Amy Zerba is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in multimedia storytelling and visual journalism. For the past 10 years, she has been researching the news routines and non-news routines of 20-somethings in addition to working in newsrooms. She has conducted focus groups, experiments, surveys, interviews and ethnographies to explore young adults' news interests and ways to get more millennials interested in following the news. She spent more than 10 years working in the news industry as a page designer, copy editor and most recently as a multimedia producer. Her passions include graphic design and storytelling with visuals, and her skills include shooting and editing video stories and designing for web and print.
Her immediate goals are to learn jQuery and programming skills, and how to build an app for mobile platforms. Her long-term goal is to experiment with ways to get more young people interested in following the news, and in the process, more engaged in their communities.