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I'm Steve Klein, a lifelong journalist and now coordinator of the Journalism concentration and Electronic Journalism minor of the Communication Department
at George Mason University. I also serve as Faculty Fellow for GMU Student Media.


This site is hosted on a server at George Mason University (see a campus map) in Fairfax, Va. I have taught for 20 years at GMU, American University, Michigan State University and Cape Cod Community College, the first 14 years as adjunct faculty while working as a full-time journalist. This is my sixth year in a full-time academic position at GMU and 10th overall.


Defining Journalism today


Jennifer Carroll Interview from Web Communications on Vimeo.
Jennifer is Vice President of New Media for Gannett.
She visited George Mason University for Communication Day on Feb. 7, 2008.


For your information


I teach two sections of Comm203/Introduction to Journalism and Comm374/Political Journalism during fall semester. Students interested in either of these courses can review the syllabi and others from the pull-down menu at the top of this page under "GMU Courses" or by accessing Townhall, GMU's conferencing and collaboration software program.

During the spring semester of 2008, I will teach Comm203/Introduction to Journalism, Comm361/Online Journalism, and Comm371-001/Sports Writing & Reporting.

During the Summer A term, I teach Comm303/Writing Across Media.

This past summer, I led a journalism program (Comm307/Field Study in Communication) to Sligo, Dublin and Belfast in Ireland. I plan to continue the program during the summer of 2009.

My office is located in 219-B Thompson Hall. Office hours during the fall semester are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Occasional, I work and meet students in 311 Johnson Center. Updates and changes to my office hours and location are posted on my office door.


What's happening in the GMU Journalism program


Mitch Albom, an old friend from my days as sports editor of the Lansing State Journal, spoke at GMU's Fall for the Book '07 celebration in September. Don't miss Fall for the Book '08!
This isn't the George Mason campus. It's the lovely town of Sligo on the northwest coast of Ireland, where I was host to a Global Education Program July 6-20. Interested in the summer of 2009? See me or Sarah Mournighan in the CGE office.
The George Mason statue by the Johnson Center is a popular gathering spot on the GMU campus. Although I got to pose this time, I often take pictures of my guests here.


  • George Mason students join C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully (on screen) in two-way live collaborative classes as part of my Political Journalism and Online Journalism classes in the GMU-TV video studio. Students from the University of Denver and Pace University also participate.


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Guest speakers the 2007-08 academic year have included (from left) Rodger Streitmatter, author of "Mightier Than the Sword;" WJLA and News8 sports anchor Greg Toland; and journalist and GMU Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins.


George Mason Journalism students, including members of Student Media, engage in conversation with Rob Curley, Vice President/New Media for Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive, in a chat session March 4. Students on the right with Rob are (from left) Isaac Pacheco, Whitney Rhodes (director of Connect Mason) and Emmy Crawford, one of three Mason-WPNI interns.
(Photo on the right by Isaac Pacheco; photo on the left by Steve Klein)


  • Also


    This fall, students from other classes, faculty and staff are invited to attend guest lectures in the 455 Innovation Hall GMU-TV video studio classroom as space allows. Guests this semester include historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, and political commentators Pat Buchanan and Tucker Carlson.

    In the United Arab Emirates with Magda

    Abu-Fadil, director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University (Beirut)

    • To view websites, blogs and class projects from Comm361/Online Journalism Spring 2008, please click here.

    • To learn something about me, click on the links to my bio and resume.

    • I write about integrated media and convergence, online sports content and online journalism as a regular contributor to a weblog called E-Media Tidbits on the Poynter Institute site.

    • From time to time, I get quoted in the media. Most recently, Stefan Fatsis quoted me on my Master's thesis research on Hugh Fullerton; and by Jennifer Dorroh in the American Journalism Review on online journalism.

    • Instructors at universities throughout the United States are now podcasting their lectures and making them available online. Here's a short lecture (under seven minutes) that I gave dealing with bias to my Comm203/Introduction to Journalism students. Click here for the RSS feed file of this lecture (the first of a lecture series) to copy into your iTunes (or other podcatching software).

    • Listen to an audio clip about the Electronic Journalism Minor (mp3).




Updated 10/16/08


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