Nicholas Hirshon is a teaching fellow and Ph.D. student at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Hirshon previously taught as an adjunct at St. John’s University (2010-2013) and LaGuardia Community College (2009-2013) in New York City. At St. John’s, Hirshon helped revitalize the defunct campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He won an AEJMC Promising Professors Award in 2014 in recognition of his “excellence and innovation in teaching.”
Hirshon was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 2005 to 2011 and has freelanced for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. At the Daily News, his coverage of historic sites earned a Friend from the Media Award from a prominent preservation group, the Historic Districts Council.
He has published two books, “Images of America: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum” (2010), the only book on the Long Island hockey arena that hosts the New York Islanders, and “Images of America: Forest Hills” (2013), with a foreword by comedian Ray Romano. His work has also appeared in the Hockey News, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Montreal Gazette, New York Amsterdam News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Tampa Tribune.
Stephanie Miles a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa. Miles received her B.S. in Agricultural Communications and M.A. in Mass Communication from Texas Tech University. After her Master’s degree, she gained professional experience in the mass communication industry producing video and web content. However, her heart was always in higher education. She returned to her studies at the University of Iowa hopes to continue to use her passion for teaching and research as a professor after graduating in May 2016. Miles’ current research area is the influence of online, peer-generated information on health attitudes and behaviors.
Ginger Blackstone is a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Florida’s Mass Communications program. She is on academic leave from Harding University, where she spent four years as an Assistant Professor, Instructor, Adjunct Instructor, and News Director of the university’s cable television station, TV16. She earned her Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and her undergraduate degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting at Harding University. Before her career in academe, Ms. Blackstone spent nearly two decades in the broadcast and cable news industry, including 13 years at CNN as an award-winning Supervising/Executive Producer and Producer. Prior to that, she held management, producer, reporter, and anchor positions at various local television stations across the south.
Her research interests are in the persuasive power of media, partisan bias and misinformation, and the future of journalism in the new media/Millennial landscape. Her research has been presented at a number of international and national academic conferences, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Broadcast Education Association, American Journalism Historians Association, National Communication Association, and International Communication Association.
University of Florida