Michele Day, Student Media Adviser/Lecturer Northern Kentucky University
Workshop role: Workshop director
I discovered journalism at a summer camp for high school students. More than 30 years later, I’m still going to journalism camp.
But now, I’m organizing the event – and planning activities that reflect the transformation of journalism today. As the founding director of Northern Kentucky University’s Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop, I work to put together a program that includes things like shooting Instagram photos on iPads, posting videos on websites and developing infographics with data – in addition to the traditional interviewing and writing techniques that I learned as a teen.
But the overall purpose of the program is quite similar to the camp of my youth. I still want to give students a peek into the lives of journalists and how they can tell interesting, credible and important stories. The difference is that today, we have a lot more ways to tell those stories.
As for my background, I worked for newspapers for more than 20 years, including 17 years as an editor and a reporter for the Cincinnati and Kentucky Post. I’ve been teaching at NKU since 2001 and also am the faculty adviser for the NKU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Outside of NKU and journalism, I’ve recently discovered podcasts and the Overdrive app that allows me to check out audiobooks on my phone. If you see me walking around with headphones, I’m probably listening to a “Freakonomics” podcast or “The Checklist Manifesto.”
What’s your favorite Social Media: I’ll go with Twitter. It’s such an incredible resource. I follow fascinating people so it opens up whole new worlds for me.
What’s your dream job: Most days, I’m living the dream. What could be more exciting than sharing journalism experiences with a new generation. On the occasional bad day in academia, I think I’d like to work in a little bookstore near the beach.
One interesting fact: I’m a big walker — averaging more than 13,000 steps a day during the summer.