Brandon Szuminsky is an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches journalism and feature writing courses and is the faculty advisor to the student newspaper, The Exponent.
Szuminsky earned a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Communications Media and Instructional Technology, with dissertation research on the sourcing practices of Pennsylvania journalists covering the Marcellus shale natural gas industry in the state. He also earned a master’s of business administration and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Electronic Media from Waynesburg University. Szuminsky has presented and published research on framing and bias in front page newspaper coverage of controversial Supreme Court rulings, media framing and sourcing, and the transmission of hoaxes and misinformation on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Before joining Baldwin Wallace, Szuminsky was an instructor of communication at Waynesburg University for nine years, where he guided student journalists at The Yellow Jacket to more than three dozen regional, state and national journalism awards, including the best non-daily student newspaper award from the Society of Professional Journalist Region 4 and a national award from SPJ for in-depth reporting of the opioid crisis in southwestern Pennsylvania. He also advised the student SPJ chapter and led university service trips to Patzun, Guatemala, and to Concord, N.C., with Habitat for Humanity. He received the Lucas D. Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence from Waynesburg University in 2012.
Prior to joining academia, Szuminsky 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.