Farooq Kperogi

Farooq Kperogi is  a Full Professor of Communication ( in the Journalism and Emerging Media major) at Kennesaw State University's School of Communication and Media whose research has won national and international awards. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in News Reporting and Writing, Narrative Journalism, Journalism History, Media Law, Public Communication, Research Methods, Global Communication, Communication and Technology, New Media, Community Journalism, Human Communication, Introduction to Mass Communication, Communication Theory, and International Journalism.

Professor Kperogi

Professor Kperogi's research broadly explores the intersection between communication in a global context and the singularities of the communicative practices of marginal groups within it. He has published scholarly papers in how linguistic minorities in peripheral, transnational societies deploy their indigenous languages for mass communication.

He is also interested in the transnational, mass-mediated, online discourses of marginalized diasporas in the West, which he studies by examining the alternative and citizen online journalistic practices of previously disempowered Third World ethnoscapes whose voluntary geographic displacement to the Western core imbues them with the cultural and social capital to be vanguards for potentially transformative cross-border exchanges with their homelands. This was the focus of his second book titled Nigeria's Digital Diaspora: Citizen Media, Democracy, and Participation (Rochester University Press, 2020), which investigated the robust growth and flowering of U.S.-based Nigerian citizen media sites that have been radically transforming homeland journalistic practices and state policies.

This flows from his interest in citizen journalism in general, including corporate-run citizen journalistic projects that attract and therefore hegemonically co-opt an army of potentially oppositional bloggers from all over the world to one site, a subject about which he wrote a well-received article in New Media & Society.

Professor Kperogi also researches and writes on international Englishes, especially the deviations of the non-native varieties of the English language from American and British English, the world’s two most dominant native varieties. His 2015 book titled Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World (Peter Lang) encapsulates this.

Very broadly, his scholarly and pedagogical interests, on which he has presented many conference papers and published several book chapters and journal articles, revolve around Online Journalism, Globalization and New Media, Communication/Media Theory, Alternative and Citizen/Community Media, Diaspora Media, Online Communities, Online Sociality, Deliberative Demcracy, Political Economy of Mass Communication, Media English, Comparative English Grammar, Mass Media and Society, and International Mass Media, Journalism History, Virtual Reality Journalism, and the history and practices of Journalistic Objectivity.

Biography

Professor Kperogi received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication (with minors in English and Political Science) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, where he won the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Mass Communication.

He got his Masters of Science in Communication (with a minor in English) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and won the Outstanding Master's Student in Communication award.

He earned his Ph.D. in Public Communication at Georgia State University's Department of Communication where he won the "Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award."

While at Georgia State University, where he also taught Journalism for five years, he was Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, a refereed academic journal, and Associate Director of Research at the Center for International Media Education.

He has previously worked as a staff writer, reporter, news editor, and features editor at many Nigerian newspapers and magazines. He was also a presidential researcher at the Presidential Research and Communications Unit in the office of the Nigerian president and a journalism instructor at two colleges in Nigeria.

He wrote the wildly popular "Notes from Atlanta" political column for the Daily Trust on Saturday and the "Politics of Grammar" language column for the Daily Trust on Sunday for more than a decade until the government of President Muhammadu Buhari pressured the publisher of the Daily Trust to stop the political column in December 2018 because of its searingly biting critiques of the government. 

Professor Kperogi's widely read political column, which shapes popular national discourses in, and scholarly conversations about, Nigeria now appears every Saturday on the back page of the Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria's oldest surviving privately owned newspaper, and in the Peoples Gazette, an online newspaper. He also blogs at www.farooqkperogi.com and is active on social media. His Twitter handle is @farooqkperogi and his verified Facebook page can be found here.

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