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Donna Bertazzoni

Donna Bertazzoni

Professor of Journalism

Tel: 301-663-3743
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 202
Office hours: By appointment


  • M.B.A., Frostburg State University
  • B.A., Northeastern University


I teach a combination of journalism skills courses and theory courses. I have been at Hood since 1987. Before that, I worked at daily newspapers in both Massachusetts and Maryland for 14 years. My jobs ranged from sports reporter to copy editor to lifestyle editor to Sunday editor.

My favorite newsroom job was as city editor and assistant managing editor for The Daily Mail in Hagerstown, Md. I worked directly with reporters, assigning and editing their stories, laying out pages, selecting photographs and writing headlines. Needless to say, one of my favorite courses to teach is Editing and Layout, which requires all of those skills. Other courses I teach include Media History, Communications Law, Television in America and the Seminar in Media Issues, which focuses on ethics across the media.

I also co-teach Censorship in America with Janis Judson from the political science department. That collaboration led us to research and write the book Law, Media and Culture: The Landscape of Hate. We are planning to follow up on that initial work by researching the effect of the war on terror and the election of the first African-American president on hatred in the United States. The role of media in the dissemination of hatred cannot be understated. New media and social media such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sites, as well as more traditional media outlets such as talk radio and cable television, have become echo chambers for the disaffected. How journalists of the future will deal with the realities of new media is an important element of our new converged Communication Arts curriculum.

Another aspect of my job that I enjoy is supervising student internships and honors papers. All Communication Arts majors are required to complete a practical experience, and in recent years, my advisees have interned at organizations as varied as The Frederick News-Post; WAFY and WFMD radio; WHAG-TV; Frederick Advocates for the Homeless; the Frederick County Sheriff's Department; the Maryland Department of Transportation; Frederick city's Office of Special Events; and Dressage Today magazine. I've worked with students who have completed honors papers in such areas as advertisings image of women; how ESPN changed sports reporting; and the growth of product placement in movies.

I teach because I enjoy working with students, in and outside of the classroom. I find few things more rewarding than seeing an advisee that I met as a first year student mature into a confident, successful graduate and alum of Hood College.