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Nerissa Young

Nerissa Young
Associate Instructor
Schoonover Center 220


Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services in Columbus, Ohio, consultant-author-producer-trainer, 2016-2018. Partner in grant to write social media guidelines for covering suicide. Conducted workshops, developed curriculum and website to teach better reporting:

Writer and editor, 2011 to current:

The Commercial-Dispatch in Columbus, Mississippi, news editor, November 2011 to January 2012

Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, assistant professor and adviser to the campus newspaper, 2007-2011

Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, visiting assistant professor, 2004-2007

Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, visiting assistant professor, 2002-2003

The Register-Herald in Beckley, West Virginia, general assignment reporter, columnist, editorial writer and special projects director, 1993-2002

WMTD Radio in Hinton, West Virginia, board operator and traffic manager, 1986-1988, 1989-1990


Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Journalism and Trauma, Columbia, Missouri, 2015.

Fellow, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Phoenix, Arizona, 2014

Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Master of Arts in journalism, 1993

Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, Bachelor of Science in secondary education, 1987


Suicide Reporting Recommendations: Media as Partners in Suicide Prevention by American Association of Suicidology in 2018, co-author

Underserved Communities and Digital Discourse: Getting Voices Heard by Lexington Books in October 2018. Co-author of Chapter 4: Community Crisis and Coverage: Coping With Newsroom Compassion Fatigue

Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism by New Forums Press in March 2015. Wrote Chapter 7: Post-Hazelwood: The courts debate forum and legitimate educational concerns

Mass Communication Law in West Virginia, 2nd Edition, by New Forums Press in July 2012, author

Peek-A-Boo Kitty, by Publish America in November 2011, author

Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media, 4th Edition, by Marion Street Press in 2011, section editor and contributing writer

Freelance work published by The Athens News, Farm Journal, Blue Ridge Country, WV Inc., Shepherdstown Chronicle and Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists

Professional affiliation:

Society of Professional Journalists, 1991 to current: former member of Journalism Education, Ethics and Project Watchdog national committees; former adviser to Shepherd University chapter, current adviser to Ohio University chapter (named outstanding national campus chapter in 2014 and 2016-2018); recipient of David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award in 2015

Research interests:

Media law, media ethics, journalism and trauma

Courses taught at OU:

Introduction to Mass Communication, Precision Language, Editing, Mass Media Writing Principles, Business Reporting, Documentary Journalism: Nonfiction Storytelling About the Environment, Journalism and Trauma