Dr. Jake McNeill joined the KSU Department of Communication in August of 2005. Throughout this time, McNeill has been part of the OWL Radio Executive Board, where he now serves as Chair. McNeill’s own on-air radio career has seen everything from giving away cars in Missouri to covering award shows in Los Angeles. He also worked in one of the BBC’s smallest radio studios, located in Canterbury, Kent. In 2004, McNeill was awarded the Silver Dome by the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association for his on-air and production work.
Dr. McNeill teaches a wide variety of Digital Media Production courses including Photojournalism (COM 3360), Advanced Audio Production (COM 4445) and Multimedia Visions of Community (COM 4488). He also serves on the Department of Communication’s Digital Media Lab Committee, which oversees the 5th floor Lab and 2nd floor Digital Classroom. In 2010, he was invited as a Visiting Professor in Journalism and Communication at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China, where he taught "Introduction to Western Mass Media".
McNeill has produced documentaries for the State of Georgia and American Bar Association, the latter film winning the “Meritorious Service Award” from the ABA for its theme of mediation in criminal matters. He has also worked with the Commission on Civil Justice on a documentary focused on civil legal needs for the citizens of Georgia. The film, featuring ordinary citizens telling their stories, has been shown at various state-sponsored events, including the Supreme Court chambers in Atlanta.
He was previously an Instructor of Digital Media Production at The Art Institute of Atlanta and is the author of Digital Symbiosis: New Media in Transition (2010, National Social Science Press).