About

Andrew Mills, MS, is an assistant professor in the Journalism and Strategic Communication Program at Northwestern University in Qatar. He has played a key role in designing a new Journalism and Strategic Communication curriculum for the school that strives to prepare students for an ever changing digital age. He teaches courses focused on journalism innovation and the use of emerging digital technology to tell stories. His scholarly research focusses on understanding the transition of journalism education (or not) to the digital age.

Mr. Mills is an accomplished journalist who has told stories on multiple platforms from five continents. His reporting in the Middle East first started in 2002 and much of his work from the region has focused on stories about activism, conflict and human rights. His journalistic work is ongoing, which allows him to connect his own reporting experiences with those of his students. He is at work on a narrative project about activists’ continued struggle for justice in the Arab Region since the uprisings of 2011.

He holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York and an undergraduate degree in history and Middle East studies from the University of Toronto. His work has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, MediaShift and Columbia Journalism Review. He has also written and produced audio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the BBC World Service and Public Radio International.

Teaching

  • JOUR 202: Journalism and the Digital World
  • JOUR 304: 360° Video Journalism
  • JOUR 305: Podcasting
  • JOUR 301: News Gathering and Assessment
  • JOUR 390/MIT398: Special Topics: The Media and Journalism in Today’s Middle East
  • JOUR 390: Special Topics: Covering the New Urban Age Travel Course to Rio di Janeiro, Brazil
  • JOUR 390: Special Topics: Refugee Lives Travel Courses to Jordan and France

Research & Journalism

Scholarly Research 

  • Journalism education in the digital era
  • Education in newsrooms
  • Product development in news organizations

Journalism

  • Human rights, transitional justice and activism in the Arab Region
    Migration and urbanization 

Publications

Selected Journal Articles

Mills, A., Sanders, A.K, and Hussain, S.S. (2018) Fitting It All In? A Census of Undergraduate Ethics and Leadership Courses in Accredited U.S. Journalism and Mass Communication Programs. Forthcoming in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

Mills, A. (2014) Whose cultural competence? Do the definitions apply beyond Western borders? Journal of General Education.

Selected Journalistic Work

“6 Steps To a Whole New Journalism Curriculum at Northwestern in Qatar” in MediaShift 7/28/2017

“Staying in Beirut” Audio Documentary
 The Current, CBC Radio 
Original Air Date: 4/14/2008

“Reforms to Women’s Education in Saudi Arabia Make Slow Progress” The Chronicle of Higher Education 8/3/2009

“A trip into Lebanon's destruction; Road from Qana reveals its battle scars” The Toronto Star 8/1/2006

“A Vision in the Desert: The National tries to lift journalism in Abu Dhabi” Columbia Journalism Review May/June 2009

Grants

  • Northwestern University Provost’s Digital Learning Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • Qatar National Research Fund, Undergraduate Research Experience Program grant, 2010-2011