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Maura Johnston Apponinted as First Journalism Fellow

Maura Johnston

By Sean Smith | Chronicle Editor

Published: Sept. 5, 2013

Writer and editor Maura Johnston, a key figure in the transition of music and popular culture journalism to the Digital Age, has been appointed as the Institute for the Liberal Arts’ first Journalism Fellow.

Johnston — a founding editor of Gawker Media’s music blog Idolator and former Village Voice music editor who earlier this year launched Maura Magazine — will be a member of the ILA's seminar on academia and public life, visit journalism and writing classes, and teach two undergraduate courses of her own: Journalism and New Media in the fall, and Writing About Popular Music in the spring.

A contributor to Rolling Stone, The Awl, Newsday and Spin, Johnston has discussed music and popular culture on National Public Radio, WNYC, WBUR and CBC Radio, among others, and has taught the course Writing about Popular Music at New York University's Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music since 2010.

For more about the Institute for the Liberal Arts, see /centers/ila.