Our Fresh Take Georgia Team

Gary Green, executive director, Center for Sustainable Journalism and executive editor, FTG

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Green is executive director for the Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ), publisher of the news sites Fresh Take Georgia, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), Youth Today, and the Bokeh Focus photography platform. He is a senior lecturer of communication at the Kennesaw State University (KSU) School of Communication and Media.

In August 2020, Green started the Fresh Take Georgia project as part of his vision to grow the Center for Sustainable Journalism and develop dynamic collaborations with funding partners, KSU’s journalism faculty and KSU students. He sees FTG filling critical gaps in the existing journalism landscape while offering students opportunities to expand their skills and abilities for the evolving journalism industry.

Green joined the CSJ in 2020 from the University of Florida (UF) where he served as digital director of the Innovation News Center and deputy news editor for WUFT News, the NPR and PBS affiliates for north-central Florida. Prior to UF, he worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer for newspapers and wire services in Ohio and Florida including the Akron Beacon Journal, Orlando Sentinel and Knight Ridder/McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

Green received a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida in Gainsville and his bachelor’s degree from the School of Visual Communications at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Read more about Green here.

Dr. Carolyn S. Carlson, managing editor, FTG

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Carlson is a retired Associate Professor of Communication and director of the KSU Journalism and Emerging Media. She was a reporter for 23 years with two newspapers and the Associated Press. She is a past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). She has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists National Freedom of Information Committee for 30 years and helped found the Georgia First Amendment Foundation 25 years ago. She is formerly chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee and its Diversity Committee.

Currently retired in Waynesville, NC, Carlson still teaches online journalism and media law courses for Kennesaw State University. She also is a consultant on public relations and journalism issues for several clients, including staff of the local newspaper, The Mountaineer. And she serves as secretary of the Property Owners Association of Utah Mountain Estates.

Carlson holds a doctorate in Political Science, with a focus on American Government and Political Communication, from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Her master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration is also from Georgia State University and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism is from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dr. Josh Azriel, podcast news editor, FTG

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Azriel is the Associate Director, Graduate Studies, and a Professor of Communication at the KSU School of Communication and Media.

Azriel holds a doctorate in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainsville, where he also earned his master’s degree in Political Science. His bachelor’s degree in Political Science is from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

He pursued his doctorate in Journalism and Communications because he was interested in studying media law, specifically how the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause applies to the Internet.

Dr. Burton Speakman, faculty advisor, FTG

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Speakman is an Associate Professor of Communication at the KSU School of Communication and Media.  

Speakman holds a doctorate in Journalism with a focus on Online and Community Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachlor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Kelly Audette, audience engagement lead, FTG

Audette is the audience engagement lead for FTG producing social media content, training audience engagement interns and publishing wire stories to FTG. She is also the social media producer for Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously she was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida managing a class of 32 students publishing social media and daily reporting content for WUFT-FM News.

Audette holds a  masters in Mass Communication from the University of Florida in Gainsville and a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Chelsey Tabakian Odom, business operations manager, Center for Sustainable Journalism

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Chelsey Tabakian Odom

Odom is business operations manager for the Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ), publisher of the news sites Fresh Take Georgia, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)Youth Today, and the Bokeh Focus photography platform. Starting as an intern at CSJ in 2015, Odom responibilities now include subscription sales, marketing, advertising, financials, strategic plannning and coordinating the CSJ intern program.

Odom holds a BBA in marketing from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, Georgia. Her Management Development Certificate is also from KSU.

Gwenette Writer Sinclair, web designer and producer, Center for Sustainable Journalism

Sinclair manages editorial and advertising content for all CSJ websites, including: Youth Today,  JJIE , Bokeh Focus Fresh Take Georgia, Bokeh Focus and digital magazine projects. She designs websites, maintains the websites’ hosting servers, writes content for the websites, trains WordPress editor interns and contributes to social media strategy. Sinclair also develops 3D immersive virtual experiences/events for Ph.D. candidates, universities and corporations (see CSJ’s virtual world project: VirtualWorld.jjie.org and Bokeh Focus: Our 3D Virtual Galleries). Her background includes teaching, corporate training, X Reality mixed media event production, video production, nonprofit administration, magazine/newspaper publishing, advertising sales and graphic design.


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 Journalist Fellows, FTG: Summer 2021

Adyson Harrah, reporter

Harrah graduated in May 2021 from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Emerging Media. He joined the FTG team as a journalist intern in the Spring of 2021. His focus at FTG is on gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a reporter in practice and producing content that is genuinely insightful and interesting for a real audience.

Allexa Ceballos, reporter

Ceballos graduated in May 2021 from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Emerging Media. She minored in Political Science. She joined the FTG team as a journalist intern in the Spring of 2021. Her personal goals during her FTG internship are focused on improving her reporting and news production skills on multiple platforms while gaining resume-worthy experience.

Journalist Interns, FTG: Summer 2021

Destiny Cook, reporter and audience engagement specialist

Cook joined the FTG team as a journalist intern in the Summer of 2021.

Jeremy Kariuki, reporter

Kariuki is a senior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Journalism and Emerging Media with a minor in Professional Writing. He joined the FTG team as a journalist intern in the Spring of 2021. His personal goals during his FTG internship are focused on gaining positive work experience in journalism and podcasting and to expanding his professional network.