Writer, Editor, Educator
Creative thinker who sees the big picture and can convey complex content in a compelling manner
Passionate about real journalism, music, cybersecurity and
Lately I have been focused on music:
• How COVID-19 didn't hamper the vinyl manufacturing industry from pumping out records
• My virtual presentation on how the vinyl comeback is the most improbable development of the 21st century, defying all technological, economic and ecological logic
• Leonard Cohen's complex relationship with women
• The Doors' ascendancy as the most popular American band coincided with its label Elektra Records had been located in the same building where I've taught for the past 8 years
• The night that Jim Morrison was kidnapped by his publicist.
Separately, I argue in the New York State – American Association of University Professors newsletter that higher education should use the pandemic to correct the gross inequalities and exploitation that adjunct professors suffer.
Through September 2020, I had been a regular contributor to SC Magazine (as in Secure Computing or now known as cybersecurity). The scariest recent piece for me was learning no banking app is safe from being hacked! You can find my most recent SC articles here.
This site is a good representation of the various writing I've done over the past several decades. By no means is it complete, and especially missing are the hundreds of articles I wrote as a staff editor for various now-defunct print and online publications or others that never digitized their pages and/or decommissioned servers.
Trained as a journalist, I use my analytical skills in everything I do by coupling critical thinking with a creative flair. As a wordsmith, I find interesting stories in what others might consider mundane. My B2B journalism background is particularly helpful to companies in need of online content creation, media strategy, public relations or marketing materials. I've worked as a senior copywriter at a digital advertising agency, and marketing consultant for clients in the U.S. and Europe.
My favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." The great scientist was obviously being humble, but as a versatile jack of all trades, I can relate to the sentiment. After writing thousands of articles over nearly four decades, being curious about everything serves me well. I have a knack for breaking down jargon for lay audiences. Editors tell me nobody pitch the story ideas that I do. I took Apple Computer's ad campaign to heart: I think differently.
At several publishing companies, I managed editorial and production staffs and budgets, meeting deadlines for large Fortune 500 enterprises to entrepreneurial startups. I jumped on the Internet in the early 1990s and have since worked in new media, but remain fond of print media and analog technology, despite my iPhone and iPad never being far away.
As an entrepreneur, I published and edited for 25 years and 100 issues a quarterly newspaper about the popular British television series EastEnders. I turned over the reins of the Walford Gazette to a contributor in the spring of 2018. The publication resulted in two successful self-published books, Albert Square & Me and Walford State of Mind, and a prototype magazine called UK:Cue, celebrating the cultural exchange between Britain and America in film, theatre & television that was backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
As a college professor specializing in communication arts, my goal is to get media students to think like journalists, much in the way Professor Kingsfield’s objective in the 1970s law school drama The Paper Chase was to get them “think like lawyers.” I first taught on the college level in the mid-1980s, after which I concentrated on my magazine publishing career. I returned to the classroom in 2013 with the goal of improving my students' media literacy.
Obviously, the technology available in the digital age is far greater than it was in 1986. We now explore how photographs, text, graphics, and audio, as well as data visualization tools, bring to life compelling stories on computer screens and mobile devices. But the key – no matter what medium – remains vivid writing and coming up with a compelling story. For example, here is the latest issue of the Manhattan Globe, the student-edited publication that I advise:
It's also on the web at https://manhattanglobe.net
2013 - Present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology
• Courses developed and taught from Jan. 2013 to present include:
JOUR 101; Narrative Storytelling; Digital Storytelling; Crisis Communications (graduate course); Student newspaper advisor; Advertising Copywriting; and Advanced Public Relations
• Honored as NYIT Faculty Scholar 2015 to 2020
Adjunct Instructor, St. Joseph's College, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2018
• Global Reporting; Social Media in Theory & Practice; Broadcast Reporting; Sports Reporting; and The Business of Media
Adjunct Instructor, Borough of Manhattan Community College
• English 101 (Fall 2019 semester)
Conference Chairman, Making Vinyl
• Co-Founded in 2017 B2B conference that celebrates the global rebirth of the record manufacturing industry.
•Conceive program theme, invite keynoters and other speakers,
edit program guide, write marketing and website copy
• Ran 4 successful events, two in Detroit, one in Los Angeles, and one in Berlin
2010 - 2020
1986 / JUNE
Pennsylvania State University
Graduated with M.A. in Journalism
Awarded Graduate Assistantship for my year
Taught JOUR 101 and popular culture courses
Master's project on how MTV changed the record industry
Studied empirical research methodology
1980 / JUNE
Graduated with B.A. in Communication Arts, Journalism
Minored in Sociology
Editor-in-chief, Hofstra Chronicle: awarded by Society of Collegiate Journalists the Best Weekly Newspaper in '79-'80 during my tenure
Who's Who Among American College & University Students, 1980
In 1983, completed continuing-education paralegal course in legal research at Hofstra School of Law