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Spring Break

Why should students have all the fun of spring break? I’m going to join them. Cancun? Key West? Cabo? No, none of those trite destinations.

My Media & Politics class is headed to the nation’s capital this weekend for five days of inside politics. Yes, that was part of the deal when the 15 students signed up for the course. We’ll hit all the five-star destinations — the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the White House. But we’ll be talking with members of Congress, one of the justices, the president’s spokesman, political reporters and columnists. Some of them are our Gamecock alumni. There’s hardly been a better year to examine the nexus of the press and the pols than 2012 is affording us. The students and I have been sharing our experience at http://uscmediapolitics.com/wordpress/ and will have more to tell from Washington.

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Beyond the classroom experiences are a vital part of a student’s education here at USC. We are purposefully working to expand those opportunities. Fortunately, my Rolodex still opens a few doors in DC. Other faculty members are creating similar experiences. Lisa Sisk and John Besley lead a public relations Maymester trip to Atlanta where they meet a panoply of PR professionals. Similarly, Karen Mallia’s Maymester students will encounter key advertising executives in New York. Andrea Tanner and Scott Farrand lead this year’s iteration of our popular Multimedia Munich Maymester. In our School of Library and Information Science, Kendra Albright is crafting a Great Libraries tour for Paris, Rome or both for Maymester 2013 that may have seats for alumni.

creThe university encourages all students to expand their horizons, but they need not be as distant. We are working with news organizations to place our journalism students at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September. And, of course, our most visible outreach is Cocky’s Reading Express™ which has enabled hundreds of USC students to share the exhilaration of helping children learn to read. Cocky and our students have now reached 33 of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Check out Cocky’s new wheels at http://www.libsci.sc.edu/news/Spring12/cre_bus_gift.htm

We’re always open for cool ideas that will enhance our students’ experience. And hot places to go.

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Alumni News

J-school Alums Earn The McClatchy Company’s Top Award

Gina SmithGina Smith, MA ‘00, and Wayne Washington, journalism ‘89, have been recognized for their investigative reporting with The State newspaper by being named recipients of The McClatchy Company’s President's Award for journalism excellence. In selecting Smith and Washington, The McClatchy Co., corporate parent of The State, cited the journalists’ use of material gathered through Freedom of Information laws for stories on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the University of South Carolina.

Smith and Washington, who recently left The State to join the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, were among a group of honorees at 10 McClatchy publications who received the company’s top honor.

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Public Relations Alumna Featured in WACH Fox News Report

Bianca Crawford, public relations ’03, is featured in a WACH Fox News report that explores the benefits young professionals experience by staying in the Midlands area following graduation rather than relocating to other Southern cities.

Since graduating from USC, Crawford has held positions ranging from mortgage loan officer at a South Carolina-based bank to promotions director for a local television station before launching her own company Red Carpet Communications. She is involved with a number of Columbia organizations including the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board and the Columbia Development Corporation.  


College News

McNeely Featured in C-Span Interview

Journalism Professor Emerita Pat McNeely is featured in a C-Span BOOKTV interview describing the book she coauthored with J-school alumna Dr. Debbie Van Tuyll, ’00 Ph.D., and former faculty member Hank Shulte.

Published in December 2010, Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting offers a unique assessment of war correspondence in Southern newspapers during the American Civil War.

Knights of the Quill was a Tankard Book Award Finalist, and the coauthors were recognized for excellence in research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in St. Louis, Mo., in August.

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Student News

Advertising Senior Earns AAF’s Minority Award

Radiance BasdenAdvertising senior Radiance Basden is a recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s Home Depot Most Promising Minority Student scholarship. Basden, a Greensboro, N.C., native who is a member of USC’s track and field team, was one of 14 scholarship recipients honored on Feb. 2 in New York.

The AAF's Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism awards the $5,000 scholarships to deserving minority students majoring in advertising, marketing or communications. A USC student has been selected to receive the national honor every year since the award's inception in 1997.


Journalism Seniors Land High-Profile Internships

Dawsey and QuinnTwo senior journalism students will hold post-graduation internships this summer with high-profile news organizations.

Josh Dawsey of Galivants Ferry, S.C., will move to Boston to intern on the metro desk of The Boston Globe, while Ryan Quinn of Charleston, S.C., will head south for a copy editing internship at the New York Times Editing Center in Gainesville, Fla. Quinn’s internship is through the Dow Jones News Fund Copy Editing program.

Both Dawsey and Quinn have held editorial positions at USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Dawsey was the paper’s editor-in-chief while Quinn served as news editor.


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May Carolina Alumni Weekend is a Carolina springtime tradition that offers innovative and relevant exhibits, lectures, tours and receptions. Make plans to join us and let the natural beauty of the University of South Carolina campus inspire you this spring! For more information, contact Jane Lavender at janel@carolinaalumni.org or 803-777-4112



Johnson Aims for ALA Leadership Role through Emerging Leaders Program

By Joshua Joiner, SJMC Graduate Student

Crystal Johnson hopes to one day hold a leadership position within the American Library Association. She’s currently taking a step toward achieving that goal by participating in the organization’s 2012 Emerging Leader in the American Library Association program.

Crystal JohnsonJohnson, ‘05 MLIS, who currently serves as an information services librarian for the Richland County Public Library System, was one of 77 ALA members from across the country chosen to participate in the organization’s six-month leadership development program. Now in its sixth year, the program enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

“The Emerging Leaders program is something I’ve been interested in for a long time and it’s really a great opportunity for me,” Johnson said in a telephone interview. “It’s a process to educate people who are working in the library field and make them aware of the opportunity to be leaders in ALA. It’s like a head start in learning how the organization works. It sort of opens the door to moving into a leadership role in the future.”

This year’s program kicked off during January’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas, where participants were divided into groups and tasked with exploring various organizational topics. Through an online learning and networking environment, the groups are currently working together to research and develop opportunities for organization improvement. The participants will present their studies at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Johnson, who has been an ALA member for six years, already serves in a leadership role with South Carolina’s ALA state chapter as the treasurer of the South Carolina Library Association.

“I have some exposure to working in a statewide organization, and I was really interested in seeing how the next level worked with the national organization,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of great benefits from being involved. The ALA is great for networking, and you learn about all the cutting-edge trends in library science and librarianship. There are always opportunities to learn, and that’s really why I feel like being involved in the organization is a great opportunity for me.”

Originally from Chesapeake, Va., Johnson attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree before moving to Columbia to pursue her Master of Library Science at USC where she was a recipient of the Cooper-Davis Fellowship.


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