Meet New Faculty Members Joining Newhouse in Fall 2024

Meet four of the new members joining the Newhouse School’s outstanding faculty this fall.

Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries

Cherie Hu
Professor of Practice

The founder of Water & Music and a leading voice on music industry trends and technology, Hu will join Newhouse’s Bandier Program to teach about music industry business models, marketing and platforms. She currently teaches about social media and data as an adjunct instructor at Newhouse.

A longtime writer, researcher and educator focused on the intersection of technology and the music business, Hu plans to continue to contribute actively to Water & Music in a strategic capacity. Water & Music produces data-driven research, online courses and events on music tech innovation for a global community of thousands of industry professionals. She considers joining Syracuse University full time an opportunity to integrate the forefront of music-industry research with the cutting-edge academic environment at Newhouse School.

Hu previously covered the music tech landscape as a writer for outlets including Billboard, Forbes, Pitchfork and NPR Music, and earned the Reeperbahn Festival’s Award for International Music Business Journalist of the Year in 2017. A leading voice on music-industry trends, Hu has provided commentary for outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg and WIRED; lectured at institutions including Harvard University, New York University and Berklee College of Music; and spoken as a panelist or keynoter at SXSW, MUTEK and over 30 other conferences around the world.

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Colleen McEdwards
Assistant Professor

A veteran journalist, McEdwards will join Newhouse as a tenure-track assistant professor and teach courses on broadcast and digital storytelling.

Prior to joining Syracuse, McEdwards was a visiting lecturer of digital journalism at the University of North Alabama. She has also taught courses for the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Georgia State University.

Before entering academia, McEdwards was an anchor and correspondent for CNN International for 16 years. She joined CNN International during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and covered major global events. McEdwards reported from Moscow during Vladimir Putin’s first term, covered the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia and developed expertise in Eastern European affairs. Her international assignments also include the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial and the global SARS outbreak. A Canadian American, McEdwards also reported for CBC News for a decade.

McEdwards is a Fulbright Specialist, having completed digital media training projects in Trinidad and Tobago. She is a published author of poetry, short stories and academic papers. McEdwards earned a Ph.D. in education and technology management from Northcentral University, an M.A. in instructional design and learning technology from Western Governors University and a B.A. in English literature from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Public Relations

Joshua Foust
Assistant Professor

Foust will join Newhouse as a tenure-track assistant professor to teach classes in public relations practice and theory. Foust will arrive at Syracuse from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has taught social media strategy and public relations practice since 2020. He was also the communications and marketing director from 2019-22 for the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, a health advocacy nonprofit, and served as the insights and content lead for the Karrikins Group, a Denver-based executive consulting agency.  

Foust’s research focuses on the use of video games for strategic communication in the U.S. military, with an emphasis on public sphere theory and gender theory. He has published articles about gender and military gaming in the Journal of Communication; gender-based work practices in the games industry in Media, Culture & Society; public sphere theory in the Journal of Communication Inquiry; and executive communication practices in Public Relations Inquiry. 

His research into video games and strategic communication has been supported by a University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, as well as a College of Media, Communication and Information research grant.  

A member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Foust won a top paper award at the 2023  AEJMC conference. He is also a member of the International Communication Association and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. 

Foust earned a Ph.D. in 2024 at the University of Colorado Boulder, an M.A. in 2019 at Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in 2006 at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

Visual Communications

MaryAnne Golon
Professor of Practice

Golon will join the Newhouse School to teach classes in visual editing following a decade-plus tenure at The Washington Post as director of photography. Golon has been a key member of the senior newsroom management team, overseeing all aspects of photography for the Post across all platforms. She managed 17 staff photojournalists and 25 photography editors, and her team assigned scores of freelance photojournalists worldwide.

Under her leadership, the Post has won a Pulitzer Prize for photography and several other Pulitzers that named the photo staff. Golon was previously Time’s director of photography and co-managed the international news magazine’s photography department for more than 15 years. Golon has received numerous individual and team picture-editing awards from Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism competitions. Communication Arts, Society of News Design, Society of Publication Designers, American Society of News Editors and American Photography have all recognized her work. She was 2013 Picture Editor of the Year at the Lucie Awards, an International Photography Award foundation.

Golon serves as chair of the executive board for the Eddie Adams Workshop; as a faculty member at the Missouri Photo Workshop; as a juror for the International Photojournalism Festival Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan; and as a lecturer and portfolio reviewer for multiple photography organizations around the world. Golon received a B.S. in journalism and communications from the University of Florida, where she is a distinguished alumna. She completed a fellowship in public policy and media studies at Duke University.