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New Faculty Spotlight: Alix Bryan, journalism

Jul 31, 2018

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Alix Bryan, instructor, journalism 

Alix Bryan is one of our newest professors in the journalism sequence. She will begin teaching classes this fall as a full-time instructor.

Welcome to the Robertson School! Tell us a little bit about where you are from and where you worked, or studied, previously?

Thank you! I’m excited to be back at VCU! I grew up in Richmond and journeyed 15 miles from home to complete my undergraduate studies in political science at VCU, with a focus on nonprofit administration and women’s studies. I started teaching with an adjunct instructor position in the Multimedia Journalism Master’s program at VCU, from which I also graduated in 2010. I have been busy reporting, at WTVR/CBS-6 for the past eight years.

What is your teaching philosophy? Which classes will you be teaching this upcoming semester?

I believe that creating a reporting foundation which includes critical thinking and awareness of all communities helps ensure a commitment to relevant, honest and diverse storytelling. My dedication to the community helps me find compelling stories and be invested in teaching others to do so, through hands on projects and anecdotal examples in current media which are used for class discussion. This semester I will teach MASC 203, 303 and 642.

How do you keep current in this ever changing media environment?

An enthusiasm for news, trends, and the digital space sparks my continued professional growth as a reporter and instructor. Growing up with a major tech shift every few years helped shape my motivation to always learn new platforms. This is one of the most exciting times in journalism, there are so many tools and platforms to showcase traditional reporting and highlight new media strategies.  

Tell us something personal about yourself. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of the classroom?

Journalism was the perfect field for me to enter, because l have always loved exploring, and asking people questions. I grew up locally but have traveled to every U.S. state except Alaska. I am obsessed with building a good transportation network in Richmond, news, books, science fiction, tattoos, competing in triathlons, strong coffee and paradigm shifts. Oh, and trying new restaurants!