Author Rick Brunson

Rick Brunson

Rick Brunson, 53, teaches reporting, editing and ethics in the journalism program at the University of Central Florida. He’s also a part-time production editor at the Orlando Sentinel, where he edits copy for print and online on the sports and news desks. Brunson joined the journalism faculty at UCF in 2003 after working for 19 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. In 2012, he served for a year as the writing coach at Orlando’s ABC affiliate, WFTV Channel 9, where he also wrote copy for the station’s newscasts and produced story packages for its website. In addition to teaching, Brunson serves as adviser to UCF’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and in 2007 was the recipient of SPJ’s national David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award. Brunson also was the recipient of two teaching and service honors at UCF: The Grasty Award for Teaching and the Teaching Incentive Program Award. In April of this year, he was promoted to Associate Instructor. Since 2010, Brunson’s teaching interest has shifted to mobile news production. He developed a Mobile Journalism course where students produce text, photo and video breaking news stories with their iPhones. As a result, he has taught “mobile best practices’’ workshops for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Broadcast Education Association, EDUCAUSE and the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Brunson lives in Orlando with his wife, Ruthe, their son, Adam, and their dog, Sparky.