Douglas S. Blacburn

Douglas S. Blackburn

Division Of Journalism


Office Hours

SJGC Bldg. Room # 3115

Monday - Friday •  Contact for Office Hours

Current Semester Schedule

JOU 3101CE News Writing & Reporting 2 •  Online 
JOU 4181 SJGC Capital Bureau • TBA
JOU 4342C News Writing & Reporting 3 • TBA

About Me

Doug Blackburn became a full-time associate professor in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication in January 2015 after spending more than three decades working as a writer or editor at different newspapers and magazines. From 2006 to 2015 he was a senior writer at theTallahassee Democrat where he covered higher education, including FAMU. He also began working as an adjunct at SJGC starting in 2009. He likes to say that he brings the newsroom into the classroom when teaching upper-level news writing and reporting courses.

"We are at a pivotal time in our nation's history as far as journalism is concerned. The media is under attack, and it's important that our students learn the importance of being fair and accurate with each and every story they tell." - Douglas S. Blackburn

Areas of Interest

  • I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family.


  • University of Michigan • 1979
    M.S. in Journalism
  • University of Michigan • 1977
    B.S. in Journalism

Work History

  • Associate Professor • 2015 - Present 
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Senior Writer • 2006 - 2015 
    Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, FL
  • Feature Writer • 1994 - 2006
    Albany Times Union


  • Second Place Associated Press Sportswriters Association national contest, 2014,
  • First place Hearst writing award, 2002

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • JOU 3101CE News Writing & Reporting 2 
  • JOU 4181 SJGC Capital Bureau
  • JOU 4342C News Writing & Reporting 3