Michael McKisson

About Michael McKisson

Michael McKisson is the chief technology nerd on the faculty. He is currently working with students on virtual reality and 360-degree-video storytelling, drone videography and sensor journalism. He recently earned his Part 107 FAA Certification allowing students to use drones in their reporting under his guidance. He advises the school's Online News Association student group and is a core member of News Hack Arizona, a weekend hackathon for journalists. He teaches classes in digital storytelling, news startups and mobile application development. He is the founder and editor of BicycleTucson.com an online news site devoted to reporting about Tucson's bicycle infrastructure and community. Prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty he worked as an online content producer at the Arizona Daily Star. McKisson has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master's in Business Administration. 


  • B.A., University of Arizona
  • Knight Digital Media Center Entrepreneurial Fellowship, University of Southern California
  • M.B.A., Eller College of Management, University of Arizona 

Courses Taught at the UA

  • J 307 Principles of Multimedia
  • J 428 Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • J 484 Mobile App Development
  • J 479 Professional Project

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Past Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Arizona School of Journalism, 2008 - 2013

Past Professional Positions

  • Owner/Founder, TucsonVelo.com, 2010-present
  • Assistant Online Content Producer, Arizona Daily Star, 2005-2008
  • Editor, Aztec Press, 2005

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Online Journalism Award, University of Arizona School of Journalism, 2007
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Contact Information

Michael McKisson
Assistant Professor of Practice
Telephone: 520-621-7556
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 331