About: Mark E. Johnson teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the college’s Chief Technology Officer. He directs the annual Woodall Weekend Workshop that takes advanced photojournalism students into rural Georgia counties to tell their stories as well as a fall workshop that has centered on motorsports photojournalism and the Georgia National Fair in the past. He developed the college’s first dedicated online news site and runs VisualJournalism.info.
B.S., Photojournalism, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication
M.S., Photography, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication
Mr. Johnson teaches courses in introductory and advanced photojournalism, documentary photography, video journalism, graphic design end emerging journalism technologies. His Digital Literacy for Journalists video tutorials are used across the college and at several universities across the country.
Each year, Mr. Johnson leads to student workshops associated with his classes. For eight years, he has oversaw a motorsports photojournalism workshop in cooperation with the Petit Le Mans international sports car race and now runs a fall workshop centered on the importance of the Georgia National Fair to the state. Each spring, he leads the three-day Woodall Weekend Workshop based in one of the rural counties of Georgia.
He is a frequent speaker for the Georgia Press Association, National Press Photographers Association and is on the visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute. He has also been the the Education Chair and an Interim Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association which he helped relocate to Grady College in 2015.
Mr. Johnson has been a visual storyteller since the late 1980s, working as a stringer for the Associated Press and Agence-France Presse. He has also spent time as a staff photographer at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and MetroWest Daily News, as an assistant chief photographer for Community Newspapers Company, photo editor of the Utica Observer-Dispatch and director of photography for SchoolSports Magazine and SchoolSports.com. He was a founding board member for the Intercollegiate Online News Network, chairing their annual conference as well as being the chair of the NPPA’s Convergence conference. He currently serves as a non-voting board member for the Red and Black Publishing Company.
Mr. Johnson is also a four-time Sports Car Club of America Road Rally Divisional champion, has served on the SCCA’s National RoadRally Board and is director of the SCCA Atlanta Region’s Road Rally program.
Awards and Fellowships
Department of Journalism Teacher of the Year, 2008, 2011. Grady College’s Darwin-Davis Award, 2015.