Chip Scanlan


Chip Scanlan is an affiliate faculty member of The Poynter Institute. From 1994 until 2009, when he retired as senior faculty for writing, he directed Poynter’s writing programs, co-directed the summer fellowship in reporting and writing for college graduates, and taught and led multimedia seminars. He has coached journalists around America, Europe and Asia. His three self-directed News University courses, The Lead Lab, The Interview and Get Me Rewrite: The Craft of Revision regularly rank among NewsU’s top courses.

Scanlan worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers Washington Bureau, St. Petersburg Times and the Providence Journal during his reporting career. In 1994, he joined The Poynter Institute as director of writing programs. He is part of the one-day workshop, The Writing Process, offered through Poynter's NewsU.

His articles, essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The American Scholar, The Washington Post Magazine and Salon.com.

The second edition of his college journalism textbook, News Writing and Reporting: The Journalist’s Experience, will appear this year from Oxford University Press. As a teacher and coach, his goal is to help writers embrace revision in a positive light and provide them with practical tools to improve their stories.

He and his wife, Katharine Fair, have written two newspaper serial novels published in more than 60 newspapers and Web sites; Chip’s audio version plays on iTunes.