Gretchen Macchiarella is an assistant professor in Digital Media and Emerging Journalistic Practices at California State University, Northridge. She joined the full-time faculty this year after four years as the publisher and faculty adviser for the student newspaper in the Journalism Department. Her research interests center on media innovation in business and storytelling. This year she contributed to the textbook Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship, participating in the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute’s Design Thinking training and the summer teacher fellowship with the Future Today Institute.
Prior to joining CSUN, she was the managing editor for digital at the Ventura County Star, where she was a serial intrapreneur. She also worked as a business reporter for several years around California. Macchiarella earned a master’s degree in Digital Journalism and Design from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she spent most of her time working at the newspaper.
- M.A. Digital Journalism and Design 2015, University of South Florida
- B.A. Communications 2001, University of California, Santa Barbara
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