Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson owns Campus News and has recently begun -30- WIRE. He is also a Visiting Instructor for Communications at College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He was previously Assistant Dean of Planning, Accountability and Advancement at Schenectady County Community College and headed their Communications effort, among other responsibilities.

Before that, he was Media Relations Manager for Stony Brook University and Director of Public Relations for Long Island University, where his thousands of PR placements landed everywhere from People Magazine and “The Today Show” to “The NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” and on the cover of The New York Times.

He is a rebranding specialist, having led efforts to create vibrant presences for SCCC, the new Touro Law School and the new Stony Brook Southampton campuses.

He has a B.A. in English and Writing and an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature from Southampton College and has taught Writing and Journalism extensively at the four-year and community college levels. He has also taught layout design and HTML and hand-coded several large, institutional web sites.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaagsaaaajgi5otcxmdc4ltllytgtngu1mi1hyme1lwflmdjin2m3owflngHe has managed major mass media buys, from storyboard to air, with hundreds of thousands of spots placed on major cable TV, regional radio and network TV, the Internet, billboards, print publications and more.

He has led various crisis communications efforts as a Public Information Officer. His training includes several National Incident Management System and related safety certifications.

Too, he served SCCC as Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and organized and wrote successful accreditation reports, including a recent Periodic Review Report.

He has a decade of newsroom experience and was a New York Press Association “Writer of the Year” for The Sag Harbor Express, where he authored approximately 1000 articles. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The American and a host of other publications.

As a Faculty Adviser, he ran the student newspaper at Suffolk County Community College, leading the paper to the most Newsday Awards for any college on Long Island one year, and was given a Leadership Award, as voted upon by students, two years in a row at Stony Brook Southampton, where he led student media efforts. His independent Community College Campus News student paper, started in January 2010, hits 37 colleges in the Northeast. Its online presence, Campus News, gets hundreds of hits a day.

Need help with your media, writing or marketing efforts? Contact Darren Johnson at 518-879-0965 or darren@twinforks.com.