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Mary McCrank

(585) 395-5294
Office:  233 Holmes Hall


  • MA, Communication, The College at Brockport
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, The College at Brockport
  • BA, Journalism, Buffalo State

Teaching and Creative Interests

  • Writing and editing for newspapers and magazines
  • Public relations, marketing communications, and development for higher education, not-for-profit, and governmental institutions
  • Owner, Crank it Out Communications, specializing in writing, copy editing, and proofreading
  • The portrayal of women and minority groups in the media, including the LGBT community; the evolution of the newspaper industry from an all-print medium to one slowly adapting to and embracing social media; women and gender in politics; social protest movements; philanthropy
  • My master's thesis focused on the newspaper coverage of the same-sex weddings that took place in San Francisco and Boston in 2004. I studied the content of 13 newspapers across the country to examine the coverage of the LGBT community during that time frame; scouring every item from the news section to the sports pages.

Grants, Fellowships, and Honors

  • Finalist, Rochester Business Journal's Best of the Web Awards, for my part in launching a new website for PathStone, (2010)
  • First Amendment in Journalism Award, Gannett Rochester Newspapers, for uncovering and reporting on the Irondequoit Town Board holding secret meeting in direct violation of New York State Open Meetings Law (1998)
  • First Place, New York State Associated Press, Spot News Reporting, for my role in covering the acquittal of five Rochester police officers on trial for civil rights violation, money thefts and other crimes (1993)

Last Updated 2/19/21