Before Jason Tuohey applied for a master’s program in journalism, he worked in software helping companies like Cisco and PC World. He applied to grad school looking to develop journalism skills that he could then merge with his existing web skills, and so the New Media program at Medill was a great fit for him.
A Boston-area native, Tuohey returned to his hometown after Medill, taking a job as a content producer at Boston.com – a digital operation of The Boston Globe – where he was able to immediately knit together his digital and journalism skill sets.
“I’ve been working online since I came to the Globe, which is a pretty long tenure in the journalism industry,” Tuohey says. “I live in these two worlds: the journalism world, where I spend time news gathering, making decisions on what we’ll cover, thinking about what’s important to our reader and the digital world, thinking about how to run a website, working with the design and product teams, working with engineering team, just being in the midst of all that.”
Tuohey helped launch in 2011. He has served as the editor there ever since, and during his tenure the site has received several awards, including the Online News Association’s 2013 Public Service and Breaking News awards and the Society of Newspaper Design’s World’s Best Website award.
“The thing we’re most known for recently is our coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings,” Tuohey says. (The Globe staff received a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the bombings.) “We’re proud we were able to report the story to the people of Boston. In a terrible time, we did our job.”
When he’s asked for career advice from young people who want to pursue a path similar to his, Tuohey says he always recommends focusing on the journalism piece first.
“I tell them to concentrate on the basics,” he says. “Learn how to write, how to find stories, how to look at things with a critical eye. At the end of the day, you can always learn technology, but the journalism is the part you really need to be trained on.”