SCNG teams up with USC School of Journalism
Members of the South Carolina National Guard public-affairs staff have teamed up with the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina to offer a course, “Media & Military.” The class is in its second year.
The class is directed by Dr. Miron Varouhakis, a visiting professor in the USC journalism school and former Associated Press foreign correspondent, who covered the 2003 Iraq War as an embedded reporter. Varouhakis worked with the SCNG public-affairs staff to create the material for the class two years ago.
"Students in the 'Media & Military' class have a unique opportunity to learn about the structure and culture of the military, military public affairs and much more through a series of guest lectures by South Carolina National Guard public-affairs officers and with visits to military bases,” said Varouhakis.
National Guard public-affairs officers guest-lecture in many of the classes, drawing on their experiences as deployed PAOs from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Air Force Mortuary at Dover AFB, Del., and from their many experiences managing day-to-day public affairs for the guard. The guard PAOs also mentor students on a major military-themed end-of-course project.
"This was a very interesting class that taught me a lot about the military," wrote a student from the Spring 2010 class. "It made me change my perspective of the military and the people in it."
Another student said, "the resources provided to the course are outstanding; students are truly able to experience situations that are not readily available to anyone else."