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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

David Weintraub

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-3314
Fax: 803-777-4103

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 306
Columbia, SC 29208


David Weintraub's Website and Blog
David Weintraub's Videos and Multimedia Website
Archived Columns of Black Star Rising
Curriculum Vitae



B.A., English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
M.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, University of South Carolina


David Weintraub's research interests include visual storytelling across media platforms, modernism in visual communications, music and literature, entrepreneurship for creative professionals and media coverage of climate change.

Funded Research

Weintraub mentored a Magellan Scholar (2014) who examined the effects of catastrophic events, such as fires and floods, on U.S. national parks and their possible link to climate change. Magellan Scholars can earn up to $3,000 for their research.


Summer-stipend grant in 2016 from the Center for Teaching Excellence to add an integrative-learning component to the Freelancing for Creative Professionals course.


Weintraub's 30-year career as a photographer, writer, and editor informs his teaching practice, but he is constantly retooling and adding new skills and methods to best serve his students. He teaches in all areas of the Visual Communications sequence, including photography, video, portfolio development, web design, and entrepreneurship.

Recent Publications

Weintraub, D. (2012). The law. In Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling. (pp. 215–235). (Kenneth Kobré, Ed.) Waltham, Mass.: Focal Press, 2012.

Weintraub, D. (2009). Everything you wanted to know, but were powerless to ask. In Visual Communication Research Designs. (pp. 298-220). (Keith Kenney, Ed.) N.Y.: Routledge.

Weintraub, D. (2008). So you want to freelance. In Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach. (6th ed.). (pp.  456-467). (Ken Kobré, Ed.). Burlington, Mass.: Focal Press.


Member, Faculty Development Committee

Member, accreditation and curriculum revision committees

Photography and video workshop presenter 

Honors student advisor