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College of Information and Communications


February 2018

FROM THE DIRECTOR . . .

What's new at the SJMC?

Happy 2018 CIC friends and alums,

As we reach the midpoint of the academic year at the University of South Carolina, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you up-to-date on what’s happening in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It’s been an exciting year so far and 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for the school.

Record Enrollment

Enrollment in our undergraduate program reached a record high of 1,700 students in fall 2017. Outstanding faculty, an award-winning student services staff, nationally recognized programs and our state-of-the-art building in the heart of the UofSC campus can be credited with this enrollment boom. The SJMC is fast becoming a “destination” school on our campus. As we grow, we will continue to provide an outstanding education focused on integrative and experiential learning opportunities and to recruit the best students to our school.  

Focus on Diversity

We are campus leaders in the area of diversity and inclusiveness. The school is dedicated to innovative and ongoing efforts to recruit a diverse array of outstanding faculty, staff and students to our school and to prepare students for an increasingly multicultural workplace. This academic year we admitted our first Media Diversity Scholars, comprised of incoming freshmen from diverse backgrounds who are strong academically and have a passion for journalism and mass communications. The SJMC is one of the nation’s leading contributors to the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Most Promising Multicultural Student competition, with two SJMC students receiving this national recognition in spring 2018. Dr. Kenneth Campbell, as associate professor and head of the mass communications sequence, won the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Faculty Award. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of Dr. King through community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.

Around the World

You will find our faculty and students across the United States and around the world presenting ground-breaking research and participating in service-learning and immersive study-away experiences. Faculty members and graduate students picked up a dozen awards for their research at a national mass communications conference in Chicago, and others will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, this spring to present research to an international audience. Faculty and students will represent UofSC in March at this year’s South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas — a conference focused on the latest trends in technology and communication. This summer, our classrooms will expand to Atlanta, New York, Europe, Africa, Cuba and the Galapagos Islands as faculty and students connect with industry leaders and participate in meaningful, multimedia service projects.

Annual Baldwin Lecture

Finally, I hope you will join us for the 2018 Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture on Feb. 28. Valerie Bauerlein, a national reporter with the Wall Street Journal, will be this year’s speaker. Begun in 2015 through a generous contribution from alumnus Ken Baldwin (’49), the lecture series brings accomplished business and financial journalists to the university to share their expertise.

The faculty, staff and students of the SJMC would love to see you at the lecture or at any other time during the year. Stop by our building on the corner of Greene and Sumter, say hello and take a tour of our wonderful facility. You will find us proudly educating the communication innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

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Andrea Tanner


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