Author, reporter, educator.

Dave Copeland is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of "Blood & Volume: Inside New York's Israeli Mafia." Copeland teaches college-level writing and journalism classes with an emphasis on social media and writing for online audiences. Copeland is available to run training sessions in your newsroom or corporate communications department and offers a series of free, online training sessions for writers and reporters on a wide range of topics.

Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule

Posted January 2nd, 2013

Subject to change. All classes at Bridgewater State University.

COMM 229: Foundations of Media Studies

229-X01: Tuesday 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m. (Web Hybrid – 50% online)

229-X02: Thursday 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m. (Web Hybrid – 50% online)

The primary objective of this course is to foster a broad understanding of the field, hone critical skills and increase understanding of the theoretical and philosophical discussions taking place in media studies. The course considers questions such as the interrelationships between production and consumption, the notion of what constitutes a “text,” and the ways in which social power shapes how we understand and experience media.

COMM 239: Multimedia Storytelling

239-003: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

239-004: Tuesday-Thursday, 2-3:15 p.m.

This course explores creative and critical thinking about storytelling and narrative across a range of media platforms. After considering the ways in which media industries are continually strategizing how narrative (from news stories to film franchises) might work simultaneously via numerous mediated channels of communication, the primary focus will be on crafting student stories via audio, video, and web-based media.

COMM 397: Cyber Culture and Digital Media

397-W01: Online Class

This course examines the Internet and related digital and new-media technologies as communication within a range of economic, political and cultural contexts. The core of this investigation focuses on the ways in which digital media offer innovative channels for humans to share messages and make meaning, with emphasis on the interrelated issues of access (digital divide) and the increasingly global nature of digital communication (globalization). Through a variety of online and in-class individual and group exercises, students will learn and use basic Internet and new-media skills, and develop critical-thinking skills while exploring new-media environments.


Previous Appearances

Posted July 25th, 2012

Social Discovery Conference (San Francisco), Aug. 6, 2012: Best Practices and Trends In Social Discover. Dave Copeland leads a panel discussion featuring top executives from Gigya, StumbleUpon, Hooked Media Group, and Family iBoard, as well as Inside Facebook’s Brittany Darwell on the future of social discovery, as well as best practices for brands, companies and users. The conference is being held Aug. 6 and 7 at the Fairmont San Francisco. More information.


Latest Writing News For Dave Copeland

Posted August 26th, 2011

Fall 2011 Students: Be sure to visit my class and teaching Web site for course materials and other information about Intro to Journalism and Writing Rhetorically.

I recently started writing as a contributor for two publications that are worthy of inclusion on your RSS reader:

And I continue to work on Cut Off At The Salad Bar, which has already gotten some nibbles from some potential agents. More to come on that and perhaps even an extended excerpt.

Dave Copeland’s Visual C.V.

Posted July 1st, 2011

Dave Copeland

Blood and Volume: Inside New York’s Israeli Mafia

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A “thrilling guts-and-glory look inside the Israeli organized crime machine of 1980s New York City…The wild ride Copeland unfurls has all the insane highs and lows an audience familiar with Blow and Wiseguy expects, and they don’t disappoint…a story so entertaining that, were it not rooted in such ably handled characters — at once despicable, pitiable and human — it might be unbelievable.” – Publishers Weekly