Professional Advisory Board Mission Statement
The Johns Hopkins University does not have a formal journalism program or trade school, and The News-Letter is where many students interested in journalism get their start. We believe that a Professional Advisory Board is the best way to receive experienced guidance while maintaining our financial and editorial independence from the University.
The Board is composed of experienced editors and writers, from various local and national publications, who cover a wide range of subjects. The Board provides The News-Letter’s editorial staff with advice and feedback on a range of issues, from journalistic ethics to editorial practices.
Ultimately, all decisions rest with the Editors-in-Chief of The News-Letter and no member of the Board can be held liable for decisions made by the paper.
Fern Shen is the publisher and editor of Baltimore Brew, a daily news website with accountability and community reporting for Baltimore and the region. Shen reported for the the Baltimore Evening Sun in the late 1980s and then for 17 years was a staff writer for the Washington Post. An award-winning writer on The Post’s Metro staff, she covered Maryland state government and the General Assembly, local government, crime, environment and social issues. On the Style staff, she helped create and wrote for The “KidsPost” section, a daily page of news and features for young readers. Since it began publishing six years ago, the award-winning Baltimore Brew has become a trusted place for ground-breaking reporting on city government and neighborhoods. Shen, whose work has been published in the New York Times and other publications, has also been a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center, at the University of California Berkeley.