I’m an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a special interest in online journalism and the future of news. I also train journalists and consult with newsrooms on editorial product development.

My new book, Producing Online News: New Tools, Stronger Stories is due out later this year from CQPress. I’m also a coauthor of Reaching Audiences, 5th Edition, an introductory newswriting textbook.

Before coming to UNC in 2007, I spent my career in the newsroom, focusing on online journalism. Most recently, I was the managing editor of USNews.com, the online arm of U.S. News & World Report. I also served as a managing editor for Congressional Quarterly’s Web site, www.cq.com, and was the national/international editor for The Washington Post’s Web site, www.washingtonpost.com from 2003 to 2005. I started working in online news when I joined washingtonpost.com as a producer in 1997.


219 Carroll Hall
CB 3365
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365

(919) 962-4080
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Ryan Thornburg