Michelle Carr Hassler , M.A.

Associate Professor of Practice


Michelle Carr Hassler is passionate about teaching students how to think big and in new ways by helping them take advantage of all that digital journalism has to offer.

Hassler teaches multimedia journalism courses, including the capstone course in which students publish stories in NewsNetNebraska, the college's news website. She also created and taught University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s first social media course for journalism majors.

Hassler, a lecturer and admissions coordinator, has been teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1998.

Before coming to University of Nebraska–Lincoln, she was a newspaper reporter and editor for 16 years, beginning as education reporter at the Tempe Daily News and Mesa Tribune. She also served as state editor at the Lincoln Journal and night city editor and interim editorial page editor at the Lincoln Journal Star.

Hassler has received several national teaching honors, including:

  • Third place in the 2012 Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition, sponsored by the News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communciations (AEJMC).
  • One of 11 educators chosen to present teaching ideas to Journalism Interactive in February 2013.
  • Third place in the 2012 Best Practices in Teaching Writing Across Media, sponsored by the Teaching Committee of AEJMC.
  • Third place in the AEJMC's 2011 Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition. She and colleague Sue Burzynski Bullard were honored for their joint teaching lesson.

Hassler also has been involved with the News21 program, a journalism initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami to promote in-depth and innovative journalism. In the spring of 2011, she co-taught a reporting seminar on food safety with professors from Arizona State University and Maryland University to prepare students for a 10-week national reporting project in Phoenix that produced a news website, “How Safe Is Your Food?”

Hassler also was honored in 2004, 2005 and 2007 by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Teacher's Council and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Parents Association, which recognize faculty, advisors and staff members who have had a significant impact on the lives of one or more undergraduates.

As admissions coordinator, she advises the college’s J Ambassadors, a group of students who help the college recruit prospective students. She also served as advisor to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for five years.

She is a member of the AEJMC and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Her interests include using online tools and social media for reporting and community engagement; news curation; and online visual storytelling.

She received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in English, both from University of Nebraska–Lincoln.