Recent Visiting Faculty

Failure Factories

Tampa Bay Times Staff, Winners of 2016 Pulitzer Prize

A team from the Tampa Bay Times, including Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Gartner and Dirk Shadd, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for their work in Failure Factories. The award honored this series for “exposing a local school board’s culpability in turning some county schools into failure factories, with tragic consequences for the community.”

Diana K. Sugg

Editor, Baltimore Sun

Diana K. Sugg is a veteran newspaper reporter who is now editing projects at The Baltimore Sun. She was a medical reporter at The Sun for 10 years, covering a range of breaking news, enterprise and features. She won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2003 for a collection of stories that delved into the primitive nature of modern medicine. She has won several national awards for stories that included crime coverage at The Sacramento Bee and health care stories at The Baltimore Sun.

Lucie Lacava

President, Lacava Design Inc.

Lucie Lacava is a design consultant for Lacava Design Inc., a firm offering visual strategies for print and digital media. Previously, she held the position of design editor at the Montreal Gazette and AME at Le Devoir, before founding her company in 1993.

Since then, she has given visual personality to more than 100 publications across eight countries including the UAE and Singapore. Her professional contributions include past presidency of the Society for News Design (2001), and as founding member of the francophone chapter of SND.

Jared Cocken

Chief Product Officer, Fitocracy

Jared Cocken is an Englishman in New York. He is a self-confessed design and technology geek who has been creating things with computers since that fateful day in a sunny beer garden when his dad swapped a black-and-white portable television for a Sinclair ZX81.

Since his role at Fitocracy combines his three biggest passions of design, fitness and technology, he’s really very excited about it. Prior to joining Fitocracy, Cocken was a creative director at top New York agency, The Wonderfactory, where he helped design some of the world’s largest websites.

John Temple

Managing Editor, Investigative Reporting Program

John Temple is the managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Program, a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is also an associate adjunct professor of investigative reporting.

He has served in numerous newsroom leadership roles, including as president, audience and products at First Look Media; managing editor of The Washington Post; founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat; and editor, president and publisher of the late Rocky Mountain News.

Susan Mango Curtis

Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Susan Mango Curtis is an educator, designer and consultant with an academic appointment as associate professor at Medill, Northwestern University, specializing in visual storytelling and digital publishing.

Valerie Streit

Publisher, Community & Outreach, Google News / Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Valerie Streit is Publisher, Community & Outreach, Google News / Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). Previously, she was manager of creative insights at YouTube and developed global social media and audience participation campaigns for CNN.

Streit began her career as a broadcast news producer in San Diego and San Francisco. She graduated with a master’s degree in Media Ecology from New York University, and she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Theatre from the University of California, San Diego. She is based in New York.

Jack Metzgar

Retired Professor of Humanities, Roosevelt University; Core Member, Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies

From the Working-Class Perspectives contributors page:

Jack Metzgar is a retired Professor of Humanities from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he is a core member of the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies. His research interests include labor politics, working-class voting patterns, working-class culture, and popular and political discourse about class. He is a former President of the Working-Class Studies Association.

Mike Swartz

Partner, Upstatement

Mike Swartz is a designer, engineer and partner at the digital firm, Upstatement, which he founded in 2008. Before Upstatement, Swartz worked as an editorial designer in the newsrooms of the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News and Complex magazine.

His work has been honored by the Webbys, Society for News Design, AIGA, Editor and Publisher, Communication Arts and others.

Simone Ispa-Landa

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

From her Northwestern University faculty page:

Simone Ispa-Landa’s research examines the processes that reproduce and magnify social exclusion, as well as the ways in which subordinate individuals and groups make sense of, and seek to combat, disadvantaged statuses. Much of her work investigates how people in stigmatized communities understand dominant ideologies.