Barbara Selvin became the first full-time professor in the School of Journalism in January 2007, following seven years as an adjunct in the university’s former journalism minor program. She has also taught journalism at Queens College and Hofstra University and directed a high school summer journalism workshop in the City University of New York system. At Stony Brook, Selvin teaches a wide variety of courses, from reporting and news writing at all levels to science journalism to Reporting in NYC and Journalism Without Walls. She chaired the School’s curriculum committee during its 2011-13 revision of the foundational reporting sequence of classes. She created the School’s mandatory grammar lab. And she inaugurated the school’s Journalism 24/7 course, which examines the impact of the digital revolution on journalism and journalists. She is the School’s internship coordinator and the chair of its diversity committee.
In 2005, Selvin was recognized as one of the university’s top teachers when she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as Part-Time Faculty.
As a scholar, Selvin’s research interests include community journalism, particularly weekly newspapers; women in journalism; and journalism education in the digital age.
Before she became a journalism educator, Selvin was a reporter for Newsday and New York Newsday. At the New York paper, she covered economic development, commercial real estate and housing, and wrote a biweekly real estate column. She spent a year writing about health-care reform, medical research and sexuality for the paper’s health and science desk on Long Island.
After graduating in 1978 from SUNY-Binghamton with a bachelor’s degree in English, Selvin began her reporting career at weekly newspapers on Long Island. In 1983, she earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. She worked for a year at The Advocate in Stamford, Conn., before joining New York Newsday.
Her freelance work has been published on poynter.org and in Newsday, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Grassroots Editor and business and health-care magazines.
Assistant Professor Barbara Selvin won the Best Faculty Paper award at the 11th annual Convergence and Society Conference at the University of South Carolina in October 2012. Her paper, “Teaching the Business of Journalism: A Double Dose of Reality,” argues that journalism schools must teach students how the digital transformation of the industry affects not only how journalism is produced and consumed but also its impact on the financial underpinnings of quality journalism.
Her story “Newseum relents, will display weeklies after protest by editors” appeared on Poynterorg in April 2014 and was reprinted in the publications of several state newspaper associations, including Texas, Missouri and New York, and elsewhere
She was awarded H.R. Long Scholarship from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors to attend the group’s 2014 conference in Durango, Colo., in June 2014.
She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Journalism & Women’s Symposium, National Numeracy Network, International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. At AEJMC annual conventions, she has led panels on the gender gap in journalism schools and newsrooms, the injustice of unpaid internships, Hurricane Sandy coverage, women’s leadership, and grammar and numeracy instruction. She chairs the association’s ad hoc committee on the j-school gender gap.