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 TodayThe 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.
Recent research
  • Her Truth: Analyzing the Editorials of Nackey Scripps Loeb. Conference Paper, Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, New York University, March 2018.
  • Mobile Site Experience and Local News: Missed Innovation Opportunities? (co-author) Conference Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division, University of Oklahoma, March 2018.
Selected publications 

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