Michael Serino is a writer, editor and educator based in Ithaca, N.Y., with extensive professional experience at newspapers and magazines. He has worked as an editor, news reporter, feature writer, weekly columnist, restaurant critic and copy editor, and is a frequent presenter at national student media conferences. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As Student Media Adviser in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications for the past 23 years, he has provided editorial, production and business oversight for The Ithacan, the college’s award-winning weekly student newspaper and website; Year in Review, its annual magazine publication; and Lit, it’s long-form narrative journalism magazine. He provides daily one-on-one mentoring for students in pursuing their journalism and liberal arts educations, and preparing for their professional careers, as well as practical coaching in résumé writing, interviewing and portfolio preparation. His ongoing contact with an extensive network of alumni and media professionals provides current students with valuable contacts for internships and jobs.

He has taught seminars in Literary Journalism and Multimedia Journalism, as well courses in News Editing, Feature Writing and Issues and the News in the Park School’s journalism department, and frequently offers small-group workshops for students. In 2003 he was named the Distinguished Four-Year College Newspaper Adviser in the country by the College Media Association, the national organization of print and broadcast college media professionals. The Ithacan consistently wins the country’s top scholastic and professional journalism honors, and in 2012 was named the best non-daily student newspaper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists.

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