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Alumni Spotlight: Lara Zwiebel

Landing a job in New York City is a dream for many students and a dream-come-true for class of 2021 advertising alumna Lara Zwiebel.

Former television anchor now sparks love of nature for children

It’s been a long road from journalism to children’s books for Angela McCurry May, an alumna of the College of Information and Communications. She always planned to report the news — and she has. Now, she is also making the news as a New York Times bestselling children’s book co-author.

Royal Roots: Former Miss Gamecock competes for Miss USA Crown

School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate and former Miss Gamecock, Meera Bhonslé will compete for the title of Miss USA on Oct. 3.

News interns expand horizons

Meet two journalism students — master's student Lauren Pringle and junior Caleb Bozard — who interned at the Times and Democrat this summer.

Advertising professor studies connection between emotions, media messages

In an era when facts are discounted while highly improbable information is accepted as gospel, Taylor Wen is looking at how our emotions affect the way we process communication.

Ken Baldwin: A tribute

Kenneth W. Baldwin Jr., one of the most dedicated benefactors of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died Monday at the age of 96.

CreateAthon@UofSC seeking nonprofits in need of marketing communications

The University of South Carolina is accepting applications from area nonprofits for the annual CreateAthon@UofSC, scheduled for Nov. 4 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Selected nonprofits receive free communication materials including websites, brochures, letterheads, business cards, logos, posters, press releases and more.

Students learn to find the human experience in business journalism

The Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Initiative is changing the mold, encouraging students to embrace a form of business journalism that goes beyond the numbers. Just in its fourth year, this program has evolved quickly and led two journalism students, Connor Hart and Emma Dooling, to win multiple awards.

How to brainstorm brilliant ideas in teams - without sliding into 'group think'

Sharing ideas can get messy when colleagues don't understand or support novel concepts - or if they shut them down altogether. Visual communications professor Sabrina Habib writes for The Conversation on concrete ways to facilitate idea generation, both individually and in groups.

Countries with lower-than-expected vaccination rates show unusually negative attitudes to vaccines on Twitter

Journalism and mass communications professor Jungmi Jun writes for The Conversation on the influence emotions toward vaccines may have on whether a person decides to get a COVID-19 vaccination or not.

Two UofSC alumni part of Pulitzer-winning journalism teams

University of South Carolina alumni Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post and Win McNamee of Getty Images are both part of teams that were awarded Pulitzer Prizes in journalism on May 9.

Photojournalist alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize

In his nearly 40-year career as a photojournalist, Win McNamee has documented world history and national calamity — and periodically found himself in the thick of the action.

No better time

“I’ve leaned over students’ shoulders or sat side-by-side to deconstruct ledes, add context, debate bias, ponder impact,” says retiring Senior Semester instructor Carolyn Click. “It is alternately tedious and exhilarating, this business of deploying the English language to explain, with authority, what’s going on in our corner of the world. I hope I made some small difference.”

SJMC presents honors and awards to outstanding students

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized and awarded for their involvement and academic achievements at an awards reception Thursday, April 21.

Why not? What if?

Romance, historical fiction, sci-fi — for young adult novelist and public relations alumna Shanna Miles, it’s all fair game. It’s also rocket fuel for the imagination, whether she’s typing up the next interstellar adventure or turning kids on to reading and writing as a virtual school librarian.

‘I wanted a professor like me’ – a hip-hop artist explains his turn to academia

Jabari Evans studies the messages that media produce about the representation of race and how that can impact marginalized groups, particularly the Black community. Check out his interview with The Conversation.

Multimedia journalism students win 14 awards from the SCPA

Carolina News & Reporter multimedia students won 14 awards, including seven first-place awards, in the 2021 South Carolina Press Association collegiate competition. The student winners took the Senior Semester capstone course in the spring or fall of 2021. 

Roads not taken

Diplomat Lee Satterfield, journalism '89, missed her first stop but ended up just where she wanted.

'Good Morning America,' Gamecock edition

This week, three University of South Carolina broadcast alumni came home as part of the Good Morning America takeover at Colonial Life Arena.

Isabelle and I

Dean Emeritus Charles Bierbauer, a former Moscow correspondent for ABC News, has been watching the war in Ukraine unfold through the eyes of journalist and SJMC alumna Isabelle Khurshudyan. He discusses how war reporting has evolved since the 70s and the threats journalists today still face.

UofSC PRSSA chapter to host 2022 Southeast District Conference

The University of South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will host the organization's 2022 Southeast District Conference: Eyes on the Prize Feb. 25-26 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with featured speakers from the White House and business.

Career Month Spotlight: Kerry Moore

"Offer Accepted. Resignation Submitted. Ready to Share the Most Exciting News EVER." As part of February Career Month, Kerry Moore shares her first person account of a recent career change.

Advertising students name best Super Bowl commercial in Super Ad Poll

The winning commercial ends with the witty yet memorable question: “Who knew America would tear itself apart over a relatively minor difference of opinion?”

Social justice award winners work hard for diversity, equity, inclusion

Broadcast journalism major Courtney McClain and two faculty members have been recognized for their work on campus and in the larger community as 2022 Social Justice Award winners.

Alumna’s passion for storytelling leads to prestigious fellowship

From growing up listening to NPR podcasts to now being an NPR Kroc Fellow, mass communications alumna Taylor Jennings-Brown has turned her passion for storytelling into a career.

 

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