Brandon Szuminsky

Brandon Szuminsky is an instructor of communication at Waynesburg University in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where he teaches journalism courses and media research. He is also the faculty advisor to the award-winning student newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, which has been recognized four times by the Society of Professional Journalists as one of the best non-daily student newspapers in a four-state region. He also advises the student SPJ chapter and leads university service trips to Patzun, Guatemala, and to Concord, N.C., with Habitat for Humanity.

Prior to joining academia, he was an editor and columnist for the Uniontown Herald-Standard, a daily newspaper in Fayette County, Pa., where he ran writers for the health and entertainment sections and wrote a weekly column (and gave the best darn ever commencement address that nobody asked for). Before that, Szuminsky was a copy editor at Black Box Network Services, a provider of communications and infrastructure solutions with 175,000 customers worldwide. He has also worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Herald-Standard and the Greene County Messenger in Waynesburg, Pa.

Szuminsky is also a Ph.D. candidate in Communications Media and Instructional Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently researching the sourcing practices of journalists covering the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, as well as framing bias in front page newspaper coverage of the ‘Obamacare’ Supreme Court Ruling. He has also investigated the transmission of hoaxes and misinformation on Twitter and other social media platforms and contributed to a book on media hoaxes marking the 75th anniversary of the infamous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

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