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          ekmeyer@illinois.edu

 


Education

  • M.A., Marquette University
  • B.S.J., Kansas University

Course Specialties

  • Multimedia Editing and Design
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Hands-on Media Technology
  • Data Visualization
  • Issues in Journalism
  • News Editing
  • Professional Projects

Background
A veteran journalist, Meyer began teaching after nearly two decades as Page One and planning editor, news photo and graphics editor, assistant news editor, systems editor, copy desk chief and reporter at the Milwaukee Journal, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Before that he was Sunday editor, assistant news editor, night editor and reporter for the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph and editor in chief of his college newspaper, the University Daily Kansan. Since teaching, he has remained active as editor and publisher of three community weeklies in Kansas, which in 2016 won a record 23 statewide awards, and previously as creator and publisher of the multiple award-winning NewsLink online media resource, which he later sold, and as online publisher of American Journalism Review magazine and executive producer of its State of the American Newspaper project. He previously taught journalism part-time at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Research/Creative Endeavor
Author of “Designing Infographics” and “Tomorrow’s News Today: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Online Publishing,” Meyer was a Scripps-Howard Foundation visiting professor of social media at the Dallas Morning News in 2015. In the past 12 years he has directed class projects that four times have won first place nationally in online journalism competitions by the Society of Professional Journalists or the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Published journal articles have focused on a critique of online metrics and on viability of metered paywall access for community news sites. Student projects he supervised have been selected four times in the past five years for inclusion in the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium. His current projects include examination of factors influencing the effectiveness of social media postings and whether search engine optimization, while increasing transient traffic, may decrease habitual traffic necessary for subscription based websites. He also collaborated with visiting scholar Ahmed Orabi on a paper to be presented at AEJMC’s 2016 convention on the importance of incremental online coverage of breaking news in a less-open society. His overall focus in research and creative endeavor is on developing and testing multiplatform content and design strategies to maximize audience engagement and habituation. 

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