School of Communication
Sam Meddis has taught courses on digital skills and documentary video production in the School of Communication. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where he teaches history of world cinema in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and a board member of Docs In Progress, a Washington-area nonprofit supporting documentary filmmakers and promoting community engagement. Meddis is the former video team lead at USA TODAY, where he oversaw an award-winning group of video journalists and helped to develop a digital video strategy focused on expanding production and spreading visual-storytelling skills across the newsroom. He has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in video, from George Mason University. He was previously a USA TODAY deputy managing editor, a role in which he helped oversee news coverage and operations of usatoday.com, coordinated training programs for print and online editorial staff and supervised the editorial technology group. He is a founding member both of usatoday.com and USA TODAY the newspaper. Beginning at the paper’s founding in 1982, he served as lead reporter covering the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and CIA. In 1995, he became founding technology editor for usatoday.com. His reporting has won a number of awards, including: a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, a Unity Award for Investigative Reporting from Lincoln University’s Department of Journalism, a Champion of Justice award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a public service award from Investigative Reporters & Editors.
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