BS Visual Journalism
Greg A. Cooper earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Ventura Community College in 1991 and a BA from Western Kentucky University in 1996, double majoring in Photojournalism and Anthropology. While there, he served three internships, in Jackson, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; and Ventura, Calif.
He earned his MS in Photography at Brooks Institute in 2004. While studying at Brooks Institute, he did his master’s thesis on the future of digital photography at newspapers: “Still Photography at Newspapers: Its Uncertain Future as a Medium.” Greg was hooked by photojournalism in 1988 while attending classes at Ventura College.
During his time in junior college, Cooper worked as a staff photographer at his hometown newspaper, the Ojai Valley News. He spent the next eight years finishing an associate’s degree, traveling abroad, working in photo labs, and shooting – both as a freelancer and as a staff photographer.
After leaving Western Kentucky, Cooper joined the Ventura County Star, where he worked his way up to assistant picture editor. The Columbus Dispatch lured him away to become its Sunday picture editor. Most recently, Cooper has added video and Web design to his areas of expertise. A graduate of the Platypus Workshop and Apple certified in Final Cut Pro 7, Cooper continues to tell stories in a variety of media, including the iPhone®. In the fall of 2010, Cooper was the education fellow at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.
He has been teaching at Brooks Institute in the Visual Journalism program as a full-time faculty member since 2003.