we need to innovate as we educate. Academia isn’t the newsroom and comes with its own set of challenges. You need a representative who understands this. I’m prepared to represent and help NABJ’s educators move forward in the digital age.





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