Sissel McCarthy
Distinguished Lecturer and Journalism Program Director

Award winning international business journalist Sissel McCarthy has been teaching reporting, multimedia writing and news literacy to undergraduates for more than 13 years.

At Hunter College, she has introduced multimedia reporting across the curriculum, beginning in Reporting and Writing 1 and through all upper level courses. All Hunter journalism students now build their own websites to establish their digital identity and publish their work while learning best practices for digital publication. Students are also using social media to research, report, publish and promote their stories. Journalism classes at Hunter use #hunterjourn for tweets, @hunterjourn for Instagram posts, the YouTube channel Hunter College Journalism for visual storytelling and they produce news stories using Snapchat.

McCarthy has also introduced the study of news literacy as well as the new courses Mobile Reporting, Radio Reporting and Podcasting and Studio News Production, expanding Hunter's commitment to prepare students to report and write multimedia stories across all platforms.

​McCarthy was selected as a Dow Jones News Fellow in 2016 and attended the Dow Jones sponsored Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso to learn the latest multimedia reporting and production techniques. While there, she taught a workshop on using Snapchat as a news platform and produced a multimedia story on the influx of Cuban refugees crossing into the United States at El Paso that was published in the Miami Herald.

McCarthy also works with academics to help them present their research to journalists and the public so that their work can make an impact and reach the widest possible audience. Most recently, the International Communications Association, an academic association of more than 4,500 communication scholars from around the world, invited her to speak about public scholarship at its annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2016 and in Seattle in 2014.

Before accepting the directorship at Hunter, McCarthy taught at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, creating an intensive writing workshop designed to teach the basic elements of news writing and reporting, hard news and feature writing as well as writing on deadline and using social media to report stories and reach a wider audience. Prior to that, she held the post of Senior Lecturer, Journalist-in-Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Journalism Program at Emory University in Atlanta from 2004 to 2014, teaching reporting and writing, podcasting, news video production, news literacy, and professionalism in the workplace. Her areas of expertise include news literacy, broadcast journalism and news writing and production across all media platforms.

McCarthy holds master’s degrees in both journalism and international affairs from Columbia University in New York. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in government and romance languages from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She was a Daniel Webster Scholar (top 5 percent of the class in academic and personal achievement) during her four years at Dartmouth and received a Citation for Excellence in Speech and Debate. She is married and lives in New York with her husband, Steve, and their four sons.