Dr. Lara Salahi is an award-winning 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 current research focuses on creating sustainable higher education journalism programs and building connections between academia and industry. Her studies examine professionalization models to approach journalism education, and methods to standardize skills among practicing journalists.