Recent Visiting Faculty

Erik Diehn

CEO, Midroll Media

Eirk Diehn is the CEO of Midroll Media, the parent company of Earwolf, which makes great podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang! and How Did This Get Made?; Stitcher, the world’s premiere podcast listening platform; and Midroll, which helps great podcasters’ lives get easier and gets them paid for what they do. Their clients include WTF with Marc Maron, Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more than 250 others. We are growing and strengthening the on-demand news/talk/comedy audio space, and looking to work with others who want to do the same.

Joe Humphrey

High School Journalism Program Director, Poynter; Journalism Adviser, Hillsborough High School

Joe Humphrey advises the Red & Black newspaper, Hilsborean yearbook and online news site at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He also works as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Tampa.

Humphrey serves as evaluations coordinator for the Florida Scholastic Press Association, overseeing contests and critiques. He spent four years as FSPA’s president.

Humphrey is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a master’s in Educational Leadership.

Douglas Smith

Independent Consultant

Doug Smith is the founding executive director and architect of The Punch Sulzberger Leadership Program. His challenge-centric design draws on more than three decades of helping thousands of folks lead real performance impact and change in sixty-plus industries and fields across the private, governmental and nonprofit sectors. Doug’s track record of success is cited as #1 for all consultants discussed in the book, High Impact Consulting.

Quentin Hope

Independent Consultant

Quentin Hope is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience serving clients across a broad range of industries and organizations in the areas of strategic alignment, organization design, organization effectiveness and change management. He also has extensive experience in public media and digital media management and consulting.

His consulting experience includes 13 years with McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager, organization specialist and senior fellow with firm’s organization design practice.

David Fahrenthold

Reporter, The Washington Post

David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post reporter whom CNN called “a breakout star in the 2016 campaign reporting.” He was behind some of the biggest scoops of the campaign reporting season.

He obtained the “Access Hollywood” tape that upended the campaign in early October. Fahrenthold used Twitter, a phone and a note pad to track millions of dollars that Donald Trump said he donated to charity.

Michelle Ferrier


Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years’ experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Currently, she is an associate professor at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Ferrier is the president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change.

Joy Mayer

Community Engagement Strategist

Joy’s work focuses on the continually evolving notion of audience engagement in journalism — how communicators can foster two-way conversations, collaborate with their communities and know who they’re serving and how well they’re doing it. She is a consulting fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and an adjunct faculty member at Poynter and at the University of Florida.

Lana Durban Scott

Senior Director of News Strategy and Operations, The E.W. Scripps Company

Lana Durban Scott is the senior director of news strategy and operations for The E.W. Scripps Company’s television station group. She manages a system of shared resources and best practices across the company’s thirteen television stations with the goal of producing quality journalism across all platforms. Lana worked at WEWS, a Scripps station in Cleveland, for 15 years prior to joining the Scripps corporate team.

Poynter teaching event: Poynter Producer Project, Apr. 7-9, at Poynter.

Bethany Swain

Lecturer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland College Park, MD

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Bethany Swain has covered a wide variety of news events from the Pope and Sarah Palin to the Queen of England and NATO troops in Afghanistan during her 10 years shooting, editing, writing and producing stories for CNN. She was a versatile member of the Washington, D.C.

Mark Johnson

Senior Lecturer, Photojournalism, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia

Mark E. Johnson teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the college’s Chief Technology Officer. He directs the annual Woodall Weekend Workshop that takes advanced photojournalism students into rural Georgia counties to tell their stories as well as a fall workshop that has centered on motorsports photojournalism and the Georgia National Fair in the past. He developed the college’s first dedicated online news site and runs