Jill Capuzzo teaches journalism and writing courses at Rutgers University-Camden, where she has been a member of the faculty for the last 15 years. She is a Faculty Fellow in the University’s Engaged Civic Learning Program and serves as the Faculty Advisor to the school’s newspaper, The Gleaner.
In her time at Rutgers, she has greatly enhanced the journalism program, adding a number of new courses, including Digital Reporting, Issues in Contemporary Journalism, Reporting on Race, Religion and Social Diversity, Urban Reporting, Food Writing, Political Reporting, Community Journalism, and Opinion Writing, to name a few. She has also expanded the program to include courses in related fields, such as Public Relations, Advertising and Communications. In recent years, she has lead Rutgers journalism students on learning abroad programs in England, Scotland and South Africa, where they studied cultural and foreign reporting. On campus, she is a member of the advisory board for the school’s Women and Gender Studies program, and has participated in events sponsored by the school’s Leadership Institute.
A firm believer in the value of continuing to practice what you teach, Professor Capuzzo has been a working journalist for more than 30 years. In addition to her teaching, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and New Jersey Monthly Magazine, writing on topics as diverse as real estate, healthcare, business and industry, food and lifestyle, and government and state politics. She has also been a reporter for The Miami Herald, The Trenton Times and the Paterson News, and has written articles for other regional and trade magazines. She won First Place in business reporting in 2013 by the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalism, received honorable mention in the 2014 National Folio Awards for news reporting and was an NJSPJ finalist in news reporting in 2014. She is the co-author of the book Philadelphia: First Class, and a contributing writer to the book Weekend Journeys: 62 Getaways within a Day’s Drive of Philadelphia.
Professor Capuzzo received her Masters of Science degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she majored in History. Outside of work, she is involved in animal rights organizations and has volunteered at local shelters, as well as at a local soup kitchen. She enjoys travel, swimming, oil painting, art-house movies, and fix-it projects on her 120-year-old converted carriage house.