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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Van Kornegay

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-6147
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 332
Columbia, SC 29208
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B.S., Health Education, University of South Carolina
M.M.C., University of South Carolina


Van Kornegay is an associate professor. He teaches visual communications courses that include graphics, web design and drone-based photography and videography. He was one of the founding members of the visual communications major.


Kornegay has worked in graphics and photojournalism for news organizations such as the Associated Press and conducted journalism workshops for the European Union in Kosovo, the World Association of Newspapers in Paris, France and the International Media Fund in Albania. He helped establish some of the first free press newspapers in post Communist Albania while working for the International Media Fund. He also worked as a freelance journalist and as a public affairs officer for the international relief agency Samaritan’s Purse in Albania and in Kosovo in the wake of the NATO conflict with Serbia in 1999.


Kornegay's research and creative activity has focused on visual communications and international journalism. He regularly contributes stories and photo essays to Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, and his academic publication credits include articles in Journalism Educator, Nieman Reports at Harvard University, Public Relations Journal, American Journalism Review, The Information Society, a book chapter in Understanding Media Convergence and in the textbook Creative Strategies in Advertising.

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