Peg Achterman

ABOUT ME

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Journalism and Film, Seattle Pacific University

Advisor, The Falcon – Seattle Pacific University’s Independent Student Newspaper

I joined the SPU faculty in 2014 to help integrate digital practices into the journalism curriculum and develop new courses to prepare students for future work that we can hardly imagine. The challenge to stay up to date and at the same time provide solid writing and reporting skills requires flexibility and willingness to learn that was at the heart of my journalism career.

I teach a variety of journalism and communication courses including: Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, Convergence (Multimedia) Journalism, Media Literacy, Interpersonal Communication, and Disciplinary Research & Writing Seminars. I also lead our internship program and take great pride in our students who have worked with City of Seattle Communications, KNKX Public Radio, KING Television, TechStars, Seattle International Film Festival, and dozens of other Seattle area businesses and non-profit organizations.

I returned to the University of Washington to work on my Ph.D. following a 20+ year career in broadcasting. Grass Valley – a broadcast equipment manufacturer –  hired me as a software instructor and developer and I  traveled the Americas, Europe and the Middle East teaching newsroom employees the joys of non-linear editing and digital workflow. Prior to this work I spent 17 years in the local television news business–-much of  at KING Television in Seattle where I was a TV news photographer and field producer . The highlights of my photojournalism career included regional National Press Photographer Association awards and service as a national judge for the NPPA Photographer of the Year and Station of the Year competitions.

My creative work includes photographic essays, video, and interactive websites. I also continue to expand some of my graduate  research in examining changes within print and broadcast newsrooms as they incorporate web and multimedia into daily news work. I am currently looking at how these newsrooms have adopted social media into their distribution systems.

BA, University of Washington, 1982; MS, Newhouse School – Syracuse University, 1983; Ph.D, University of Washington, 2012.