Mo Krochmal, Assistant Professor, Journalism.
Journalism, Columbia University; B.A. Sociology, North Carolina State
Krochmal was the first digital journalism professor at Hofstra University, starting as a consultant and joining the faculty in 2007 until September 2010. He created an innovative curriculum to effectively bridge the skills and ethics of traditional journalism with the new tools of the emerging digital world. He designed and implemented a newsroom organization that allowed new students to get acquainted with the day-to-day work of a newsroom via an innovative assignment-desk application created from open-source tools. He also conceived and integrated a real-time news publication, Nassau News Live, and joined with journalism graduate student Tim Robertson to create efficient work flows and support for the student-run publication.
Krochmal has consistently identified and integrated web tools into his classes that have now become commonly accepted and useful tools of digital journalism.
He has engaged in innovative collaborations with other journalism professors at Hofstra and across the country and the world.
Krochmal started his journalism career as a junior in
high school, with a summer assignment of writing travel articles on the US Virgin Islands for the Raleigh Times.
He started his professional journalism career as a
sports reporter and sports editor for community newspapers in
eastern North Carolina. He has reported on literally hundreds of high
school sporting events, ranging from football, basketball, baseball,
softball, track and tennis as well as covering college and
professional sports, Nascar and dirt-track automobile racing,
professional bass fishing and the outdoors. He has earned North
Carolina Press Association writing awards as well as earned
recognition from the Associated Press and served as a voter on the
AP college basketball poll.
a mid-career break to earn his master's degree in journalism at
Columbia, where he was one of the first master's students to
concentrate new media in 1995, Krochmal joined The New York Times as an
original employee of NYTimes.com, prior to the website going live in
1995. Since then, Krochmal has worked as an online multimedia
journalist, using his laptop or handheld computer, and digital still
and video cameras and the Internet as his tools. His reporting has
focused on the business of cutting-edge innovation in information
technology and in biotechnology.
has reported for The New
York Times Online, United Press International, The Associated Press,
CMP Media, TechWeb.com, Teledotcom magazine, PlanetIT.com, NetGuide,
AlleyCat News, GenomeWeb, Genome Technology, BioArray News and
LocalBusiness.com. He also has reported on radio stations across the
He is the founder of the online publications New Biology Economy
and BioCommerce Week.
has previously served as Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of
Journalism, at Columbia University.
He was was a member of National
Science Foundation's select working group mapping a plan for the
future of research in electronic commerce and has been an invited
speaker to the microarray industry's leading conference, Chips to
Hits, and for New York's iBreakfast group.
He has earned fellowships
in: Electronic Commerce, Owen Graduate School of Management,
Vanderbilt University; and the Catherine Hughes Fellowship for the
Maynard Institute program in Cross-Media Journalism, University of
California at Berkeley.