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.
- 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.
- Used carefully, chatbots can be an asset to newsrooms. Columbia Journalism Review. March 23, 2018.
- Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in ‘The Post’ can help fix #MeToo media damage. USA Today. January 5, 2018.
- Mine eyes have seen…Two daughters of Julia Ward Howe saw their challenge as keeping ‘ma’ma’ alive. Their reward? A new literary prize. Pulitzer.org. August 2016. (Profiles of the first two women to win the Pulitzer.)
- Unskewing Facebook will take all kinds. USA Today. May 19, 2016.
- A whole new world of campaign tech. The Boston Globe. May 22, 2015. (Cover story for the Globe’s Capital section.)
- When reluctant presidential candidates need a push. The Boston Globe. March 6, 2015. (Cover story for the Globe’s Capital section.)
- Female leadership in the new news ecosystem. Media Report to Women. Spring 2014.
- Women were digital media pioneers, but there’s still a gender gap there. Columbia Journalism Review. March 24, 2014.
- J schools reboot for next generation needs. NetNewsCheck.com. May 27, 2014. (First in a series exploring digital trends in journalism education.)
- The curator’s challenge: balancing new tools and traditional journalism ethics. In A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics, edited by Don Heider and John Thomas. Chicago: Loyola University Chicago Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, 2014.
- Friends, followers and retweets: journalistic objectivity in the digital age. In A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics, edited by Don Heider and John Thomas. Chicago: Loyola University Chicago Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, 2014.