Faculty Achievement Award, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, (May 2017)

EducationShift20, Top 20 Most Innovative Journalism Educators of 2017

Educator of the Year, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online Division (2014)

Named to Journalism’s Best in #Journalism List (February 2014)

Named to Who’s Who in Memphis Twitter by local alt-weekly The Memphis Flyer (2013)

Top Research Paper Award, International Symposium on Online Journalism (2013)

Fellowship, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, City University of New York (2013)

Winner, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award (2013)

Nominee, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award (2013 and 2012)

Fellowship, Scripps Howard Entrepreneurial Journalism Institute at Arizona State University (January 2013)

Named to Top 100 Most Tech Savvy Professors of 2012 list by Best Online Universities (2012)

Scholarship award winner to attend Poynter Institute’s Developing a Mobile Strategy Seminar (March 2012)

American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Scholarship (2012)

Nominee, Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award (2010)

Kappa Tau Alpha journalism honors society (inducted 2008)

Phi Beta Kappa (inducted 1997)

Phi Kappa Phi (inducted 1997)

University of Wisconsin Dean’s List  (1994-1998)

University of Wisconsin Madison School of Journalism Scholarship (1997-1998)

Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship (full tuition) (1994-1998)

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship (1994-1998)

Grants Awarded

Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, $20,000, in partnership with THE CITY for the Civic Newsroom project, (2022)

News Integrity Institute, $25,000, to support and strengthen community-centered, social journalism with events and other activities

Scripps Howard Foundation, $71,500/year for Teen Appeal, citywide high school newspaper program. Wrote annual grant renewal proposals, administered funds, secured increase from $70,000 to $71,500 in 2010 (2008-2012)

 Looking Out Foundation, $1000 for establishing the SafeZone program and providing materials for training sessions. This program establishes a visible volunteer network to support campus LGBT community.  Wrote successful grant proposal, administered funds. (2011)