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Celebrating I-Comm Week at USC

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

Politics is the story of the season – and it’s one of the hot topics on the agenda for the University of South Carolina’s annual I-Comm Week Oct. 8-11.

This is the eighth year the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies will host I-Comm Week, bringing leading communicators to campus to discuss topics ranging from political advertising campaigns to survival in the age of digital media.

Along with lectures covering topics such as how to create a graphic novel and best practices in the advertising field, this year’s I-Comm Week highlights feature an exhibit of Associated Press presidential photographs in the Thomas Cooper Library and the grand opening for the S.C. Center for Children’s Books and Literacy. Most events are free and open to the public.

The week spotlights the disciplines of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies’ two schools: Journalism and Mass Communications and Library and Information Science. Below is a schedule of I-Comm events open to the public. Details are available at

Monday, Oct. 8

• 10 a.m.-noon Robin Roberts, co-founder and president of National Media Group and USC alumnus, will present a talk “The Era of Big Data: 2012 Political Advertising Campaigns.” Russell House Theater

• Through Oct. 26, Associated Press presidential photo exhibit, Thomas Cooper Library

Tuesday, Oct. 9

• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. College of Mass Communications and Information Studies faculty and graduate students will discuss their work in universities in other countries. Gressette Room, Harper College

• 6-7:30 p.m. Corey Hutchins, a reporter for the Columbia “Free Times” and a blogger for “The Huffington Post,” and David Axe, a freelance writer and video journalist based in Columbia. The two will present a talk, “Comics, Politics and South Carolina: How We Turned Alvin Greene Into a Cartoon.” They will discuss how they created their graphic novel, “The Accidental Candidate” from the idea to publication. Gressette Room, Harper College

Wednesday, Oct. 10

• 10:10-11 a.m. Rob Wells, a lecturer and consultant for the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications and former deputy bureau chief of the Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal Washington bureau. He will discuss media coverage of Mitt Romney in his presentation, “Mitt Romney, Private Equity and the Robber Baron Myth: News Media, Business and the 2012 Campaign.” Carolina Coliseum, Room 1015

• 2:30-3:45 Chris Muldrow, chief digital officer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., and a 1995 journalism graduate of the USC Honors College. “Journalism, Business and Survival in the Age of Digital Media.” Public Health Research Center, Room 114

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. LISSA student organization’s panel, “Journey to Librarianship.” Joyce Durant, dean of the library and professor in the James A. Rogers Library at Francis Marion University, will speak. Davis College, Room 112

Thursday, Oct. 11

• 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Graduate student poster session and presentations. Gressette Room, Harper College

• 12:30-1:45 p.m. Greg Cordell, chief inspiration officer at the Brains on Fire agency in Greenville, will address best practices in the advertising field in his session, “Set Your Brain on Fire.” Public Health Research Center, Room 114

• 2-3:15 p.m. Charles “Bud” Ferillo, producer and director of “The Corridor of Shame” and 2012 Travelstead Award winner for courage in education. Carolina Coliseum, Room 3001

• 7 p.m. Denise McGill and Robin “Buz” Kloot. Screening of the documentary, “A Better Place: St. Helena, South Carolina” which addresses the clash of land conservation, traditional culture and modern development on the Lowcountry island. Public Health Research Center, Room 114

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Posted: 10/04/12 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 10/08/12 @ 12:56 PM | Permalink



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