Sean Mussenden, a former Washington correspondent, is data editor for the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. He previously oversaw an experiential, hands-on journalism training program at Merrill College that is integral to the college’s “teaching hospital” model of professional instruction: Capital News Service. He also teaches traditional courses incorporating data visualization, programming, web development, web design, data analysis, social media and computational journalism.
Before joining the Howard Center, Mussenden was digital director of Capital News Service, a 25-year-old student-powered news organization that covers the state of Maryland from bureaus in Annapolis, Washington and College Park.
From 2000-05, he worked as a statehouse reporter, business desk reporter, Florida-roving general assignment reporter and Washington correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel. Before joining the Merrill College faculty in 2009, he was a senior multimedia Washington correspondent and web producer/editor for Media General News Service, a newswire serving 1 million readers in the U.S. Southeast.
He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Maryland (Philip Merrill College of Journalism, 2000) and a bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (1999).