Allison Frisch specializes in teaching and researching journalism innovation and researching the impact of cinematic video journalism on the foundational principles of journalism and news making. An award-winning communications professional, Frisch worked for 15 years in the journalism, digital innovation, and business fields.
Frisch spent 15 years working at newspapers in the Finger Lakes region of New York and in York, Pennsylvania, as a reporter, photojournalist, managing editor, regional editor, and executive editor. She has won numerous Associated Press Awards for feature writing, investigative reporting, and digital innovation in storytelling. Her staff won AP Newspaper of the Year for several consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. She was recruited to run a newspaper in York, Pennsylvania, in 2014, where she transitioned a small but journalistically mighty newspaper into a digital powerhouse in a joint operating agreement with Gannett, Co. The transition required simultaneous collaboration and competition with Gannett to ensure a healthy business model for the smaller paper in the partnership. Under her leadership, the York newspaper won Pennsylvania News Media awards for diversity and video excellence in 2016 and 2017.
Frisch received her Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015 before transitioning to higher education as an adjunct professor, while still running the newspaper in York, Pennsylvania. In 2018, she moved to higher education full time, and her research interests include innovative funding models to support journalism, specifically the way higher education in communications can form partnerships with local and regional media to challenge the threat to democracy caused by a lack of local media coverage, also known as news deserts.