Full-Time Faculty

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Stephen J. Fox

Multimedia Journalism, Sports Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Political Journalism, Multimedia Bootcamp, Journalism Success, Multimedia Journalism Coordinator

Senior Lecturer
M.A., American University

Bartlett Hall,
413-545-1376
stevejfox@gmail.com

Steve Fox has 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor in various capacities at The Washington Post's award-winning Web site. Prior to joining The Post, he was a sportswriter and editor at different publications for about 10 years, including serving as the national college basketball writer for United Press International.

Steve has been involved with Web journalism since the mid 90s. He joined The Washington Post’s Web site in 1996, just months after the site went live on the Web. He edited one of the first news blogs on the Web and was involved in planning and editing multiple multimedia projects at The Post.
 
At The Post, he was part of news teams that won numerous awards, including the Online News Association's award for Most Creative Use of the Medium in 2004, as well as the EPPY award for Best Internet News Service in 2004.  He left in October 2006 after spending 15 months as the liaison between the print newsroom and the Web newsroom. During that time he facilitated training of print editors and reporters in everything from shooting video to taking part in online chats to understanding the ebb and flow of the online newsroom. Prior to that he managed the morning news operation of the 24-hour site, making decisions on what went on The Post's homepage during the busiest part of the online day. He was also part of The Post's online political team, serving as national/and political editor during the 9/11 terror attacks and the 2002 midterm elections and guiding coverage of the post-election debacle of 2000.

He was originally hired by The Post's online division in the Fall of 1996 after taking one course in HTML production.  He joined The Post's online sports team and helped coordinate coverage of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano and ran the night sports desk.  When he was hired, it fulfilled a career dream of Steve's to work for The Post.

In November 2006, Steve worked with NYU's Jay Rosen and a small group of editors to get Assignment Zero, the first project,  NewAssignment.Net , off the ground. He served as the project manager prior to its launch and managed many of the contributors and editors initially involved with the project.

Steve has been a consultant for several start-ups and also collaborated with Mark Briggs and Jan Shaffer in producing Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive -- A Digital Literacy Guide for the The Information Age.

Steve began as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland's journalism school in 1998, teaching an introduction to journalism course. For the past four years, his focus has been on the online journalism section of the program. Steve has also spoken about online journalism and the role of the Web at numerous conferences and forums.

Steve has a master's degree in International Affairs from American University and a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and he remains a devoted Wildcats basketball fan.

Read a profile of Steve Fox on the SBS website.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376