Mindich is a journalism professor at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where he served six years as chair; before that, he was a journalism professor at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, where he served nine years as chair. The author of three books and numerous articles, Mindich was named by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation the 2006 Vermont Professor of the Year.
Before becoming a professor, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University. He has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilson Quarterly, Columbia Journalism Review and other publications. He is the author of Just the Facts: How "Objectivity" Came to Define American Journalism (NYU Press, 1998) and Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News (Oxford University Press, 2005), a book Walter Cronkite called "very important....a handbook for the desperately needed attempt to inspire in the young generation a curiosity that generates the news habit."
Mindich's third book is The Mediated World: A New Approach to Mass Communication and Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 and 2024).
Mindich founded Jhistory, an Internet group for journalism historians, in 1994. In 1998-1999, he was head of the History Division of the AEJMC. In 2002, the AEJMC awarded Mindich the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Teaching and Public Service. In 2011, he was named New England Journalism Educator of the Year by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.