A former New York City journalist, Nicholas Hirshon is an assistant professor of communication at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, about twenty miles west of New York City. He is also on the adjunct faculty at the Columbia Journalism School. He holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from St. John’s University (2006), a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University (2008), and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University (2016).
Hirshon is the author of the book We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders, released in 2018 via the University of Nebraska Press. He previously wrote two other books, Images of America: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (2010), on the Long Island arena known for hosting the Islanders, and Images of America: Forest Hills (2013), about the New York City neighborhood that hosted the U.S. Open tennis tournament for six decades. He has been interviewed about his books by news outlets such as the CBS television affiliate in New York City, News 12 Long Island, the New York Post, Newsday, and the radio station that airs Islanders games.
Hirshon has published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Journalism, Case Studies in Sport Management, International Journal of Sport Communication, and Journalism History. His research has also been recognized with awards and honors at several academic conferences. In 2015, his paper on the groundbreaking association between New York City Mayor John Lindsay and the 1969 New York Mets received the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Journalism Historians Association.
Before joining the faculty at William Paterson, Hirshon taught journalism at Ohio University (2013-2016), St. John’s University (2010-2013), and LaGuardia Community College in the City University of New York (2009-2013). Hirshon has received several major awards for his teaching, including an AEJMC Promising Professors Award in 2014 and the Society of Professional Journalists’ New Jersey Journalism Educator of the Year Award in 2019. In 2015, his Ohio University students nominated him for a Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award, and he became the first journalism instructor to win the award in eight years. He is currently the faculty adviser for the William Paterson chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2019 he received the Society’s prestigious Outstanding Campus Chapter Adviser Award. He has also served on the boards of the SPJ chapters in New Jersey and New York City.
Hirshon was previously a reporter from 2005 to 2011 at the New York Daily News, where he amassed more than 1,000 bylines covering a mixture of breaking and community news. He also wrote three series that sparked efforts to save historic sites such as the former home of baseball player Jackie Robinson and the longest continuously operated movie theater in the United States. In 2010, Hirshon received an award from a prominent historic preservation group, the Historic Districts Council, for his coverage of forgotten sites in the borough of Queens. He has also freelanced for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Hockey News.