Maria Ines Miro-Quesada, a Peruvian online journalist, joined the SOJ faculty in November as a visiting assistant professor. In addition to teaching visual journalism courses, Miro-Quesada is helping to develop the online version of the School’s annual alumni magazine, SOJ Insider, and developing a class in international media.
“When I came in October to visit, I really liked WVU and the School in particular,” said Miro-Quesada. “I instantly felt welcomed. The School of Journalism feels like a family. It may sound clichéd, but it is true. I have never experienced the collegiality present here.”
Miro-Quesada earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Pontificia Universidad Catôlica del Perû, in Lima, Peru, and later received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Her professional experience in Peru includes the development of two national magazines, writing and editing for both print and online media and producing a radio show targeted at small-business owners.
While at the University of Missouri, Miro-Quesada worked as both the online director and a radio producer for Global Journalist, an international magazine with print, online and radio components. She also was the online editor for the Spanish-language efforts of Investigative Reporters and Editors organization and the managing editor for Adelante, a bilingual magazine published by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
“I love teaching,” said Miro-Quesada, “and I have really enjoyed every single teaching position I have had in the U.S. and Peru. I love the in-class experience and the outside one – talking to the students, learning from them, seeing how they progress and get better.”
Miro-Quesada says she is impressed by the SOJ faculty, who reach out to students in the classroom and beyond.
“Everyone, including the dean, knows the students by their names,” she said. “They know what their strengths and interests are and are always trying to find opportunities for them to shine and to grow as professionals. I have never seen that. We really have a one-on-one approach to teaching.”