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Undergraduate Director

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Wendy Whitt
Senior Instructor/Undergraduate Director

Contact

Email
(813) 974-4462
Office: CIS 3110

Curriculum Vitae

Bio

Wendy M. Whitt is the undergraduate director and a senior 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 Experience18 years in newspaper journalism; 1.5 years in public relations

Teaching

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)