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Mitchell McKenney

Assistant Professor

Mitch joined the KSU faculty in August 2008 following an 18-year career in news, including a decade at the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, where he supervised online news, features, politics, in-depth and crime news reporters. Before the move to Akron he was a reporter and editor for The Palm Beach Post in southern Florida and at the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y. He began teaching part-time in JMC in 2001.

He teaches courses such as Media Writing, Newswriting, Reporting for Mass Media, Intro to Mass Communication, Media Power & Culture and Fundamentals of Media Messages. He’s interested in the effect of reader feedback on news coverage online, especially what editors can do to keep poisonous and libelous comments from turning off readers or inviting trouble. He also follows changes with sunshine laws and open records, comics sections and faith coverage.

Mitch lives in Hartville with his wife, Kim, and their three children.

Education:

-Kent State University, bachelor’s in news

-Kent State University, master’s of business administration

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • Community Journalism
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Religion in Media
  • Arts Coverage
Mitchell McKenney
OFFICE
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
OFFICE HOURS

MW 10:00-11:00 AM
TR 9:00-11:00 AM
And by Appointment

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-244-3364
mmckenne@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Spring 2014
  • JMC 20005 - 600 Fundamentals Of Media Messages
  • JMC 26001 - 005 Multimedia Newswriting
  • CCI 40095 - 005 St : International Storytelling
  • HONR 40096 - 616 Individual Honors Work
  • HONR 40099 - 608 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
  • JMC 40295 - 005 St : International Storytelling
  • JMC 60195 - 005 St : International Storytelling
Summer 2014
  • JMC 20001 - 600 Media , Power And Culture
Fall 2014
  • JMC 20001 - 604 Media , Power And Culture
  • JMC 20005 - 600 Fundamentals Of Media Messages
  • JMC 26005 - 600 Multimedia Storytelling
  • JMC 26007 - 002 Print Beat Reporting
  • HONR 40099 - 600 Senior Honors Thesis / Project