Mike Cowling is a professor in the writing/editing emphasis and currently serves as the Journalism Department chair.
Cowling received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and his master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at UW Oshkosh in August 1994, and teaches History of Journalism in the United States, Law of Mass Communication, Media Ethics and Editing classes. He also has taught Writing for the Media, Feature Writing and Reporting.
During his career, Cowling worked for eight different newspapers, including The Chicago Sun-Times and The Los Angeles Times. For the past 12 summers, he has worked at The New York Times as a copy editor on the National or Foreign desks. He also works nightly throughout the year as an editor for The New York Times on the Web. He has done numerous editing, reporting and ethics workshops for news organizations around the country, including The Boston Globe, The Daily Oklahoman and The Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer.
In addition, he has presented numerous papers, primarily on the topic of community journalism, at national conferences. He also has written a chapter on editing wire service copy for an editing textbook.