Skip to Content

College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Doug Fisher

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-3315
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 324
Columbia, SC 29208

Common Sense Journalism



B.A., Economics and Political Science, Indiana University
M.A., Journalism, Ohio State University


Doug Fisher has more than 30 years of professional experience in broadcast, newspapers and the wire service. That includes 18 years as an Associated Press correspondent or news editor. He is a former Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University. He joined the South Carolina faculty in 2001. 

Funded Research

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control - $16,500 grant to review of emergency communications plans.

JLab/New Voices - $12,000 startup funding for Hartsville Today community news site.


Fisher tries to bring real world experiences to the classroom and structure classes so that students can falter without failing. "I want students to leave class feeling 'I can do this' while also thinking deeply about where journalism is headed," he said. Fisher teaches reporting, editing and new media and tries to introduce students to new technology whenever possible. Fisher is the recipient of the AEJMC Newspaper and Online Division Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century award, and he was twice selected for AEJMC Great Ideas for Teachers.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Wilkinson, J., Grant, A, and Fisher, D. (2012) Principles of convergent journalism, (2nd ed.). Oxford. (1st Ed., 2009)

Fisher, D. (2012, June). New news labs: Exploring university news start-ups. (June 2012). Presented at J-lab. Washington, D.C. 

Timbs, L, Fisher, D., and Atkinson, W. (September 2007). How america's community newspapers handle (or don't handle) their 'digital attics': An investigation into ethical, legal and privacy issues emerging from publications' web archives. Presented at Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium. Norfolk, Va. Later published in Grassroots Editor (Winter 2007). 

Priest, S.,  Leu, J., Duhe, S., Klipstine T. and Fisher, D. (2006). Disaster coverage does little to promote call for change. Newspaper Research Journal. 27(3) 52-65.

Fisher, D., and Osteen, G. (2006, July). Hartsville Today: The first year of a small-town citizen journalism site. Published by J-lab and the Knight Citizens News Network.


  • Former head, Community Journalism Interest Group, Association for Education In Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Member advisory board, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
  • Editorial board, Community Journalism journal
  • Executive Editor, The Convergence Newsletter, 2007-2014

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.