Summer Journalism Academy

Meet your 2023 instructors.

Sherrod Blakely, Instructor

Sessions 1 and 3: Blakely is the Boston Celtics Insider for NBC Sports Boston and winner of’s A-List Celtics Reporter of the Year in 2011. Blakely previously covered the Detroit Pistons for the award-winning website, and earlier covered ACC football and basketball for the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer.

Blakely taught journalism to high school students shortly after graduating from college, and continues to do his part in helping develop the next wave of journalists as the chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sports Task Force which awards scholarships and internships. In addition, he is a member of the APSE Scholarship Committee. He received his degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University.

Jan Brogan, Instructor

Sessions 2 and 3: Brogan is the author of the soon-to-be-published book, Murder, Race and Boston’s Struggle for Justice, an examination of a 1976 murder of a Harvard football player and its impact on the city and the criminal justice system. She’s worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Providence Journal, where she won the Gerald Loeb award, the most prestigious national award for business journalism. Her freelance magazine work has been published in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Technology Illustrated, Forbes Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal.

She is also the author of four published murder mysteries and sold the rights to “A Confidential Source” to Steven Soderbergh for development into a television series. She is an alumna of Boston University’s College of Communication and the University of Massachusetts, where she earned a master’s degree in English. In 2020, she was named an outstanding educator by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program.


Philip Eil, Instructor

Sessions 1 and 2: Philip Eil is a freelance journalist based in his hometown: Providence, Rhode Island. He is the former news editor of the alt-weekly newspaper, the Providence Phoenix. Since that paper closed in 2014, he has written about a variety of subjects – from books to politics to mental health to Joni Mitchell to the Freedom of Information Act – for a number of publications, including VICE, the Atlantic, the Boston GlobeMen’s HealthHuffington PostColumbia Journalism Review, and Boston Magazine. His profiles in Rhode Island Monthly have won numerous awards from the Rhode Island Press Association.

Phil has taught writing and journalism courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, UMass-Dartmouth, Brown University, and Columbia University’s Nonfiction MFA program. He is currently working on a true-crime book about a med-school classmate of his father who is serving four consecutive life terms in prison for prescription drug dealing. As part of that project, Phil was involved in a multi-year Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit with the Drug Enforcement Administration over unreleased trial evidence.

Stephen Haines, Instructor (Photojournalism)

Sessions 1 and 2 (Photojournalism): Haines, a veteran photojournalist and a lecturer at Boston University, leads the photojournalism track at the Summer Journalism Institute. He spent most of his career at The Boston Globe where he worked as a staff photographer, assignment and photo editor. As a freelancer, his work now includes both still and video projects.

Haines is passionate about photography, seeing it as a universal language that helps people better understand and connect to one another. He has taught at Boston University for 14 years where he concentrates on the creative controls of photography, teaching students to take powerful, storytelling photos from which readers can learn.

Pacinthe Mattar

Pacinthe Mattar, Instructor (Learn-from-Home)

Session 1, 2 and 3 (Learn-from-Home): Pacinthe Mattar is an Egyptian-Canadian journalist, writer, and radio and audio producer. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and raised between Toronto, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. She spent 10 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where she was a long-time producer on The Current with then-host Anna Maria Tremonti where much of her coverage focused on race & racism, police brutality, the Arab Spring, migration and refugees, pop culture, and more.

She produced documentaries from the floods of Calgary in 2013, the streets of Baltimore’s protests for Freddie Gray in 2015, and from the homes of Yazidi women who fled Iraq for Toronto after surviving sexual slavery at the hands of Da’esh. In 2020, she wrote about her experiences with media in a Walrus piece called “Objectivity is a Privilege Afforded to White Journalists” which won a National Magazine Award in 2021 and a Canadian Online Publishing Award in 2022. She is currently a Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellow at Harvard University.

Lara Salahi, Instructor

Sessions 1, 2 and 3: Lara Salahi is an award-winning health journalist, author, and educator. She is a digital producer at NBC Boston and an assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Endicott College. She has spent more than a decade working in local news, network and cable television, international print, and documentary film. Her book, Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic, examines each phase of the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date and the fractured system of global outbreak response.

Lara received a dual undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations and a minor in French from Boston University, a master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College, and a doctorate in Education from Regis College.

Rochelle Sharpe

Rochelle Sharpe, Instructor

Sessions 1, 2 and 3: Rochelle Sharpe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience. Now a freelance writer in Brookline, MA, Rochelle focuses on public health and education issues. Her freelance work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Prevention. Earlier in her career, she worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today.  A pioneer in computer-assisted reporting, Rochelle has written many investigative articles, some of which have been discussed at Congressional hearings as well as on Oprah and the David Letterman show. She also has worked as a journalism professor, editor, and writing coach.

Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Rochelle graduated with honors from Yale University.. In 2012-2013, she was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT, where she studied the intersection of health and technology. She lives in Brookline with her husband and two daughters.

Gary Washburn, Instructor

Session 3a: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gary Washburn has been a sports writer for 30 years and now has delved into the book-writing game with a biography of the great Spencer Haywood. Gary works as an NBA reporter/columnist for the Boston Globe and has worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Major League, Contra Costa Times, Los Angeles Daily News and the Long Beach Press Telegram. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists where he is Vice President of Print for the organization’s Sports Task Force and also president of the local Boston chapter. He also earned his Master’s at the University of Nebraska’s journalism program and is a UC Berkeley graduate in Mass Communications.

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