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Dr. Rick Kenney

Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism & Media
Horizon Faculty Adviser

Crestview Hall 038
Phone: (812) 941-2669


Kenney is a former journalist and professor who has worked at 11 daily newspapers (including the Baltimore Evening Sun, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and St. Petersburg Times) and who has taught at 10 colleges and universities (including USF, UCF, and Hampton).

He has advised five student newspapers (including the Red & Black at Georgia and the Future at UCF).

He also directed a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Center for Editing Excellence for seven years and wrote the corporate history of the Fund. He was named a Poynter Institute Ethics Fellow in 2003. 

His academic research focuses on media ethics and on Japanese culture and philosophy. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of Georgia, Athens, U.S.
    • Doctorate of Philosophy
  • Masters

    • University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, U.S.
    • Master of Arts
  • Bachelors

    • Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va., U.S.
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in English

Professional Interests


Journalism skills, law, and ethics.


Media ethics; Japanese culture and philosophy; Negro leagues baseball

Teaching Resource Websites


Journal Articles

  • Kenney, R., & Akita, K.. (2018). Made in Japan: Connecting the dots through contemporary Communitarianism’s intellectual history. Journal of Media Ethics, 33 (4), 170-180.


Baseball and Disney