David Mindich is a visiting scholar at NYU and a professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He has been at St. Michael’s since 1996 and served nine of those years as chair.
Before coming to St. Michael’s, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University. He has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilson Quarterly, and other publications. He is the author of Just the Facts: How “Objectivity” Came to Define American Journalism and Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don’t Follow the News (Oxford University Press, 2005), a book Walter Cronkite called “very important….a handbook for the desperately needed attempt to inspire in the young generation a curiosity that generates the news habit.”
Since the publication of Tuned Out, Mindich has given talks about young people and news to media groups (including the New York Times and USA Today) and at schools around the country.
Mindich founded Jhistory, an Internet group for journalism historians, in 1994. In 1998-1999, he was head of the History Division of the AEJMC. In 2002, the AEJMC awarded Mindich the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Teaching and Public Service. In 2006, CASE and the Carnegie Foundation named Mindich the Vermont Professor of the Year. In 2011, he was named New England Journalism Educator of the Year by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.
Mindich’s project at NYU will be an exploration of the birth of popular journalism in New York City in the 1830s, a period of innovation with parallels to our own time.