Frank Michael Russell's Profile

FRANK RUSSELL is a doctoral student at the Missouri School of Journalism researching how journalists and news organizations use social media and other digital technologies. He was the Knight visiting editor at the Columbia Missourian and visiting assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism from July 2011 to July 2013.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? In fall 2013, I worked with the Missourian's interactive copy editing desk on online news production and social media projects. Previously, I was a night news editor on the interactive copy editing desk.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? I love journalism that gives readers a better understanding of their communities and their world. I also have a strong interest in technology, both as news topic and in its use by journalists to connect with readers.

WHAT IS YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? I worked for more than 10 years at the San Jose Mercury News, where I was an online editor and writer specializing in business and technology news, chief of copy desks, deputy business copy chief, assistant business editor and a business copy editor. Previously, I worked at The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal and Los Angeles Daily News.

I have master's and bachelor's degrees from San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. At MU, I earned a Center for the Digital Globe graduate certificate, which included courses in journalism and management emphasizing globalization, innovation and digital media.

Although most of my career has been on the West Coast, I grew up in St. Louis.