I am an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. I teach courses in digital media ethics, civic media and oral history.
My teaching and writing investigates and analyzes the intersection of civic engagement and digital media, particularly as they relate to social justice issues.
I am currently working on The Redemption Project, a multimedia documentary project that tells the stories of “juvenile lifers,” people who are serving life without parole for crimes they were convicted of when they were teenagers. Pennsylvania currently has more juvenile lifers – about 500 – than any state in the country. There are currently some than 2,500 juvenile lifers in the United States. In every other country in the world combined there are zero.
The collaborative project combines methods and ideas from oral history, public sphere and communication activism to create a site aimed at disrupting typical media narratives of incarceration.
I was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse and newspapers in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the British West Indies, Alaska and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
I live in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Cedar Park. My wife Julija and I founded the website West Philly Local, which covers our neighborhood and others in West Philly.