KSUNewsNow is a student publishing site for the journalism classes in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University.
Our mission is to provide an avenue for students in the KSU Journalism program with an outlet to publish their work and share their creativity.
Our Faculty Adviser
Professor Farooq Kperogi teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in news reporting and writing, global communication, journalism, new media, and research methods at Kennesaw State University’s School of Communication and Media. He is the author of a book, several book chapters, and numerous journal articles on diverse areas of communication.
His research, which has won awards, including the 2016 Top-Rated Research Paper Award at the 17th Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin, focuses on online journalism, diasporic media, comparative global English usage, virtual reality journalism, citizen journalism, journalistic objectivity, media and conflict, and social media.
Before coming to academe, Professor Kperogi worked as a staff writer, news reporter, features editor, and news editor in Nigeria. He was also a presidential speech writer.
Professor Kperogi earned his Ph.D. in communication at Georgia State University, his MS in communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his BA in mass communication at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria.
During his doctoral studies, he earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award. He also won the Outstanding Master’s Student in Communication Award at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Nigerian Television Authority Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano. In 2014, the University of Louisiana’s Department of Communication honored him with the Outstanding Alumnus award.
Austin McMillan is a senior studying journalism and emerging media at Kennesaw State University. Formerly, he worked as a photographer for The Sentinel, KSU’s student-run newspaper. Austin’s career goals include working as a photojournalist in the Atlanta area and eventually internationally.
Austin is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and is on track to graduate magna cum laude. He has received awards both for leadership and academics, including the Outstanding Students Award from the Kennesaw State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Our Founding Publisher
Dr. Carolyn S. Carlson is an associate professor of communication in the journalism and emerging media concentration at Kennesaw State University. Her main area of research focuses on the relationship between government public affairs officers and reporters, particularly the role that PAOs play in the interviewing and reporting process. She has been the subject of many news stories published by the New York Times, Washington Post and others.
She teaches the reporting and writing classes, the capstone course and media law. Dr. Carlson has a doctorate from Georgia State University in political science, focusing on political communication, and a master’s degree from Georgia State in urban affairs focusing on nonprofit administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. She taught journalism and political science at Georgia State University prior to joining the faculty at Kennesaw State.
Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University has steadily grown to become a big-name school in the University System of Georgia.
The recent consolidation of Southern Polytechnic University–now referred to as the Marietta campus–and KSU, has brought enrollment at the school up to more than 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 132 countries.
The Kennesaw campus of KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 328-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus. The Marietta campus is situated only minutes south of Kennesaw’s, and offers new degree opportunities in areas such as engineering, computer sciences and architecture.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, KSU offers more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math. The university’s graduate degree programs include nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. KSU’s expanding Ph.D. program currently offers a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing. (Courtesy of About KSU)
Our School of Communication & Media
Effective Fall 2015, Kennesaw State University has recognized the Department of Communication as the School of Communication & Media. The School of Communication & Media at Kennesaw State University prepares its graduates to be effective, lifelong communicators, pro-active leaders, and scholarly practitioners who create, design, deliver, and interpret the meaning of the messages in interpersonal, organizational, and societal contexts. Our graduates will be prepared to actively contribute to the continuously evolving local and global communities while adapting to the constantly changing technological environment.
We offer courses that expose students to the art and science of communication and prepare them to achieve fulfilling careers in media, journalism, public relations, organizational communication and other communication areas. Our courses lead to a Bachelor of Science in Communication. (Courtesy of About School of Communication)
Effective Spring 2017, the School of Communication and Media now offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Emerging Media.