Brian P. McDermott
web Design, Photojournalism, video Journalism, new media
Lecturer and Online Program Co-Director
Brian McDermott joined the faculty at UMass full-time in September 2009. He began his career as a photojournalist, working at a newspaper in Pennsylvania. From there, he headed west to Missoula, Montana, where he went to graduate school and took a new media path. He has published photography, multimedia and writing in outlets like the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Associated Press, Boston Magazine and many others.
His writing about journalism has appeared in the Online Journalism Review and News Photographer. He has built websites commercially, produced video pieces, and is currently the chair of the National Press Photographers Association's Student Quarterly Clip Contest. He designed and maintains this website and is the co-director of the online journalism program.
During the summer of 2013, he produced and taught Building a Basic Website, the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Along with MOOCs from Harvard and M.I.T., it was named one of the eight "most interesting" in the region by the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.