About the Author
Debora Halpern Wenger, a veteran journalist and educator, is associate professor and director of undergraduate journalism at the University of Mississippi. She is also a former associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her academic appointment, she served as assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. She started her career as a reporter/anchor at KXJB in Fargo, N.D., moved on to producing at WBBH in Ft. Myers, Fla., and WMUR in Manchester, N.H., then became executive producer at WSOC in Charlotte, N.C. Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms across the country and is co-author of the broadcast, online and mobile journalism curricula for the Society of Professional Journalists' Journalism Training Program. She has been invited to work as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute. She has a BA from what is now known as Minnesota State University and an MA from University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Deborah Potter is a veteran reporter and journalism trainer who spent 16 years as a network correspondent for CBS News and CNN. She founded NewsLab (www.newslab.org), a non-profit resource for journalists, in 1998. Before joining CBS, Potter was a radio news anchor at KYW in Philadelphia and a local TV news producer in Washington, D.C. For more than a decade, she was a contributing correspondent to the PBS program "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly." Potter leads workshops for journalists in newsrooms across the United States and around the world on writing, social media, digital journalism and ethics. She has served as visiting faculty at the University of Montana and the University of Arkansas. Potter is a former faculty associate at the Poynter Institute and is the author of the "Handbook of Independent Journalism." She has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA from American University.