Maija Jenson

Maija Jenson
Professional Title


M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2008

B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Art History and Studio Arts, 2002


Before joining the Department of Communication in 2018, I served as the KUMD Program Director, Internship Coordinator, News Producer and Advisor to The Basement, student-run radio. In my teaching, I utilize my 20 years of public radio experience working in Minnesota and Wisconsin at KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.

For 10 years at KUMD, I produced and hosted a weekly art segment called "Radio Gallery," a program about ideas, people and artists in Minnesota. Alongside KUMD staff, students and community volunteers, I have produced long and short-form radio, news stories, political interviews, historical specials and arts coverage for air and the web.

My journalism graduate work focused on the independent press and media democracy and my practical journalism experience is in political news, arts coverage, investigative journalism, community reporting and multi-platform, digital journalism. I had the good fortune to study under Pulitzer Prize-winning author Deborah Blum, Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT. 

Now, I teach Introduction to Journalism, Local Journalism, Data Journalism and other media practices classes. I am also the faculty advisor to The Bark, the student-run campus newspaper at UMD. 

I believe that with the right tools, curiosity, practice and heart, any writer can become an accomplished journalist. 



I was raised in Northern Minnesota near Lake Vermilion by activist, artist hippies with no television but plenty of public radio and books. Besides art, media and teaching, I enjoy an active life in the great outdoors with my family. I am a declared food snob who cooks, gardens, hunts and fishes.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Journalism 

Local Journalism

Data Journalism

Digital Storytelling

Journalist's Toolbox

Newsroom Practicum

Mass Media Practices