Before joining Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film as an assistant professor, Mark Beckford was a web producer at Kaiser Health News. In that capacity, he produced multimedia content for the KHN’s website, selected and designed artwork to illustrate KHN stories and wrote headlines and blurbs, as well as, promoted KHN content via various social media accounts.
In 2013, Mark started working at the Washington Post on the universal news desk that manages the website’s home page and the Post’s content for their iPad and mobile applications.
Mark was also a fellow for the Washington Post/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2011, where he did a project looking at Jamaicans who gained asylum to the U.S. based on persecution for their sexual orientation.
Mark’s roots in journalism started in 2006 at The Gleaner in Kingston, Jamaica, where he rose from the position of intern to become the Online Content Coordinator for several of The Gleaner’s websites until he left in 2013.
Mark was also an adjunct lecturer at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies from 2010-2014, where he designed and taught a digital journalism course to final year students.
Mark has won several Multimedia Journalism awards.