Erin Perry is what her friends jokingly call a unicorn; that is: a person using both her college degrees and who thoroughly enjoys what she does for a living.
With a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she works as a Mexico-based freelance media and communications professional who teaches college journalism courses. She launched her freelance career while living in Brazil in 2013. In this role, she counsels and assists clients with strategically transforming potentially confusing content into clear, engaging, accurate key messages to reach various target audiences. She edits fiction and non-fiction works, including biographies, theses, magazines, speeches, publicity materials and other concurrent large- and small-scale projects on deadline.
Erin has taught more than 200 students taking courses in news editing, news reporting, journalistic grammar and style and public speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is in pursuit of a Ph.D. in communication, specializing in media, society and culture. Her current research interests include examining how new media has created opportunities for conflicts of interests for journalists and news organizations; questioning how new media has transformed the role of journalism education; and studying how entrepreneurial journalism has affected the age-old supremacy of legacy journalism.
She spent several years as director of the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program, where she visited classrooms in metro Detroit to help journalism teachers motivate, educate and accelerate their students. She facilitated the production of the online version of a quarterly newspaper printed for more than a dozen Detroit high schools. She also was the direct supervisor for a progressive group of 10 high school students chosen to work at the Free Press for six intensive weeks each summer; some groups produced more than 100 articles. Erin often represented senior-level news managers at college recruiting events and has been a guest speaker at several universities. In 2012, Erin was awarded with the Spirit of Detroit Award from the City of Detroit for her dedication to scholastic journalism and diversity. In 2009, she was awarded the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s John V. Field Award for her contributions to scholastic journalism. The same year, the Free Press honored her with its Above and Beyond Award.
A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Detroit Alumnae Chapter and the National Association of Black Journalists, Erin enjoys the rare chance to sleep in, watching television—without commercials—at home, writing, dining out, practicing Portuguese and Spanish, traveling with her husband and playing with their young son.