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David Carlson David Carlson

Executive Director

Carlson has more than 20 years of experience in print journalism with job experiences from reporter and photographer to editor, designer and manager of daily newspapers. A pioneer in the development of interactive newspapers, Carlson is executive director of the college’s Center for Media Innovation + Research and director of the college’s Interactive Media Laboratory. He is a consultant to some of the world’s foremost online services and software companies and the former new media columnist for American Journalism Review. He teaches about the electronic community and the future of mass media. Carlson was national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2005-2006, the first educator ever to hold the post. He serves on the board of directors of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. A noted speaker and futurist, he has given more than 100 presentations on five continents.

Matt Sheehan Matt Sheehan

Director – 21st Century News Lab

Sheehan joined the college after two years in the media startup world, where he served as chief operating officer for a niche media company. A journalist and MBA, he has jumped between established/emerging media and the academy. He’s served as an assistant news editor at The Washington Post, worked at a few East Coast papers (as an editor, reporter, designer and online producer), and spent a few years as an academic administrator at the University of Maryland, where he also taught.

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