The Journalists
Joel William Beeson

Joel William Beeson

Multi-media Editor

Joel William Beeson, assistant professor, specializes in visual journalism, multimedia and documentary fieldwork. He brings nearly 15 years of professional experience as a photojournalist, photo editor and designer to the classroom.

His photography has appeared in USA Today, Southern Living magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Phoenix Gazette, The Times of London and the Dallas Morning News, to name a few.

Beeson earned M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and pursued doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego in communications. He is a doctoral candidate in Ethnic and Media Studies at the Union Institute and University researching how digital technologies can be used by communities to document, preserve and promote their local cultural resources.

Beeson also has served as a photography instructor to homeless children in the after-school program San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs Cultural Arts Program. Beeson strives to equip students with critical thinking and real-world skills they need to practice visual communication in today's new media environment.

In 2003, Beeson published an article about Alabama’s blues culture in Context Magazine and the same year, he was a contract photographer for America 24/7.

In 2005, he co-edited “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope,” a book published by the West Virginia University Press.