The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University has been organizing SoCon conferences for seven years now. Dedicated to finding new models for ethically sound, financially sustainable journalism, CSJ launches experimental projects to test ideas and provide real value to the community. To date, its biggest project is the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), the only publication covering juvenile justice issues on a daily basis in the country.
Center for Sustainable Journalism
Leonard Witt holds the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University and was named an Eminent Scholar by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in May 2008.
In August 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Kennesaw State University. With $1.5 million in new funding from the Harnisch Foundation, he is the founder of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University.
He was a journalist for more than 25 years, including being editor of Sunday Magazine at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Monthly magazine. Before entering academia in 2002, he was the executive director of the Minnesota Public Radio Civic Journalism Initiative. He blogs at PJNet.org.
Marketing and Logistics Manager
Center for Sustainable Journalism
Carole Arnold is the Marketing and Logistics Expert for the Center for Sustainable Journalism and all of its projects, conferences and other endeavors. During her more than fifteen years of experience, she has developed a versatile skill set including marketing communications and project management.
Joining the CSJ in 2009, Carole has played an integral role in launching, developing and maintaining the strategic goals of the Center. Most recently she has spear-headed the development of the JJIE’s ‘Resources’ and ‘Directory’ initiatives.
As a mother of two budding young adults, Carole’s unqiue perspective has proven invaluable to the work of the JJIE. Spanning the course of the next year, Carole aims to push the JJIE beyond the role of a strictly news publication, making it a resource for parents, professionals and all those working at the intersection of children and the law.
Prior to her work with the Center, Carole worked as Operations Support Manager with Marketing Specifics, Inc. Her experience, both on the job and out in the ‘real-world,’ has contributed to her stellar work at the Center while allowing her to stay flexible enough to tackle daily problems while keeping the organization on the road to sustainability.
Associate Editor of Digital
Clay Duda is Associate Editor of Digital at Creative Loafing Atlanta. No body knows exactly what that means, so his job tends to be pretty easy.
It kind of means he’s a multiplatform journalist with a knack for the digital. He oversees the paper’s editorial voice online, manages social media strategies, reports and photographs, among other things for Atlanta’s longest-running alternative weekly. You can find all the other boring stuff is posted on his LinkedIn page.
Personally, he enjoys writing, taking long walks with the dog around his Southeast Atlanta neighborhood, and dabbling in the creative arts. He’s married, which is pretty sweet, and posts a bunch of grainy pictures on Instagram at odd hours of the day.
He does the photo, video, and graphics thing. Plus he writes and works random freelance gigs whenever he finds the time.
Prior to joining CL in 2012, Clay worked with the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University. There he did a bunch of things, ultimately covering juvenile justice, child welfare, and other youth issues for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange while filling the role as Acting Digital Media Manager.
Noah is a digital strategist at IQ, a full-service marketing agency in Atlanta.
Outside of work, Noah is addicted to travel, social media tools, gadgets, and southern food. Along with his wife, he spoils a beautiful four year old chocolate lab/husky mix. His favorite book is The Crying of Lot 49. And he so adores the music and lyrics of Conor Oberst that he plans to write a book about him one day. And on a warm summer day, he can’t imagine anything much better than kayaking down the Chattahoochee River.
His other interests include: Innovation, design, collaborative tools, photography, scuba diving, anthropology, sociology, writing, social media theory, and general geekery.