• Journalism

Meg Heckman

Assistant Professor

Meg Heckman is an assistant professor of journalism and a faculty affiliate of the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks. She 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 student-run startup devoted to telling stories of justice, hope and resilience in Boston and beyond.

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 a variety of classes 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. Meg writes regularly for a variety of publications about the intersection of gender, technology and journalism, and her recent work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe and the Columbia Journalism Review. She also continues to work as an occasional consultant for local news organizations striving to find their voices online.

She’s a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, has served twice as a Pulitzer juror and is the New England regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium. She holds a bachelors degree in English from UNH and a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern. Her graduate thesis – Where the Women Are: Measuring Female Leadership in the New Journalism Ecology – is the foundation for her ongoing efforts to ensure that the future of journalism is crafted by diverse practitioners who understand the importance of finding and telling inclusive stories.

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Education

  • bachelors degree in English from UNH
  • master's degree in journalism from Northeastern.

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

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

  • community journalism
  • creating a media ecosystem that's sustainable and inclusive.
  • digital storytelling
  • Gender representation in journalism/media
  • journalism/media entrepreneurship