Jim MacMillan is the assistant director of external affairs at the School of Media and Communication, where he leads the Center for Public Interest Journalism and maintains a role with Open Data Philly. He also managed operations for the Temple DNC News Bureau and served as liaison to the Next Mayor project, among others.
MacMillan first came to Temple University to take graduate courses in Journalism during the 1990s and has since taught several courses, including those he created in Journalism and Psychological Trauma and Addressing Violence Through Solutions-Oriented Journalism. He previously directed the Philadelphia Initiative for Journalism Innovation at SMC.
From 2012 through 2014, MacMillan led the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, a small nonprofit news organization focused on solutions to gun violence in Philadelphia. Previously, he produced War News Radio as the journalist in residence at Swarthmore College, was an assistant professor in convergence journalism at the University of Missouri, taught multimedia reporting for graduate students at the Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and led urban photojournalism workshops with the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.
MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News as a sports photographer, senior photographer, photo columnist and the paper's first video news producer. He photographed the war in Iraq for the Associated Press in 2004 and 2005, for which his team was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
MacMillan has also been honored with the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents, a National Headliner Award and the Distinguished Visual Journalist award by the Keystone Press Association. Local recognition includes a Best of Philly award, a Philly Geek award, a Pen and Pencil Club award and Partners in Peace honors from Mothers in Charge.
MacMillan studied journalism and psychological trauma as a Dart Center Ochberg Fellow as well as with the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan. He was also Social Innovations Lab Fellow with Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.