john-carpenter

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Email: jocarpenter@bryan.edu
Phone: 423.618.3753
Box: 7807

I graduated from Bryan in 1986 with a B.A. in History/Secondary Education Certification. Along the way I also spent six semesters on the Triangle, student newspaper staff, the last two semesters as editor. I planned on teaching high school history, but the sovereign God of the universe had a different path prepared.

While I was falling in love with Bryan College, I was also falling in love with Dayton. After deciding that Dayton was the perfect place on earth in which to live, I joined the staff of The Herald-News here in 1987. I was promoted to editor two and a half years later and served in that capacity through 2008.

Beginning in 1999 I had the privilege of picking up the mantle of my college mentor, Betty Brynoff. I began teaching the journalism courses at Bryan as an adjunct faculty member and served as faculty advisor to Triangle.

I resigned as editor of The Herald-News in 2008 and began my own public relations and marketing firm. Though the consulting work was lucrative, I found myself spending more and more time with my students at the college. In the fall of 2010 I was offered my dream job: to teach journalism at Bryan full-time and to begin building the foundation for a journalism major.

My wife, Karin, and I have four children, Jay, Andrew, Katherine and Matthew and live on a small hobby farm in Dayton with a dog, a cat and a flock of chickens.

Academic Degrees

  • M.S. Communications/Journalism Management concentration, University of Tennessee
  • B.A. History/Tennessee Secondary School Teacher Certification, Bryan College

Academic Honors

  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers. 2006

Publications

  • Master’s Thesis: “A Study of Attitudes Toward Mentoring and Its Perceived Benefits Among Tennessee Newspaper Editors.”
  • Thousands of news stories, editorials and features for The Herald-News (Dayton, Tenn.), the Chattanooga Free Press, Chattanooga Times, Tennessee Press, Bryan Life, World magazine and Chattanoogan.com.
  • My writing is featured in a textbook about feature writing using the Internet titled FeatureWriting.Net by Dr. Michael Ray Smith, Epistelogic Publishing, 2005.

Professional Awards

Tennessee Press Association Press Contest — Five First Place awards for Editorials, Four First Place awards for Public Service and First Place awards for Makeup and Appearance, Best News Photo and Best Feature Photo

Professional Associations

  • Association of Christian Collegiate Media
  • College Media Advisors
  • Evangelical Press Association

Volunteer Activities

  • Deacon, Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA)
  • President, Rhea County Council of Community Services Inc.
  • Member, Rhea County Adult Literacy Council
  • Chair, Rhea County United Way Allocation Panel

Topics of Expertise

  • Community Journalism
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Mass Media Law
  • Public Relations