Megan Fromm, Ph.D., is a journalism and media education expert. She has taught at both the university and secondary levels and has spent more than a decade working with student journalists and journalism teachers to better improve their craft and serve their communities. Megan is a former journalist and was the 2019 National Media Literacy Teacher of the Year. She is the co-editor of Transformative Media Pedagogies (2021) and co-author of Student Journalism and Media Literacy (2014).
Megan began her media literacy career as a Ph.D. student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2006. As a teaching assistant for the college’s media literacy course and an educator at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., she experienced first-hand how transformative media literacy skills are for young people. After finishing her Ph.D.—which explored news framing of student First Amendment issues— Megan was lucky enough to teach students from around the world at various institutions as she and her husband moved often during his service with the U.S. Air Force.
In 2012, Megan joined the faculty of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, a summer study abroad program for students interested in using media to empower and achieve more just civic futures. From 2016-2019, Megan also served as the Academy’s curriculum lead. In 2014, she was elected to the Journalism Education Association’s board of directors, serving as the Educational Initiatives Director and leading the organization’s curriculum efforts until 2020. Her most memorable classroom experience thus far, however, was advising high school student media in Colorado, where her students won multiple awards for their journalistic work.
Megan and her husband recently relocated to Maryland, where she is a lecturer at the University of Maryland and can be found doting on her two nephews while eagerly awaiting her next Bruce Springsteen concert.