About Brian Moritz

Brian Moritz
Editor, Journovation Journal
Research assistant, Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair for Journalism Innovation
Doctoral student, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

I’m a former sports reporter who walked away from my beat to find out why newspapers are struggling, what they can do about it and how the Internet is changing the way the media does business.

Along with my duties as the Journovation Journal Editor, and as a research assistant for the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair for Journalism Innovation, I’m a second-year doctoral student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. My research focuses on journalists’ routines and how they are evolving. My research also focuses on media sociology and sports media and communications. I’ve presented my research at regional and national AEJMC conferences, as well as the Summit on Communication and Sport.

Before turning to school in 2009, I spent 10 years as a newspaper sports reporter. I worked for the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) and The Times Herald (Olean, N.Y.). I’ve written for The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Baltimore Sun, among others. I’ve covered college basketball, minor-league baseball, the NCAA Tournament, the NHL playoffs, and the NFL, NBA and MLB. I voted in the AP men’s basketball Top 25 and broke coverage of the 2003 St. Bonaventure men’s basketball recruiting scandal, for which I won top-10 in the nation in the APSE national writing contest. I also won several writing awards in the New York State Associated Press Association state contest.

Professor Pacheco in the Press

Corazón del Barrio captures the importance of community engagement


  • Newhouse professor Daniel Pacheco and students from his virtual reality class visited La Casita Sept. 8 to film and photograph a group of dancers, led by Luz Encarnación. After a few hours, the students had taped enough footage to create a 3D virtual reality video...

CNN: Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash


  • Dan Pacheco, professor of practice and chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, has experienced the issue firsthand. As an online producer for the Post's website in the late 1990s and later for America Online, some of the work he helped build has disappeared...

How Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is bringing augmented reality to your job


  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

Students, Faculty to Create Content for HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset


  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic


  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...



  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco