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Matthew LaPlante

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Journalism & Communication

Faculty

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 319
DialPhone: 435-797-1353
SendEmail: matthew.laplante@usu.edu


Educational Background

MS, Education, (Online teaching and learning), California State University East Bay, 2010
The New Fourth Estate: Online model for instruction of citizen journalism
BS, Liberal Studies, (Politics and the media), Oregon State University, 2001

Biography

I'm the son of a newspaperman who was, in turn, the son of a newspaperman, but when my father learned I wanted to be a journalist, he begged me to change my mind. It wasn't that he didn't love his career. He simply knew then what I know now: Journalism isn't an easy path. It's a lot of hard work and long hours. The pay isn't what many people wish. The industry is changing a lot right now, so there's a lot of uncertainty. And that's just fine, because comfort and stagnation are the enemies of great storytelling.


Teaching Interests

• News writing •†Feature reporting • Citizen journalism • Science reporting • Crisis communication • Global conflict reporting • Online education

Research Interests

• Science communication • Citizen journalism and the post-professional media age • Crisis reporting • Sports reporting • Veterans healthcare • High school dropout prevention and recovery • Online pedagogy

Awards

Quintus C. Wilson Ethics Award, 2018

Society of Professional Journalists

Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma (finalist), 2015

Deborah Howell Award for Non-Deadline Writing (finalist), 2015

American Society of Newspaper Editors

Kavli Award for Science Journalism, 2015

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dean's Giraffe Award, 2014

USU College of Humanities and Social Science

Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, 2012

Quintus C. Wilson Ethics Award, 2012

Utah Society of Professional Journalists

Finalist, Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalist, 2011

The Hillman Foundation

Top of the Rockies Award for Public Service Reporting, 2011

Society of Professional Journalists

Don Baker Award for Investigative Reporting, 2010

Society of Professional Journalists

Utah Newspaper Reporter of the Year, 2010

Society of Professional Journalists

Roy B. Gibson Award Freedom of Information Award, 2009

Society of Professional Journalists

William H. Cowles Memorial Award for Public Service Reporting, 2009

Society of Professional Journalists

Top of the Rockies Award for Blog Writing, 2008

Society of Professional Journalists

Utah Newspaper Reporter of the Year, 2008

Society of Professional Journalists

Finalist, Livingston Award for Young Journalists, 2007

Roy B. Gibson Award Freedom of Information Award, 2005

Society of Professional Journalists

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • LaPlante, M., (2019). Superlative: The Biology of Extremes. BenBella *
    • Day, J., LaPlante, M., (2017). Simplicity: 33 Little Things You Are Doing to Mess Up Your Life, and 33 Easy Tips To Make It Better . *
    • Moalem, S., LaPlante, M., (2014). Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes. *

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

      * Has not been peer reviewed

      Publications - Curriculum

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Journal Articles

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - Literary Journal

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - MultiMedia

              Web

            • LaPlante, M., (2015). Mormons search for roots in Cambodia. CNN *
            • LaPlante, M., (2012). Ethiopians contemplate future without Meles. The Washington Post *
            • LaPlante, M., (2011). Is the tide turning against the killing of ‘cursed’ infants in Ethiopia?. CNN *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Technical Reports

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Magazine/Trade Publication

                • LaPlante, M., (2018). Statewide, libraries are changing. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2018). Ski (all of) Utah: How to ski all of Utah's 14 resorts in seven days. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2016). A long way from Peoa. Liberalis *
                • LaPlante, M., (2016). Fire starter. Liberalis *
                • LaPlante, M., (2016). The search for story. Liberalis *
                • LaPlante, M., (2016). The story of water. Utah State Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). How Salt Lake City Got Tech Commercialization Right. Innovation Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). Coming up Rubies. *
                • LaPlante, M., Hamilton, M., (2013). Lies in the land of hope. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2013). Historical Fiction. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). Farmer. Statesman. Immigration Martyr.. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). Let the little children come: Dashed plans and disappointment give rise to a new vision in Addis Ababa. Prism Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). The Myth of Mitt. Salt Lake Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). Finding Zion: Ethiopia’s Dorze Tribe. Standard Magazine *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). Open arms, closed doors: What is behind Ethiopia’s adoption bottleneck?. Christianity Today *
                • Newspaper

                • LaPlante, M., (2019). This is the (other) place: Searching for the Greatest Snow on Earth in the Land of the Rising Fun. Salt Lake City Weekly *
                • LaPlante, M., (2018). In Utah, the fight against porn is increasingly framed as a public health crisis. The Washington Post *
                • LaPlante, M., (2018). Ethiopia emerges as an African success story, but a new health challenge has emerged. The Deseret News *
                • LaPlante, M., (2017). A Terrible Choice. The Deseret News *
                • LaPlante, M., (2016). Amputation is no longer a surgery of last resort. The Deseret News *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). The Last Leg. The Salt Lake Tribune *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). Deadly days in El Salvador. Los Angeles News Group *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). In the midst of El Salvador’s epidemic violence, soccer shines a light of hope. The Salt Lake Tribune *
                • LaPlante, M., (2015). Salvador gang leaders testing limits of power in U.S.. Los Angeles News Group *
                • LaPlante, M., (2014). Written in the stars: After this year’s surprise success, the pressure’s on for Real Salt Lake.. City Weekly *
                • LaPlante, M., Christiansen, P., (2013). Devastated: The world’s largest known organism is in Utah — and it’s dying.. City Weekly *
                • LaPlante, M., (2013). Cytherea’s Comeback: The rise and fall of Mormon girl who charted a new course adult entertainment. Las Vegas City Life *
                • LaPlante, M., (2011). Swift Justice: A Utah town is still trying to recover, five years after a high-profile immigration raid. City Weekly *
                • LaPlante, M., (2011). Special Service: Are Utah’s vets getting justice or a free pass?. City Weekly *
                • Other

                • LaPlante, M., (2013). Real Salt Lake lifted to win over Whitecaps. The Canadian Press *
                • LaPlante, M., (2012). Chivas USA get first goal, first win. The Associated Press *

                * Has not been peer reviewed

                Scheduled Teaching

                JCOM 3110 - Feature Writing, Fall 2018

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Fall 2018

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Fall 2018

                JCOM 3120 - Copy Editing and Publication Design, Spring 2017

                JCOM 3110 - Feature Writing, Spring 2017

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Spring 2017

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Spring 2017

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Fall 2016

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Fall 2016

                JCOM 1130 - News Writing, Fall 2016

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2016

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2016

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2016

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Spring 2016

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2015

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Spring 2015

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2014

                JCOM,TEPD 4500,5560,6500 - Projects in Communication, Summer 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2014

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Spring 2014

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2013

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Spring 2013

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2012

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2012

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Fall 2012

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Summer 2012

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2012

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2012

                JCOM 1130 - Beginning Newswriting for the Mass Media, Spring 2012

                JCOM 4530 - Special Topics in Communication, Spring 2012


                Graduate Students Mentored

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                • Citizen Journalism
                • Science Reporting
                • Crisis Communication
                • Global Conflict Reporting
                • Online Education
                • History of Journalism
                • Citizen journalism and the post-professional media age
                • Combat correspondence throughout history
                • Cross-cultural communication
                • Veterans healthcare
                • High school dropout prevention and recovery
                • Online pedagogy
                • Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma ( finalist ) 2015
                • Deborah Howell Award for Non-Deadline Writing ( finalist ) 2015
                • Kavli Award for Science Journalism - February 5,2015
                • Non- Scholarly - Longevity Soup : Seven lessons for healthy and happy lives from China's oldest citizens - Co-authored by: John Day, Jane Day.
                • Non - Scholarly - Inheritance : How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives ¬†Change Our Genes - 2014.
                • Newspaper - The Last Leg - 2015
                • Newspaper - Deadly Days in El Salvador - 2015
                • Newspaper - In the midst of El Salvador's epidemic violence, soccer shines a light of hope - 2015