• Journalism

Meg Heckman

Assistant Professor

Meg Heckman is a journalist, author and educator focused on building a news ecosystem that is robust, diverse and equipped to serve all segments of society. She is an assistant professor of journalism and a faculty affiliate of the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks

Meg writes regularly for a variety of publications about the intersection of gender, technology and journalism with a special focus on the experiences of female editors and publishers. Her methods include archival research, oral history, text analysis and plenty of shoe-leather reporting. She often collaborates with technologists, designers, entrepreneurs and other journalists, as well as scholars from the digital humanities, gender studies, sociology and data science. 

Her recent work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe, the Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter.org and the Newspaper Research Journal. She is the author of Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper that Shook the Republican Party, which will be published by Potomac Books in June 2020. 

At Northeastern, Meg teaches a mix of graduate and undergraduate classes that support students in cultivating digitally relevant skills in verification, story craft and audience engagement. She is also the advisor for the Scope, a grant-funded, editorially independent digital magazine operated by the journalism school. In that role, Meg oversees a full-time professional editor and a team of student contributors who help tell stories of justice, hope and resilience in Boston neighborhoods. Meg continues to work as a consultant for local news organizations and conducts related research into best practices for technological innovation in rural and suburban markets.  

Before coming to Northeastern in the fall of 2017, Meg was a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire where she served as a faculty fellow at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and taught in UNH’s journalism program. She spent more than a decade as a reporter and, later, the digital editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor, where she developed a fascination with presidential politics, a passion for local news and an appreciation for cars with four-wheel drive. 

She’s a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, has served twice as a Pulitzer juror and is an active member of the Journalism and Women Symposium and AEJMC’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

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Education

  • BA in English, UNH
  • MA in Journalism, NU

Awards

  • Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication fellowship, 2017 George A. Speers Memorial Director’s Award, Northeastern University, 2014
  • Publick Occurrences Award, New England Newspaper & Press Association, 2011
  • Donald M. Murray Award for Outstanding Journalism, New Hampshire Writers’ Project, 2011
  • Best online engagement, New England Associated Press News Editors Association, 2011
  • Best use of social media, New Hampshire Press Association, 2011
  • Best daily website, New Hampshire Press Association, 2011
  • Writer of the Year, New Hampshire Press Association, 2006
  • Community Reporter of the Year, New England Society of Newspaper Editors, 2006
  • Bob Drake Young Writers Award (Rookie of the Year,) Maine Press Association, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Editing coach, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc
  • Contributor, NetNewsCheck.com
  • Online and community engagement editor, Concord (NH) Monitor
  • Reporter, Concord (NH) Monitor

Courses Taught

  • JRNL 2201: Intermediate Reporting
  • JRNL 6340: Fundamentals of Digital Journalism
  • JRNL 6201: Enterprise Reporting 2
  • JRNL 1101: Fundamentals of Reporting

Professional Affiliations

Service

• Development committee member, Journalism and Women Symposium. 2014-2017

• Regional captain, Journalism and Women Symposium. Ongoing

• Juror for breaking news, The Pulitzer Prizes. February 2016

• Judge for multiple reporting categories, New Hampshire Press Association. January 2016

• Juror for local reporting, The Pulitzer Prizes. February 2015

• Judge for online categories, New England Newspaper and Press Association. December 2012

• Board member, New Hampshire Press Association. October 2009 – August 2012

• President, New Hampshire Press Association. October 2010 – December 2011

 

Professional training

• Solutions journalism workshop, Concord, NH, May 2015

• Local Independent Online News Publishers’ Summit, Columbia College Chicago, October 2013

• New Media Women Entrepreneurs, National Press Club, September 2013

• Investigative journalism fellowship, New England First Amendment Institute, 2012

• National Freedom of Information Summit, Providence, RI, May, 2011

• Multi-platform reporting fellowship, The Poynter Institute, 2008

• Reporting and writing fellowship, The Poynter Institute, 2001

 

Memberships

• Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Journalism and Women Symposium

 

Research Interests

  • digital storytelling
  • journalism/media entrepreneurship