Jim MacMillan


Jim MacMillan


I am a solutions-oriented independent multimedia journalist based in Philadelphia, where I also manage the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University.

From 2012 through 2014, I was the founding editor of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, an independent nonprofit news organization addressing the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia.

Previously, I produced War News Radio and taught Peace Journalism as the Journalist in Residence at Swarthmore College for several years.

For one year, I taught graduate multimedia reporting courses at the Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and lead journalism innovation seminars at Temple. I also spent a year on the Convergence Journalism faculty at the University of Missouri.

From 1991 through 2008, I worked at the Philadelphia Daily News — including stints in sports photography, as a photo-columnist, the senior photographer and the newspaper’s first video journalist.

On leave from the Daily News in 2004-2005, I went to Iraq for the Associated Press, personally covered more than 200 combat missions and sometimes managed the photo report and staff development in Baghdad.

I was honored with the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents and was a member of the AP team awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography — as well as numerous additional accolades.

In 2006-2007, I was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and then an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, now based at Columbia University.

I have led photojournalism seminars at Tufts University — my alma mater — and undergraduate courses at Temple University, including one I created on Journalism and Psychological Trauma. In 2009, I traveled across New Zealand to present a series of lectures on the same topic.

I was named one of the Five Biggest Photographers on the Internet by Photo District News and Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly “Nuevo Journalist,” both for my experiments in social media journalism. I also have a Philly Geek Award for social media and another from Philadelphia’s Pen and Pencil Club — the oldest press club in the U.S.

Last year, I completed a fellowship with the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab and now I am taking up live-streaming mobile video journalism.

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