Back to top

Photograph of Lynne Perri

Lynne Perri Journalist in Residence School of Communication

Send email to Lynne Perri
(202) 885-6380 (Mobile)
SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 112
Additional Positions at AU
Managing Editor/Investigative Reporting Workshop
Senior Professorial Lecturer
Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina; Master's degree, Medill School of Journalism

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.


Spring 2020

  • COMM-417 Fundamentals of News Design

  • COMM-420 Topics in Mass Media: The Presidential Primaries

Fall 2020

  • COMM-323 Raking the Muck

  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics

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.