Michael R. Smith

Campbell University

Dr. Michael R. Smith was the 2011 WJI John McCandlish Phillips Scholar. He also teaches journalism at Campbell University.


Dr. Michael Ray Smith was the 2011 WJI John McCandlish Phillips Scholar and a professor of communication studies at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. His new book Free press, Free hand: The handwritten newspapers of John McLean Harrington: A cultural approach came out in March 2011.

Dr. Smith earned a Ph. D. from Regent University and taught at state and private universities, at graduate and undergraduate schools and now is a professor at Campbell University.

An award-winning writer and photographer, he has been quoted in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, the Arizona Republic, Editor & Publisher, Christianity Today and many other periodicals. He has written five books, 12 journal articles and hundreds of articles for the popular press.

His chapter on “Labels in Media Bias” is part of the 2007 book, Media Bias, Finding It, Fixing It. His book FeatureWriting.Net explores popular writing and The Jesus Newspaper explores the idea of the Christian journalist. Michael spent a decade working in the newsroom and more than two decades working in the classroom.

In 2008 Shippensburg University, his graduate school, honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year,the highest award presented by the university. He has presented workshops on writing in the United States and overseas. He works with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication on issues of equity and disability. Michael and Barbara Smith have two daughters, both involved in media and entertainment. His theme: “We’re saved to be spent.”


Spring Journalism Sessions

March 14th, 2010

WJI will offer five sessions at the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers, held in New York City at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, March 14-16, 2010.




This manual condenses all Michael's experience into a practical handbook that walks you through the stages of creating and selling feature articles for any publication venue from magazines to the Internet.

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