Scott B. Anderson has 40 years of experience in the media business and retired at the end of 2017 as an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School, where he had been managing editor of Medill News Service and directed the Medill Content Lab. He is also a freelance writer and editor and a content consultant.

Anderson began teaching at Medill in March 2009 as an adjunct lecturer and in September 2010 became a full-time lecturer. A year later, he was promoted to assistant professor. Before taking over the graduate program newsroom, he managed web strategy and wrote for Medill’s National Security Journalism Initiative as well as On the National Security Beat.

Before Medill, Anderson had spent 10 years as the head of editorial at Chicago-based Tribune Interactive, the umbrella organization for Tribune Company’s award-winning national network of newspaper and broadcast station websites. Scott, the director of shared content, poked his nose into a lot of things at TI and strove to be one of the company’s key trend spotters and advocates for innovation.

Before moving to Chicago, Anderson spent 17 years at Tribune’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel as an award-winning reporter and editor and then founding executive producer of its interactive businesses, beginning in 1995. He previously worked as a reporter at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass.

Anderson was founding author of a the respected industry weblog Online News Squared and is a longtime member of the Online News Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also a former member of Military Reporters and Editors and a former longtime member of the American Society of News Editors.

He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, an institution that provided kids with little means an affordable education and a great leg up in their careers thanks to its cooperative education program, which involved alternating academic semesters with those of meaningful, full-time employment in their major.

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