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Lecturer III



Carol McGinnis joined CMU’s journalism department in January 2008. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in journalism and public relations; she teaches a variety of courses, including those that focus on writing, public relations and multimedia journalism. Her articles have been published in nearly 50 newspapers and magazines, including the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Home Health Journal, Michigan Business and the Saginaw News. McGinnis also has written four reference books about family history research, published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. Her interest in digital media dates back to the mid-1990s when she had the opportunity to manage the earliest versions of CMU’s website on behalf of the university’s public relations office. She has made presentations about topics related to digital media at regional conferences of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the 8th Annual Conference on Convergence and Society and the Association of Internet Researchers’ Second International Conference. McGinnis co-authored a book chapter about the status of blogging in Ireland (with colleague Dr. Lori F. Brost), which was published in Blogging in the Global Society: Cultural, Political and Geographical Aspects (IGI Global, 2012).​ McGinnis previously taught business communication in CMU’s College of Business Administration. In addition to teaching on CMU’s main campus in Mount Pleasant, McGinnis also teaches online courses for CMU’s Global Campus.

Her advice to students: “Explore your interests and be open to opportunities. Sometimes your career path will take you places you never expected to go.”


Recent Scholarships

“Michigan’s Community Newspapers: Surviving and Thriving in a Challenging Economy,” Eighth Annual Conference on Convergence and Society: The Changing Media Landscape, University of Nevada, Reno, November 2009 

“Content Syndication: An Old Media Concept Moves to the Web”
The Association of Internet Researchers Second International Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, October 2001 ​

“Automatic Transmission? Translating Printed Pieces Into Web Documents”
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District 5 Conference, Chicago, December 1996 

MA: 2002, Saginaw Valley University
BA: 1977, Central Michigan University
• Gamification in Education
• Video Game Effects
• Video Game Journalism

Courses Taught

• Writing for Mass Media