Jeff Rapsis

Adjunct Professor

Communication Arts, B.A.
UNH Manchester

Profile

Jeff Rapsis is co-founder and co-owner of HippoPress, the weekly arts and entertainment newspaper based in Manchester, N.H., for which he serves as Associate Publisher. His media career includes work as a reporter, editor, and manager at daily newspapers including the Union Leader, the Nashua Telegraph, and the Concord Monitor, as well as corporate communications work for PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company based in Merrimack, N.H.

In addition to the University of New Hampshire, he has taught writing in the New Hampshire Community College system and is a frequent guest lecturer in classrooms and at newspaper industry functions, most recently as a guest speaker at the National Newspaper Association's 2011 convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His communications background includes editing work at the world's largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun in Tokyo, Japan, and general manager of Neighborhood Publications, a chain of weekly newspapers that serve the Manchester suburbs. While working for New Hampshire Magazine in the 1990s, he also served as the original content editor for nh.com .

From 2006 to 2010 he served as editor of the Manchester Express, a paper published by HippoPress, and from 2009 to 2011 was editor of the York (Me.) Independent, a bi-monthly publication acquired by company. In 2009, Mr. Rapsis also co-founded the Compass, a weekly newspaper based in Claremont, N.H.

Mr. Rapsis is also a composer and pianist who specializes in film music. His work includes a score for the independent feature film "Dangerous Crosswinds" (2005), which was recorded by members of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. He is also one of the nation's leading silent film musicians, performing regularly at screenings throughout New England and beyond. He also serves on the board of directors of the Manchester Community Music School.

Education

  • M.B.A., Whittemore School of Business, 2003, University of New Hamsphire
  • B.A., English, 1986, Fordham University, New York, NY.