As a professional journalist, Alison Boggs found herself in recent years wanting to help young people.

So, with the encouragement of a Murrow faculty member, Boggs applied for a faculty position in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and was hired in fall 2016 after working at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane for 22 years. There, she wrote stories about topics including: historic preservation, small businesses, veterans with PTSD, and an elderly couple struggling with severe health challenges.

At The Spokesman, she also was business editor for one year; an assistant editor in Idaho, where she managed freelance correspondents; and for her last five years, she was online producer, where she managed content of the paper’s website that reached more than 3 million people monthly.

Moreover, Boggs, who is an award-winning writer and who also has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, brings her passion to share ordinary people’s extraordinary experiences to her students.

In her class, Reporting Across Platforms, she teaches a range of topics from how to cover press conferences to using a range of social media. She wants to create a class that focuses on high quality reporting and the different ways to gather information in an ever- changing world, she said.

Boggs also is fueled by the need to help students see the importance of journalism done right.