Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson

M.S., Journalism, Columbia University; B.A., Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park

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Michelle Johnson is an Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia/Online Journalism, at Boston University, where she has taught full time since 2009. In addition to teaching, Johnson oversees the award-winning Boston University News Service, a showcase for work produced BU Journalism students. In 2014 BU News Service was named top online student news site by both the Associated Press, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, and the Society of Professional Journalists, Region I. 

BU News Service coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing was nationally recognized by the Online News Association with awards in both student and professional categories in 2013.

In 2015, Johnson was chosen to be among the first cohort of professional journalists and journalism educators who have been certified to train journalists in how to use Google tools. The program is a collaboration between the Poynter Institute, Google and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Johnson was named 2013 Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Barry Bingham Fellowship, presented by the Association of Opinion Journalists for her work encouraging students of color to pursue journalism as a career.

Prior to teaching multimedia journalism at BU, she lectured in the journalism department at Emerson College as a Journalist in Residence and also spent several years there as technology manager, assisting in the renovation of the department into a multi-million dollar, cross-platform facility.

A former Boston Globe editor, Johnson was part of the team that launched the Globe’s regional web site, Prior to moving into new media, she was an editor for the print edition of the Globe. She has extensive experience writing and editing for both print and online.

For more than 15 years, Johnson has taught numerous multimedia workshops for both professional journalists and students for a variety of organizations including the Online News Association, the American Society of News Editors, the Maynard Institute, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, and UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc. Her work and teaching have taken her to newsrooms and training programs nationwide. She currently co-chairs the student newsroom project at the annual Online News Association conference.

Johnson lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., a neighborhood in Boston, with her spouse, Myrna Greenfield. They were among the first same-sex couples to be married when it became legal in Massachusetts in 2004.