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
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.
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.
The 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.
J-school Alums Earn The McClatchy Company’s
Gina 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
Public Relations Alumna Featured in WACH
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
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
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.
Advertising 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
Journalism Seniors Land High-Profile Internships
Two 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.
May Carolina Alumni Weekend
University of South Carolina campus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-777-4112
Johnson Aims for ALA Leadership Role through Emerging Leaders
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.
Johnson, ‘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.