About

Hassler_0248 - CopyThis is my space to share my thoughts on innovative news gathering, awesome writing, excellent editing, sensational storytelling and the churning world of journalism and journalism education.

I’m an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I teach multimedia reporting, online journalism, social media and news engagement.  I also do consulting, primarily about social media and community engagement. I’ve worked with schools, media organizations and non-profits.

In the classroom, I’m passionate about teaching students how to think big and in new ways, and I try to help them take advantage of all that digital journalism has to offer. In addition to regularly teaching a capstone online journalism course, I created UNL’s first social media course for journalism majors.

I’m fascinated by the disruption in journalism and all the interesting possibilities it creates. My interests include community engagement, innovative multimedia storytelling and social media.

In the fall of 2014, I lead students in a capstone journalism class to produce multimedia stories for the Heartland Project, funded by the Ford Foundation to “increase media coverage of minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Nebraska.” The students produced a series of stories about the joys and struggles of residents in a diverse city neighborhood.

In the spring of 2011, I co-taught a distance seminar with Arizona State University’s Len Downie Jr. and University of Maryland’s Deborah Nelson as part of a News21 investigation into food safety.

Before joining the UNL faculty in 1998, I spent 16 years working as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Colorado, Arizona and Nebraska.  The specifics are in my bio. Follow me here.

  • My email: mhassler3@unl.edu
  • Phone: 402-472-7050

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