Tom Davidson, director of product management and design experimentation for Gannett | USA Today Network, teaches JOUR455: Media Entrepreneurship. Davidson's career includes stints as senior director for PBS Digital; vice president for business and partner development at GrowthSpur; vice president for content at Tribune Interactive; interactive general manager for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, and a reporter and editor at the Sun-Sentinel.
Shanaz Baksh, a freelance multimedia journalist based in Baltimore, co-teaches JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate Students, with Jennifer Rynda. Baksh has shot video for The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and also researched and reported for United Press International, Investigative Reporting Workshop and the Center for Public Integrity. She was a social media editor and blogger at The Baltimore Sun, where she launched The Darkroom multimedia blog. Her work has also appeared on ABC "World News," PBS’ "Need to Know" and in Colorlines, Mother Jones, Indymedia and The New Republic.
Eric Falquero, an award-winning designer, reporter and editor, teaches JOUR652: Interactive Design and Development. Falquero’s career has focused on poverty for the last eight years. He runs the nonprofit newsroom at Street Sense Media, including managing digital content and running a robust internship training program. He has honed his expertise through multiple fellowships with the National Press Foundation, American Society of News Editors, the Metcalf Institute, and most recently The American Press Association - which he is working with for a year to embed community listening and engagement into the culture of his newsroom. He was twice elected to serve on the board of directors for the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Pro chapter. Falquero holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Marshall University.
Jennifer Rynda, a former staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, co-teaches JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate Students, with Shanaz Baksh. Before coming to Baltimore, Rynda worked for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards for her work, with the National Press Photographers Association, the MDDC Press Association and the New York State AP. She is currently a photographer/videographer for Lockheed Martin.
Ron Yaros, an associate professor at Merrill College, teaches JOUR623: Mobile Journalism. Yaros researches how news consumers seek, select and share information online and on mobile devices. He has 20 years of experience as a radio/TV reporter/anchor and 20 years as a researcher. In 2017, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and inducted into the first cohort of the Tow-Knight Disruptive Educators Network for Journalism Innovation and Entrepreneurship.