Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Pamela Nettleton

By the Diederich College of Communication

Pamela Nettleton, Assistant Professor of JournalismNewly appointed assistant professor Pamela Nettleton brings a diverse professional perspective to the Diederich College of Communication.

Over the past 30 years, Nettleton has worked in numerous roles throughout journalism and publishing. This has included positions as editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and contributing writer to Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Readers Digest and Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines and the Star Tribune newspaper (Minneapolis) and Pioneer Press newspaper (St. Paul). Her articles cover topics ranging from art and classical music reviews to humor. Additionally, Nettleton has authored numerous adult non-fiction books and even librettos (scripts for classical music).

The value of years of accumulated experience and knowledge is something that Nettleton brings with her into the classroom. She teaches her feature and freelance writing classes from an editor’s perspective and provides her students with real-world experience from which they’ll benefit once in the field.

“Learning to write well means you need to feel safe enough in a classroom to take risks,” she says of her teaching philosophy. “If students can try, and fail, and feel empowered to try again, that’s a success. Success isn’t walking into a course already knowing all the material and all the skills. It’s going on the journey of learning how to think in a new way; how to experiment with your abilities and challenge yourself.”

Nettleton enjoys teaching, and is energized by the lively intelligence and engaged interest of her students. She hopes to equip students with tools to help them succeed professionally in the current environment of journalism and multimedia convergence.

“Now is an exciting time for journalism,” she says. “The profession is in the process of reinventing itself. I’m glad to be part of helping my students navigate the changing field.”

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