Newhouse School welcomes three new faculty members
Three new faculty members are joining the faculty of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications this fall.
Bill Jasso G’02—professor of practice, public relations
Jasso, who earned a master’s degree in communications management from the Newhouse School, is a longtime PR professional. He held several positions at Time Warner Cable in Akron, Ohio, including vice president of communications and vice president and director of public affairs. He also served as assistant to the mayor of Akron; director of communications for the National Golf Foundation in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and director of public relations for Warner Amex Cable Communications in Dublin, Ohio. He also worked as a reporter and news director for WHLO-Radio in Akron. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and mass media from the University of Akron.
Pacheco is a digital journalist with 18 years of experience in news and information startups and new product development. After a year as a feature writer for The Denver Post, he joined the launch team for Washingtonpost.com in 1994, where he produced its first business, technology and community sections. He later spent six years at America Online launching and managing user-contributed content services.
In 2004, he joined The Bakersfield Californian, where he launched Bakotopia, the first social networking service for a local newspaper, and multiple web-print niche products. His work there earned a Newspaper Association of America “20 Under 40” award and two Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism. The home-grown Bakomatic platform that powered these sites was purchased by the Arizona Republic and Sacramento Bee.
In 2007, Pacheco was awarded an $837,000 Knight News Challenge grant to run Printcasting, an experiment in cloud-based magazine creation. The service evolved into BookBrewer, an eBook and Print on Demand startup that is used by journalists, news organizations and self-published authors.
Corey Takahashi, assistant professor, magazine
Takahashi is a journalist, writer and multimedia producer. He has worked with major media outlets, including National Public Radio, Public Radio International/British Broadcasting Corp., American Public Media, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Los Angeles Public Media and Vibe.com. He has also served as an associate producer with New York Public Radio/Public Radio International; a staff writer with the New York City bureau of Newsday; a correspondent with Entertainment Weekly; an assistant editor of Vibe; and a founding editor of Blaze. He has covered culture, music and art extensively in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. He has a special interest in global and transnational cultures, as well as technology and emerging media.
He was a freelance contributor at the time of Vibe’s National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His independent work was nominated for an individual NMA, selected for the Best Music Writing Anthology and received special recognition from the Center for Documentary Studies.