Peg Achterman

Assistant Professor of Communication

BA, University of Washington, 1982
MS, Newhouse School - Syracuse University, 1983
PhD, University of Washington, 2012

Email: achterman@spu.edu
Office: Marston 209

Peg Achterman comes to Seattle Pacific University after serving for five years on the faculty of Northwest University in Kirkland. There she taught courses on mass communication, digital media, and multimedia. Following a 20+ year career in broadcasting, she returned to the University of Washington for her PhD.

Dr. Achterman’s research examines changes within print and broadcast newsrooms as they incorporate web and multimedia into daily news work.

During summer breaks she is a software instructor and developer, traveling the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East teaching newsroom employees the joys of nonlinear editing and digital workflow. Prior to this she spent 17 years in the local television news business — with much of her career spent at KING Television in Seattle, where she was a TV news photographer. The highlights of this shooting career included regional National Press Photographer Association awards and service as a national judge for the NPPA Photographer of the Year and Station of the Year competitions.

Following her first job as a full-time photographer in Anchorage, Alaska (KTUU), Dr. Achterman accepted a teaching position in the Peoples’ Republic of China. There she witnessed the student strikes and protests of Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Selected Publications

  • Starbird, Kate, Jim Maddock, Mania Orand, Peg Achterman, and Robert M. Mason: “Rumors, False Flags, and Digital Vigilantes: Misinformation on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing,” Best Note Award, 2014 iConference (Berlin).
  • Achterman, M.E., “Multimedia in the Mainstream,” Convergence and Society, Reno, NV (2009).
  • Achterman, M.E., “Recorders & Cameras & Phones, Oh My: Using ubiquitous technology to teach great interviewing skills,” Convergence and Society: The Participatory Web, Columbia, SC (2008).
  • Achterman, M.E., “Improving Interviewing Skills With New Technologies,” Symposium of Teaching & Learning, Seattle, WA (2008).
  • Achterman, M.E., “The Good Life,” News Photographer 62(9) (2007), 49‑50.

For additional publications, please see Dr. Achterman’s CV (PDF).