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Francine Huff

Professor, Knight Chair

Francine Huff

Prof. Francine Huff is the Knight Chair for Student Achievement. She teaches the Senior Capstone Colloquium, Magazine Writing and Reporting courses. She also is the advisor for Journey, FAMU’s award-winning, student-run magazine. She launched the Knight Chair Speaker Series and SJGC VR Day, and organizes other events at SJGC. Huff strives to help FAMU students become equipped with the skills needed to be successful in 21st Century media and communications industries, which are being upended by constantly evolving digital technologies and disruptive innovation. Huff’s recipe for the modern journalist includes a mix of strong writing skills, knowledge of media law & ethics, ability to apply digital technologies and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Huff has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Kean University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She also has been an editor and reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Press, and Gannett. While at the Wall Street Journal she had various levels of responsibility, including as the Spot News Bureau Chief. Her responsibilities included assigning and editing stories, training editors and reporters and overseeing corporate news and earnings coverage. She was part of the team of editors and reporters who won a staff Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 9/11 bombings of the World Trade Center.

Huff founded Super Savvy Publishing LLC, which provided writing and editing services to publications, websites and other companies, including Booz & Co., the John Templeton Foundation and the Maynard Institute. Among the publications where her freelance work has appeared are Knowledge@Wharton, On Wall Street, PC Magazine, HomeLife, AOL and Essence. Huff is the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on over 100 radio and TV shows, including on ABC News, WTXL, WFSU, EWTN, Fox, Sheridan Broadcasting Network, News 12, Moody Broadcasting Network and Crown Financial’s Money Matters. She has been a keynote speaker, panelist and workshop leader for many organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Ramapo College, Newswomen’s Club of New York, Northwestern University Alumni Club of New York, South Orange-Maplewood Business Incubator, Go on Girl! Book Club and Mocha Moms.

Huff has a Master of Communication and Information Studies degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University. Her research interests include digital journalism, blogging, participation online, media entrepreneurship & innovation, media diversity & inclusion and journalism history.