“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
Dr. Steven Anderson is director of the James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD). He is interested in web development, multimedia storytelling, videography, and study abroad, not necessarily in that order. His websites have won top awards from both the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (Best of the Web Competition) and the Broadcast Education Association (Best of Festival).
Over the past several years, Anderson has developed applications using web standards, CSS, video streaming, and database-driven websites using the PHP scripting language and MySQL relational database. He has developed sites from content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! He has primarily taught the two advanced interactive classes at SMAD, Advanced Interactive Media and Converged Media Lab. Most recently, he has been building apps for the Apple App Store using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
Anderson has also taught videography and video journalism classes, most recently in Italy as part of a study abroad program through ieiMedia in 2011, 2012, and 2013. During those trips, students produce multimedia stories on people and issues in the town of Urbino, a Renaissance hill town and the capital of the Marche region of central Italy. He created the 2011 website, which won an EPPY Award for the Best College/University Journalistic or Documentary Report. He also built the 2012 and 2013 websites for the presentation of student work. Anderson also serves as the director of video programs for ieiMedia and will return to Urbino with students in the summer of 2014. In the fall of 2009, Anderson was the faculty member-in-residence for the James Madison London Program.
Anderson is a co-author of the textbook Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles and Challenges from Wiley-Blackwell, in which he chronicles the historical development of electronic media technology and examines the current state of both traditional (radio, television, cable) and new media technologies and applications.