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Jeremiah Patterson Professorial Lecturer School of Communication

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SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 240
Additional Positions at AU
Incoming Program Director, Journalism and Digital Storytelling M.A.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow
Co-Chair, SOC Diversity Committee
MA Journalism and Public Affairs, American University

BA Broadcast Communication, Westminster College


Jeremiah teaches a variety of digital, multimedia and broadcast courses in the Journalism Division at American University’s School of Communication. He is the division's lead faculty member on digital communication and technology skills and he's fierce about bringing emerging media into the classroom. He specializes in digital news production and storytelling, with a background in web design.

After graduating with an MA from AU SOC, he served as a web content developer for The Wildlife Society before becoming Digital Manager for the Online News Association. In that role, he was a key player in the world’s largest association of digital journalists. Later, he deepened ONA’s partnership with #AUJournalism by hosting the first student-focused, pre-conference session at AU.

Jeremiah is the incoming Director of the Journalism and Digital Storytelling MA program, starting in July, 2020. Having taught in the program for five years, he's thrilled to be taking over and to be working more closely with weekend graduate students.

On campus, he serves as Co-Chair of the SOC Diversity Committee and is the faculty adviser for Visible, AU's first LGBTQ student publication. He designed and manages The Wash, a mainstay of journalism student work. He also authors the monthly Journalism Division newsletter.

Jeremiah is currently a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow at The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning on campus. There, he's researching and exploring the impact of design thinking on classroom instruction.

He created a course for Spring 2018 called Storytelling with Emerging Media, designed for students who are looking to collaborate and experiment with new tools and tech in the journalism landscape, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Live, VR and AR.

An Ohio native, Jeremiah has now lived in D.C. for 10 years. Ask him about his dog, Iggy.

For the Media
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Spring 2021

  • COMM-305 Digital Skills

  • COMM-305 Digital Skills

  • COMM-305 Digital Skills

Summer 2021

  • COMM-624 Boot Camp for Journalists

  • COMM-624 Boot Camp for Journalists

  • COMM-652 Web Studio

  • COMM-720 Capstone Seminar in Journalism

Fall 2021

  • COMM-621 Community News Reporting

  • COMM-652 Web Studio