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Lynne Perri

Journalist in Residence School of Communication

Lynne Perri is a journalism professor and managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the School of Communication at American University. She teaches reporting, visual journalism and journalism ethics, and took students to New Hampshire to cover the primary in the last three presidential campaigns. She was a deputy managing editor for Graphics and Photography at USA TODAY, where she also wrote occasional features and book reviews. Before that, she was a reporter and editor at The Tampa Tribune, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Clearwater Sun. She has been an adjunct professor at Syracuse, Northwestern, the University of Maryland and the University of South Florida, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Iowa, Ohio University and the University of Nebraska. She has led workshops for The Washington Post, the Knight Center for International Journalists, the American Press Institute and the Society for News Design.


Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina; Master's degree, Medill School of Journalism

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 112
Contact Info
(202) 885-6380 (Mobile)

Send email to Lynne Perri

For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
MediaShift: On the presidential campaign
Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Citizen Journalists
2012 Election Day Coverage
The News on Display
Arts criticism class' Web site


  • Fall 2017

    • COMM-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Raking the Muck
    • Description
  • Spring 2018

    • COMM-420 Topics in Mass Media: Fundamentals of News Design
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

How the visual display of news in print, online and on TV affects understanding and retention.

Selected Publications

Mothers and Children, National Geographic Society, March 2009, a new photo book for which Professor Perri wrote the introduction

The Weather Book, Knopf, 1997, a publication of USA TODAY; Professor Perri was an editor on the project.

Quoted in "8 Lessons in the Art of Teaching Journalism Online" Mediashift.

Professional Services

Visual Journalism Seminars

Design and Graphics packages 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Judge for the college entries to the RFK annual journalism awards.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Citizen media: Professors Perri and Angie Chuang received a 2008 grant from J-Lab, funded by the Knight Foundation, to develop a training module for citizen journalists on how to interview.
  • TV: Professors Perri and Dotty Lynch created a partnership between Link TV and the School of Communication to find new sources of public opinion data and innovative ways to illustrate it. They focused on global attitudes toward the Iraq War, climate change and women in leadership. The segments  aired in spring 2007. The project was funded by the Center for Social Media and the Ford Foundation.

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