A former reporter and copy editor at the LA Times, Mike also was one of the founding members of ChicagoTribune.com and taught journalism for four years at Northwestern University.
Mike is the founder of the journalism resource site, The Journalist’s Toolbox, which he updates for the Society of Professional Journalists. He developed the site while teaching Newswriting courses at Northwestern in the late 1990s.
At DePaul, he teaches Online Journalism I and II, News Editing, Multiplatform News Editing, Reporting for Converged Newsrooms, News Now, Online Sports Journalism and Intro to Journalism courses. [Mike's teaching philosophy | Interview with Harvard's Shorenstein Center]
He is also the founder and faculty adviser to DePaul’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter. SPJ DePaul was named National and Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year in its first year, and was also DePaul’s “Most Outstanding Student Organization.” He was named DePaul’s outstanding campus organization adviser in 2012 for his work with SPJ DePaul.
Mike speaks and teaches at national, regional and local journalism conferences and trains journalists on social media and other multimedia storytelling tools.