Scott B. Anderson has 30 years of experience in the media business and currently is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School, focusing on interactive publishing. He is also a freelance writer and editor and a content consultant.
Anderson began teaching at Medill in March 2009 as an adjunct and in September 2010 became a full-time lecturer. A year later, he was promoted to assistant professor. He also manages web strategy and writes for Medill’s National Security Journalism Initiative as well as On the National Security Beat. Founder and manager of Medill WordPress Users.
Anderson had spent 10 years as the head of editorial at Chicago-based Tribune Interactive (TI), 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.
His staff’s primary role was to communicate, create and package great online multimedia content that could be shared across the network and to help local online editors and their staffs work together. He also was an architect of the successful Newsroom Now project, which helped jumpstart production of more compelling online content by the company’s print newsrooms, and was a major part of a groundbreaking effort that greatly improved content sharing among Tribune’s newspapers. He left Tribune in April, 2008.
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. 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 active member of the American Society of News Editors, the Online News Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also a member of Military Reporters and 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.