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Jason Offutt



235 Wells Hall


660.562.1947 (fax)

Personal Website

Joined Northwest in 2005

Senior Instructor


  • M.A. Mass Communication
  • B.S. Broadcasting and Film

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Professional Media Writing
  • Reporting
  • Opinion Writing
  • Ethnographic Film Study
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Photography

Academic Interests

  • Journalism
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Ghosts and stuff

Scholarly Activity

I write books—both fiction and nonfiction—using all the writing and reporting tools I teach in my courses. As of this writing, my latest novel, “So You Had to Build a Time Machine,” is ranked #4 on Kindle for Time Travel novels. All my works can be found at

Other Professional Experiences

I was a newspaper reporter, editor and photographer for 17 years and the managing editor of a Kansas City-area entertainment magazine for three. I was also a syndicated newspaper humor columnist for more than two decades.


I dislike the following:

  • Filling out forms and other bits of time-wasting bureaucratic nonsense. I would have modified “forms” with the word “unnecessary,” but since most forms are unnecessary, it would have been wastefully repetitious.
  • Being wastefully repetitious.
  • Either be a pie or stop trying.
  • Will Ferrell.
  • Exclamation points. The only thing this overused piece of inane punctuation tells a reader is that the writer cannot, in fact, write.
  • Drivers who don’t understand a four-way stop.
  • A well-done steak. There’s nothing well about it.
  • The fact I dragged this particular bit on so long. Sorry about that.