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College of Information and Communications


Faculty and Staff

Ernest L. Wiggins

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
E-mail: wigginel@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-3325
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office:

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 309
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: Album Notes Project

Culture Chronicles


Purple Passion and the Press: An analysis of front page coverage in selected U.S. dailies of the death of Prince Rogers Nelson (pdf)

Truth and Journalism
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Education

B.A., Journalism, University of South Carolina
M.A., Journalism, University of South Carolina

Research

Ernest Wiggins' research interests include professional practices of the mass media, popular culture, community engagement and media criticism.

Teaching

Wiggins enjoy teaching across the journalism and mass communications curriculum. He is currently teaching Mass Media Criticism and Public Opinion and Persuasion and the Mass Media Writing courses. He has taught the survey of mass communications course, reporting and magazine writing, media ethics and in the print senior semester. He has taught special topics courses in alternative media, popular culture and the literary tradition of black journalists. He has received Mortar Board honors for excellence in teaching twice.

Recent Presentations

Wiggins, Ernest and Campbell, Kenneth. “(Un)Comfortable Contact? Viewing Race and Interaction in 25 years of Super Bowl Commercials through the Lens of Social Distance,” Berry et al. eds., Black Culture & Experience: Contemporary Issues. New York: Peter Lang, 2015.

Campbell, Kenneth and Wiggins, Ernest. "Walking a Tightrope:  Obama's duality as framed by selected African American columnists," Journalism Practice 9:2 (2015, 184-199.

Wiggins, “Present in the Forest,” State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2,  Edited by Aida Rogers, 125-127. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2015.

Service

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Association of University Professors

Society of Professional Journalists

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Online News Association

National Association of Black Journalists

American Society of Newspaper Editors

Personal

Wiggins enjoys film and music and art, hiking woods and urban landscapes, and driving along back roads.