- Bill Reader, Associate Professor
- Scripps Hall 102
EDUCATION: M.A., Media Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.
EXPERIENCE: Joined the faculty in 2002. Served as adviser to the Ohio University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and as advisor to the student-produced alumni newsletter, The Ohio Journalist.
Teaches news writing, news editing, media ethics, online journalism, magazine/newsletter editing/production, and journalism & society. Has taught editing, publication design, opinion writing, Web design, photojournalism, and media graphics at other schools.
Previously taught in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000-2002, and was a lecturer in the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University, 1998-2000.
Worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer, copy editor, and page designer throughout the 1990s. Has several professional awards, including first-place honors for reporting and editorial writing from the Keystone Press Awards in Pennsylvania, and was a member of the design team that won World`s Best Designed Newspapers honors from the Society of News Design in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH: Research focuses on community journalism, journalism ethics, and various forms of audience feedback (letters to the editor, online comments, etc.). Co-author with Steven Knowlton of Dublin City University, Ireland, of Moral Reasoning for Journalists (Praeger, 2008) and is co-editor with John Hatcher of University of Minnesota Duluth of Foundations of Community Journalism (in production, SAGE 2011). Guest editor of special issue of Newspaper Research Journal, "The Future of Community Newspapers" (winter 2011). Research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Newspaper Research Journal and Journal of Mass Media Ethics. Reader also has written professional essays for various newspapers and for trade journals including American Journalism Review, Quill, The Masthead, and Grassroots Editor. He has written written chapters for several scholarly books.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: He is a founding member and former head of AEJMC’s Community Journalism Interest Group and is a partner with the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Reader also is a member of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. He is on the editorial board of Newspaper Research Journal.
Reader’s resume is available here.