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 holds a Part 107 FAA Certification allowing him to teach students to use drones in their reporting. 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
  • M.B.A., Eller College of Management, University of Arizona 

Courses Taught at the UA

  • J 105 Principles in Journalism
  • J 150 News in Society 
  • J 307 Principles of Multimedia
  • J 319 Visual Journalism
  • J 428 Product Development in 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
  • Knight Digital Media Center Entrepreneurship Fellow, University Southern California,  2011
  • Harrelson Teaching Award, 2013, University of Arizona School of Journalism, 2013
  • Tow-Knight Disruptive Educators Fellowship, CUNY, 2017
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Contact Information

Michael McKisson
Associate Professor of Practice, Associate Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Telephone: 520-621-7556
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 331