michelle johnson

Michelle Johnson

Professor Emerita, Journalism

About Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson, a former editor for the Boston Globe, was part of the team that launched the Globe’s award-winning regional website, boston.com. Prior to moving into online media she was an editor for the Metro, National, Foreign and Business sections of the newspaper.

Johnson served as assistant political editor, senior assistant business editor, senior assistant night editor, and for many years as a copy editor, before being named the first editorial manager of boston.com in 1995.

After leaving the Globe, she wrote a personal technology column for the paper. She has extensive experience writing, editing and producing multimedia for both print and online.

Johnson was awarded a Knight Fellowship to study for a year at Stanford University in 1993. She has received awards for excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

For more than 15 years, Johnson has taught numerous multimedia workshops for both professional journalists from news organizations around the country and student training programs for a variety of professional journalism organizations including the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Maynard Institute, NABJ, NLGJA, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University, Johnson was a Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson College where she also spent several years as technology manager assisting in the renovation of the department into a multimillion-dollar, cross-platform facility, as well as helping to revise the department’s curriculum. She also lectured as an adjunct in the journalism department at Boston University from 2003 to 2006.

Johnson’s work and teaching have taken her to newsrooms, schools and programs engaged in training professional journalists and journalism students nationwide and internationally.



  • BA, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MS, Columbia University