I dedicate a significant amount of my time to training and mentoring journalists, from high schoolers to established professionals, through teaching, volunteer work and (occasionally) paid coaching arrangements. My areas of specialty include feature writing, management, career planning, building sustainable business models, and newsroom diversity and inclusion. If you are interested in discussing a coaching relationship, please get in touch.

Coaching and consulting

As a contractor, I've worked with several newsrooms to help develop strategic plans, build management capacity, and deal with ongoing challenges. I approach these jobs as a reporter, interviewing all stakeholders and observing the company culture before making recommendations for improvement. I have also served as an executive coach to multiple editors-in-chief and executive editors. I have a particular interest in working with startup news organizations and local news sites.

Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications

I teach Sportswriting Across Platforms, an advanced-level seminar for graduates and upperclassmen in Syracuse’s prestigious Magazine, News, and Digital Journalism program. I designed the syllabus from scratch, emphasizing digital storytelling and articles by writers of color. 

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

Since 2014, I have worked as a co-director of the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, a highly selective, all-expenses-paid intensive workshop for low-income high schoolers interested in careers in media. I spend 10 days each summer living in the Princeton University dorms with our 40 students, helping them immerse themselves in the world of journalism through reporting and writing assignments. In addition, I co-oversee the college access component of the program, with the goal of helping every student get into an elite private college that will cover their full cost of attendance. Our students have gone on to write and edit for The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Sports Illustrated, and dozens of other publications, diversifying newsrooms across the country.
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Columbia Daily Spectator

Since 2017, I have served as a trustee and now chair of the board of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the 145-year-old independent student newspaper serving Columbia University, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem. My role entails not only financial oversight of the publication, but also advising students on everything from thorny ethical dilemmas to career paths in the field. 
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Speaking and training

I have led workshops and delivered keynotes on a variety of topics, including career planning, effective management, hiring better, pitching features, and editing. If you would like me to speak to your conference or event, please email me. I don’t publish my materials from these sessions, but I occasionally share them with people interested in seeing them, so don’t hesitate to ask.

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