Associate Director

Wendy Whitt

Wendy Whitt


Phone: (813) 974-4462
Office: CIS 3110

Curriculum Vitae


Wendy M. Whitt is the associate director and an associate instructor in the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications. She teaches reporting and mass media writing courses, and coordinates the internship program. Whitt also serves as the Online News Association adviser.

She is a veteran newsroom leader who spent most of her career as a senior editor. She has been a reporter, copy editor and editor at newspapers in Florida, California and North Carolina. In Florida, she worked at The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her editing experience includes investigative and enterprise reporting; local, state and national politics; and local news. Multimedia storytelling and news packaging/design are among her areas of expertise.

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • First Amendment law
  • Public affairs and local news reporting
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Writing
  • Education
  • M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed., Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Education (English), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Experience

18 years in newspaper journalism; 1.5 years in public relations


USF since 2013. Other experience: adjunct instructor at USF, community college instructor and high school English teacher

Specialty Area

Reporting and writing

Courses Taught

  • Writing for the Mass Media (MMC 2100)
  • Beginning Reporting (JOU 2100)
  • Public Affairs Reporting (JOU 4181)
  • Media Law & Ethics (MMC 4208)
  • Social Media Opinion (MMC 4936ST)
  • Social Media as Mass Communication (MMC 4936ST)·
  • Multimedia Journalism (JOU 5344)
  • Newswriting & Editing (JOU 5105)
  • Multimedia Journalism(JOU 5344)
  • Multimedia Journalism (MMC 4936ST)
  • Mass Communications Internships (MMC 4945)