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Former broadcast student-athlete lands NFL opportunity

Former broadcast student-athlete lands NFL opportunity

Caroline Cann was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of two different Gamecocks athletics teams, but it was the resources available through the University of South Carolina that helped put her on the path to living her professional dreams as a sports broadcaster.

Holmes named as 2016 Lifetime Achievement winner

Holmes named as 2016 Lifetime Achievement winner

Professor Cecile Holmes is recognized by the Religion News Association for her exceptional long-term commitment and service to the RNA and its members, and to the field of religion reporting.

MLIS student named Diversity Scholar

MLIS student named Diversity Scholar

Maria Rios described librarians as being "magic" in her application for this honor. But the opportunities and funding she will receive from winning the award will not disappear.

Library of Congress awards major grant to library school

Library of Congress awards major grant to library school

The Charleston church shooting was the catalyst for this grant application designed to educate South Carolina teachers and librarians about primary sources available through the Library of Congress, including civil rights resources, and how to effectively use them in libraries and classrooms.

August eNews

August eNews

Dr. David Lankes has joined the college as director of the School of Library and Information Science. Read about his vision for the school’s future. Also in this issue: Cocky’s Reading Express says thank you; Mentor Match registration has begun; SLIS has received a prestigious grant from the Library of Congress; and research papers from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ graduate students and faculty have been recognized nationally.

PR Prose: Pseudo-events pay dividends from Cleopatra to Chipotle

PR Prose: Pseudo-events pay dividends from Cleopatra to Chipotle

Convention season is just one example of the value of pseudo-events when they are used in carefully planned and controlled ways.

This is what a maker space looks like

This is what a maker space looks like

Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang's standing-room-only presentation to the American Library Association Annual Conference provided a lively look at maker spaces - an emerging movement in library programming.

July eNews

July eNews

Supporters are chipping in to help Cocky’s Reading Express improve childhood literacy in South Carolina. Find out how you can join the crowd. Also in this issue: The college welcomes Dr. David Lankes; high school journalists get a crash course in reporting; and a former student wins big at the Emmy awards.

Alumni Spotlight: Karen McMullen

Alumni Spotlight: Karen McMullen

Karen McMullen is a 1994 MLIS graduate. In addition to working as head of access services for the USC School of Medicine Library, Karen also finds time to make a difference in her community.

Welcome to SLIS: Dr. David Lankes

Welcome to SLIS: Dr. David Lankes

After almost 30 years at Syracuse University, writing over 40 book chapters and journal articles, Dr. R. David Lankes is joining the University of South Carolina as director of the School of Library and Information Science.

Former student wins Southeast Emmy

Former student wins Southeast Emmy

Madisyn Kellough, a 2015 broadcast journalism alumna, won a Southeast Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a feature package she created during her senior semester capstone course.

PR Prose: Is PR ethical? Only when its practitioners are

PR Prose: Is PR ethical? Only when its practitioners are

If power is inherently evil, does that mean that public relations itself is an unethical practice? Not if PR practitioners are trained in ethical thinking.

Baldwin workshop: a crash course for budding reporters

Baldwin workshop: a crash course for budding reporters

While many students see June as a time to unwind, 12 high school journalists spent their time learning the ins and outs of business and investigative reporting.

Atlanta attraction

Atlanta attraction

Alumni in Atlanta still bleed garnet & black. And they still support their school by active involvement with undergraduate and graduate students who come their way.

Broadcast journalism student puts disability access center stage

Broadcast journalism student puts disability access center stage

Broadcast journalism major Sophie Keyes will place the public need for greater disability access center stage when she competes in the Miss South Carolina pageant in late June.

Lights, camera, audio

Lights, camera, audio

The tradition of the USC football team entering to "2001" works successfully in part to School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate Mark Slice, the associate director of live operations and engineering for USC athletics.

Student association receives top national honor in back-to-back years

Student association receives top national honor in back-to-back years

The USC Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) chapter has been named the American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row.

June eNews

June eNews

Did you learn to love reading as a child? Find out how you can share that experience with other South Carolina children through the Cocky’s Reading Express crowdfunding campaign. Also in this issue: Maymester classes take students around the world; the college is seeking two new staffers; and a journalism alumnus has been named dean at the University of Oregon.

Alumni Spotlight: Joy Callaway

Alumni Spotlight: Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway is a 2009 MMC graduate. Her novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, was recently published by HarperCollins. See how her experience at the CIC has shaped her career today.

Congratulations to our May 2016 graduates

Congratulations to our May 2016 graduates

Bachelors. Masters. Ph.D. Undergraduates. Graduates. 300 of our students completed their programs of study and earned their diplomas at May graduation.

Big Mo, Big Data

Big Mo, Big Data

Dr. S. Mo Jang studies social media, especially Twitter, to determine whether it can be used to reflect public opinion on controversial issues such as gay rights and climate change.

Maymester classes take students around the world

Maymester classes take students around the world

Oman. Munich. 34 students and 3 faculty treked the globe through a whirlwind exploration of local culture, media practices and discovery of one-of-a-kind stories.

New Books for Young Readers

New Books for Young Readers

If there is a young reader in your life, the Young Palmetto Books series from the University of South Carolina Press offers unique books that combine entertainment and education in beautifully illustrated volumes.

Leaving a Leagacy

Leaving a Leagacy

One has handed out his final "I survived Jay Bender’s Media Law class.” coffee mugs. The other is already on a golf course somewhere. Both Bender and Tom Klipstine have retired from the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

College searching for new Assistant Director of Development

College searching for new Assistant Director of Development

The College of Information and Communications is now searching for a new Assistant Director of Development.

Classroom not needed

Classroom not needed

Obtaining a master's degree in the library field is a possibility for non-traditional students because of the distributed learning system at USC's School of Library and Information Science.

Off to Oman

Off to Oman

Fourteen USC students and two faculty are in Oman during Maymester on the Media and the Mideast course. USC has a large number of Omanis as part of its international student body, but this is the first study abroad group to ever go to Oman from USC.

Free to Be

Free to Be

Vicky Free's office at BET Networks offers an enviable view of Midtown Manhattan, but the Spartanburg native and 1992 journalism graduate didn't come to New York to enjoy the view. As the international media company's executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer, she's there to do business and get things done.

Alumnus named dean at University of Oregon

Alumnus named dean at University of Oregon

Juan-Carlos Molleda is among an increasing number of SJMC graduates who have landed significant administrative roles at leading universities across the United States.

Final bow: Female Cocky graduating in style

Final bow: Female Cocky graduating in style

For Cocky’s Reading Express, a statewide children’s literacy program, there has been a female inhabiting the mascot suit for the very first time.

Symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Jane O'Boyle and Mark Tatge were honored for research and teaching during the annual School of Journalism and Mass Communications doctoral symposium.

PR Prose: Cleopatra: The queen of public relations?

PR Prose: Cleopatra: The queen of public relations?

What comes to mind when you think of her? Beautiful seductress? Maybe. What about public diplomat, researcher, trail-blazing feminist, and public relations pioneer? Also true.

Kawooya awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Kawooya awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Library and information science professor Dick Kawooya will spend two months in Uganda this summer working on a different kind of online academic program - one which includes development of a Web-based master's program in agricultural information and communication management.

May eNews

May eNews

Dean Bierbauer is half a world away conducting investigative reporting workshops in the Baltics. Read more about the work his team is doing overseas. Plus, get the recap from “Hats Off to Pat,” watch T-Mobile’s executives accept the coveted Cocky Award, and see which students took home awards at the end of the semester.

T-Mobile executives come to campus, claim Cocky Award

T-Mobile executives come to campus, claim Cocky Award

The Super Bowl of Advertising class had three special visitors in class: Cocky was there with trophy in hand for T-Mobile execs Peter DeLuca and Andrew Christou, recipients of the coveted award for best Super Bowl 50 commercial.

Outstanding students recognized at awards ceremony

Outstanding students recognized at awards ceremony

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored students for outstanding leadership, academic performance and creativity at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Pat Feehan feted at annual lecture

Pat Feehan feted at annual lecture

It was not your typical Deans' and Directors' lecture. Awards were given out, but there was also singing, dancing and puppets. Laughter and tears. It was a retirement celebration for Dr. Pat.

Student's circuitous career path leads to prestigious internship

Student's circuitous career path leads to prestigious internship

Emily Avery said that pursuing library science as a career was a "left turn in life." And this rerouting of her life was prompted by the simple, but oft-asked question, "What would you really like to do with the rest of your life?"

Student wins top honor at Graduate Student Day

Student wins top honor at Graduate Student Day

Jo-Yun "Queenie" Li took top honors at USC's 2016 Graduate Student Day for her oral research presentation “When Colleges Fail Us All: Campus Sexual Assault: Formative Survey Research on College Student Perceptions, Attribution of Responsibility, and Preventive Behaviors."

SJMC student work stands out in competitions

SJMC student work stands out in competitions

Journalism students captured 13 awards in the 2015 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate News Contest and claimed 10 awards as winners and finalists in the Region 3 Mark of Excellence contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.

T-Mobile advertising execs to claim the 2016 Cocky Award

T-Mobile advertising execs to claim the 2016 Cocky Award

The Cocky Award has become a coveted recognition for ad agencies. This year's winning team will travel to campus to claim the prize and discuss the making of the commercial.

April eNews

April eNews

The Spring semester is winding down, and three beloved professors are marking the end of their careers. Plus, meet the new faces at the college, get the scoop on the 2016 CreateAthon@USC, and read how a group of donors is helping to plan for the college's future.

CreateAthon@USC seeking nonprofits in need of marketing communications

CreateAthon@USC seeking nonprofits in need of marketing communications

If your nonprofit needs help - a website, brochure, business cards, logos or any kind of marketing communication materials - you can apply now to be helped by USC students and mentors who want to give of their talents and time to help you advance your mission.

Class projects impact children and communities across the state

Class projects impact children and communities across the state

In a world where almost everything has gone digital and where 'flipping a page' more often than not means 'swiping a screen,' Dr. Michelle Martin ardently spreads the message that a printed book is still a valuable resource.

Jay Bender presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Bender presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

He's the soon-to-be-retired bow-tied mass communications law and ethics professor with many accolades. But this honor is for his 30-years representing the state's newspapers and press association.

New director of library school named

New director of library school named

Dr. David Lankes, author, researcher and passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today's society is the next director of the School of Library and Information Science.

Pr Prose: Public relations professionals should prepare to tackle nanotechnology

Pr Prose: Public relations professionals should prepare to tackle nanotechnology

Dr. Shannon Bowen says nanotechnology should not be avoided just because the social and ethical issues surrounding it are complicated.

'Spotlight' journalist calls for return of investigative reporting

'Spotlight' journalist calls for return of investigative reporting

At the Buchheit Family Lecture, journalist Walter "Robby" Robinson, portrayed by actor Michael Keaton in the Academy Award winning film ‘Spotlight,' discussed the vital role investigative reporting must continue to play in journalism.

Hats off to Pat

Hats off to Pat

The School of Library and Information Science will hold its annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Thursday, April 14. But don't expect a traditional lecture as this year's program will include a retirement celebration for Dr. Pat Feehan.

Alumni spotlight: College Guardian Society members

Alumni spotlight: College Guardian Society members

Cameron and Anna Fox Burnette received much more than an education from the University of South Carolina. The couple, who recently welcomed their second daughter, credit the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for bringing them together. Read their story and the stories of three other Guardian Society members.

Alumna lands leading role on network news

Alumna lands leading role on network news

Millions of Americans are getting to know a School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna in a new way - as the co-host of "Fox & Friends," one of cable news' highest-rated morning programs.

Interns get real-world experience on national stage

Interns get real-world experience on national stage

Jill Goodtree, Olivia Currey and Richard Lipkin are interns for the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. The three public relations majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications had the opportunity to work for CNN during the television network’s two “town hall” events at the UofSC law school.

March eNews

March eNews

The South Carolina primaries might be over, but the lessons learned are still resonating with the CIC’s 32 student reporters. Plus, mark your calendar for several big events on the horizon, including a lecture from a figure in the Oscar Award-winning Best Picture “Spotlight,” and a celebration for SLIS professor Pat Feehan.

USC students use pets, PR to make military veterans feel welcome

USC students use pets, PR to make military veterans feel welcome

Student veterans at the University of South Carolina got some much deserved attention Monday with the help of some furry friends. The school's Student Veterans Association teamed up with a group of public relations students to host "Vets and Pets."

Cameron Kirksey named one of the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation

Cameron Kirksey named one of the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation

This public relations senior joined an elite class of students in advertising and marketing related majors who are "destined for great things."

Professor Michelle Martin Offers “African American’s Children Literature as a Genre of Resistance”

Professor Michelle Martin Offers “African American’s Children Literature as a Genre of Resistance”

Dr. Martin delivered pointed and eloquent remarks at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. She began by playing a tinny recording of two people merrily singing a nursery rhyme tittering about the annihilation of black children.

Boston Globe Editor at Large Walter

Boston Globe Editor at Large Walter "Robby" Robinson to discuss "Spotlight" and the future of investigative reporting

Robby Robinson, a central figure in the award-winning movie "Spotlight," is the speaker for the Buchheit Family Lecture. His topic: "Investigative Reporting: How Hollywood Came to Celebrate What Newsrooms Believe is No Longer Worth the Cost."

Students get a front row seat to history during presidential campaign year

Students get a front row seat to history during presidential campaign year

Armed with media credentials, 32 USC multimedia students report alongside veteran journalists from CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Former professor and interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications dies

Former professor and interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications dies

Dr. Tom Weir, an award-winning and compassionate professor and colleague, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.

February Alumni Spotlight: Falling in love with your school library

February Alumni Spotlight: Falling in love with your school library

Cathy Jo Nelson's school activities during the month of February include a blind date with a book.

Alumnus was face of the flood for SC

Alumnus was face of the flood for SC

If Derrec Becker looks familiar, perhaps it’s because you saw a lot of him during news coverage of the flooding that inundated the Palmetto State in October.

The roles of public libraries during natural disasters

The roles of public libraries during natural disasters

Public libraries can be critical to prepare for natural disasters, and three researchers from the School of Library and Information Science have set out to see how.

PR Prose: Neuroethics, public relations, and the need for answers

PR Prose: Neuroethics, public relations, and the need for answers

New technologies present ethical questions that the public relations industry must be ready to face - and explain to others.

It's official: T-Mobile wins the Cocky Award

It's official: T-Mobile wins the Cocky Award

The votes are in! Steve Harvey turned his Miss Universe announcement blunder into a winning Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile.

Q&A with advertising professor Bonnie Drewniany

Q&A with advertising professor Bonnie Drewniany

The class meets to watch the Super Bowl, but the focus for those in attendance will not be the football game, but rather the advertisements in between the plays.

February eNews

February eNews

The J-school has more to brag about than just windows. Read the big news about our LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Plus, find out how you can help SLIS with flooding research and get the latest news on Reading Rooster book recommendations.

Charles Lewis to discuss the role of money in presidential campaigns

Charles Lewis to discuss the role of money in presidential campaigns

Journalist and educator Charles Lewis is the speaker for the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture. His topic, “The Buying…and Selling…of the President,” will examine the role of money in politics, particularly in the current presidential campaigns.

Former CNN investigative journalist to discuss documentary,  Assignment China: Follow the Money

Former CNN investigative journalist to discuss documentary, Assignment China: Follow the Money

"Follow the Money," focuses on the behind-the-scenes story of the journalists who during 2012 conducted ground-breaking investigations about China's nouveau riche, and the dramatic, controversial and often frightening consequences.

Former professor and advertising media guru dies

Former professor and advertising media guru dies

Former professor Ralph Morgan, who inspired many advertising students to become media planners and buyers, passes away.

January 2016

January 2016

Christmas has come and gone, and the college is gearing up for 2016. Get the latest news on the director search for both the J-school and SLIS. Plus, find out what Dr. Amir Karami’s Twitter research can tell us about South Carolina’s attitude toward Syrian resettlement, and see who won the Student Ad Federation’s annual competition.

Dr. Andrea Tanner named director of journalism school

Dr. Andrea Tanner named director of journalism school

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has new leadership as Tanner is promoted from interim director to the top position.

PR Prose: How saying outrageous or provocative things can activate your full worth

PR Prose: How saying outrageous or provocative things can activate your full worth

Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how exploring counter-ideas works to help understand rationales, boundaries, and why you believe something.

Cocky's Reading Express proves its worth

Cocky's Reading Express proves its worth

Ten years after its first school visit, Cocky's Reading Express is still working toward eradicating illiteracy in South Carolina and getting kids excited about reading.

Creating for the community

Creating for the community

Students working for Ezekiel Ministries had never before created a website in 24 hours, but the energy and passion flowing from teammates, mentors and the nonprofit organization seemed to make anything possible. This is CreateAthon@USC and it's the only reason college students would willingly stay at school for 24 hours straight.

Carolina's cross cultural convergence

Carolina's cross cultural convergence

Two journalism professors created and executed an innovative and culturally inclusive study abroad program in China that produced a number of culture-based multimedia projects while changing the perspectives of the students who participated.

Our greenhouse effect

Our greenhouse effect

Move over 30 Rock! The Kennedy Greenhouse Studio at USC features mass communications students broadcasting live and a hands-on production experience.

SAF announces winners in student advertising competition

SAF announces winners in student advertising competition

Logos. Ads. Videos. Social media campaigns. The Student Ad Federation awarded $1,000 in prize money for student work in a variety of categories. See the winners!

Testing the limits

Testing the limits

In the interdisciplinary university, research is not confined by artificial boundaries. Students and faculty collude across majors and schools.

Uncensored: The freedom to read

Uncensored: The freedom to read

A student association’s Banned Books Week exhibit “Scandal in the Stacks” inspired the theme of their fundraising calendar, ‘dark force of censorship.' Both the exhibit and the calendar are two of the activities that earned them national recognition.

Beyond

Beyond "AIDS in the End Zone"

In July 2016, two SLIS professors will return to South Africa to help teens in that country write, design and publish a graphic novel to teach other young adults in their area about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.

Passionate platform

Passionate platform

Dr. Samantha Hastings carries more titles than you can reasonably fit on a business card. And as ALISE president, she brings an international spotlight to the School of Library and Information Science.

SJMC professor debuts new book

SJMC professor debuts new book "Snatched"

Child abduction. It’s a crime that is often sensationalized by the media and one that terrifies most parents. For many it’s a hard subject to talk about, but for Leigh Moscowitz it’s the focus of her latest book.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the college, won three platinum awards, two gold awards and four honorable mentions in the 2015 MarCom Awards for two recent issues.

PR Prose: Thank goodness for Volkswagen. It reminded us of why ethics matter

PR Prose: Thank goodness for Volkswagen. It reminded us of why ethics matter

Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses the culture of compliance in corporate America and why communication pros must look closely at the ethics of all decisions, including good will or intention.

SLIS announces fellowship honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd

SLIS announces fellowship honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd

Cynthia Graham Hurd died in the June Charleston church shooting. A fellowship has been endowed to honor her life and community outreach.

Gamecocks on Greene

Gamecocks on Greene

The College of Information and Communications's annual Gamecocks on the Green gets a new name in honor of both schools being located in the heart of campus. But the fun and fellowship stays the same.

Unlocking social media's big data

Unlocking social media's big data

Communicators and researchers interested in how collective online behavior can be translated into usable data met at an in-person and virtual workshop - the first of its kind hosted by students in the School of Library and Information Science.

Master's-degree programs specialize to keep their sheen

Master's-degree programs specialize to keep their sheen

Master’s-level programs have had to adapt to keep up with students who seek an educational experience customized to their particular goals, and who put a premium on skills and experience that prospective employers will find valuable. Such programs can be found in SLIS.

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

What do a public relations aficionado, an entertainment marketing officer, a newspaper editor for the troops, a sports broadcast producer and a billion-dollar company's co-founder have in common? They all have a degree from the J-school.

SLIS professor among first to use Open Educational Resources

SLIS professor among first to use Open Educational Resources

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of college students do not purchase textbooks due to cost? SLIS's Dr. Darin Freeburg is one of five USC faculty who have been selected to combat that.

Doctoral students and alumnus win information science honors

Doctoral students and alumnus win information science honors

Doctoral students Karen Miller and Hassan Zamir and 2015 doctoral graduate Chris Cunningham recently received high accolades from the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Building relationships, sparking possibilities

Building relationships, sparking possibilities

Similar to "speed dating," the Mentor Match program kicks off with a fast-paced networking event which pairs students with alumni.

PR Prose: The C-suite needs problem solvers, not cheerleaders

PR Prose: The C-suite needs problem solvers, not cheerleaders

Dr. Shannon Bowen writes: "To earn your place at the table, in most cases, CEOs will not respect a yes-person. They would rather have someone with a spine in that seat."

Library school to participate in virtual fair for veterans interested in graduate study

Library school to participate in virtual fair for veterans interested in graduate study

Are you a veteran, or do you know a veteran who is interested in learning about our MLIS program? Join us online to discuss our programs and the benefits available through the GI Bill.

J-school dedicates new home of new media

J-school dedicates new home of new media

Forget the ribbon cutting! This building dedication featured a banner unveiling and a performance by alumni Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan in honor of the school’s long-awaited new location.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Here's a health, Carolina. SLIS director Sam Hastings and staff at USC's annual State of the University report on the Horseshoe.

2015 literacy advocates honored

2015 literacy advocates honored

Joe Keeton, who was "plucked out of a lumber yard to sell books," is just one of the leaders honored at the ALL Awards for contributions in developing and implementing innovative and creative approaches to literacy education.

Insights and insiders to shed light on the 2016 campaign

Insights and insiders to shed light on the 2016 campaign

With the presidential campaign heating up, Dean Bierbauer will moderate an elite national panel in preparation for South Carolina's presidential primaries.

Photo of the Week: Sharing with a Prof

Photo of the Week: Sharing with a Prof

Advertising Professor Bonnie Drewniany is surprised with a very personalized gift from a former student.

Live shots and deadly shots

Live shots and deadly shots

Are TV’s “live shots” too great a risk? — Dean Bierbauer reflects on the recent tragedy in Roanoke when the live shot became the center of the action.

Have job, will travel

Have job, will travel

Finding your first job after graduation can lead to new adventures. For Taylor Atkinson, one application took her to the other side of the world.

Students apply classroom studies to summer internships

Students apply classroom studies to summer internships

ESPN. Cosmopolitan Magazine. The Today Show. Ben Carson's political campaign. These are just a few of the places our students interned this summer. Here are their stories.

Literacy Initiatives explained

Literacy Initiatives explained

SCETV's education blog features an article written by Kim Jeffcoat, director of the SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy, which discusses the various approaches to reducing illiteracy in the state.

J-school ready to welcome students in new home

J-school ready to welcome students in new home

ColaDaily.com reports on the opening of the new building and features alumni response (including a little "friendly jealousy") to the facility, technology and the new view.

Students and faculty honored for outstanding research and teaching

Students and faculty honored for outstanding research and teaching

Two USC faculty were recipients of the top faculty awards from the Mass Communication and Society Division of AEJMC, one of the largest and most active of AEJMC - the educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals.

A degree and an evening gown

A degree and an evening gown

Graduate student Anna Mills Polatty spends her free time studying, doing charity work and ... wearing a crown? Take a look at her adventure through the Miss America organization.

Student association receives top national honor

Student association receives top national honor

The USC Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) chapter has been named the American Library Association student chapter of the year.

Journalism school moves to renovated Horseshoe building from Coliseum

Journalism school moves to renovated Horseshoe building from Coliseum

Students and faculty will return to classrooms in August that have state-of-the art technology. The J-school's new home, in a renovated three-story building on the Horseshoe, will have an antiquated feature that students and professors likely will value as much as the new flatscreen TVs and iMAC computers — windows.

Moving out, moving in

Moving out, moving in

It's been a long time coming. More than 1000 boxes have been moved. There's still work to be done. But we've moved out and in. And we've got the photos to prove it.

Giving a voice to the voiceless

Giving a voice to the voiceless

Visual communications graduate Jaimie Falke Devita is using her talents to bring awareness to at-risk, inner-city high school students in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mourning the loss of alumna Cynthia Hurd

Mourning the loss of alumna Cynthia Hurd

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 1989 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science.

Evolve, learn and grow with SLIS

Evolve, learn and grow with SLIS

To assistant professor Elise Lewis, service learning is more than just giving back. It's also a way for students to engage in a fun experience that develops lifelong skills.

Taking it with Tatge

Taking it with Tatge

In a class taught by Mark Tatge, you can expect finances, social media and colorful kazoos. Tatge is teaching while earning his doctorate through the Baldwin Business Fellowship.

Ten years of visual communications

Ten years of visual communications

The visual communications program began in 2004 with 35 students. A decade later, many of them are now alumni with established careers in the communications industry.

The road less traveled

The road less traveled

A communications degree doesn't always lead to a corporate job. In Zachary Blankenship's case, it led him to Cambodia where he met a young boy who sparked a need for change.

Checking out Egypt

Checking out Egypt

Alumni Amy Coquillard (MLIS) and David Chadwell arrived at their new jobs at Cairo American College in 2013, just weeks after the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Despite nightly curfews and the occasional sound of gunfire in the streets, the couple stuck it out and is now thoroughly enjoying life abroad.

The voice of civil rights

The voice of civil rights

Take a look inside the 2015 Media and Civil Rights History Symposium, the only one of its kind in the country.

Giving back Gamecock style

Giving back Gamecock style

Rosalyn Durant, a very busy vice president of college sports programming at ESPN, is always available to mentor students — especially when they are fellow Gamecocks.

Clayton Copeland and the diversity council

Clayton Copeland and the diversity council

A young faculty member seeks to expand the Diversity Leadership Group's horizons on campus.

Creating entrepreneurs

Creating entrepreneurs

Senior instructor David Weintraub teaches students the ins and outs of entrepreneurship in his course, Freelancing for Creative Professionals.

Moving forward

Moving forward

From electronic typewriters of the 70s to robotics and makerspaces of today, the School of Library and Information Science has embraced technology from the start.

Shared control is the future of PR

Shared control is the future of PR

Social media is commonly studied by PR academics. Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses new research in a UofSC doctoral dissertation which focuses on the relationship variable of control mutuality, or shared control of policy and organizational decisions in social media.

Award-winning research and teaching recognized at symposium

Award-winning research and teaching recognized at symposium

Two doctoral students were awarded for their outstanding teaching and research at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Doctoral Student Research Symposium.

Going out with the Coliseum

Going out with the Coliseum

In 1985, Bon Jovi took to the Carolina Coliseum stage. In 1977, Strom Thurmond watched Elvis Presley play the Carolina Coliseum. And in 1968, Jim Haney was a teaching assistant, checking to make sure everyone in reporting class had carbon in their typewriters.

Ten years of Cocky reads

Ten years of Cocky reads

Cocky’s Reading Express™ will be blowing out 10 candles this year and, with help from BP America, got itself an early anniversary present – a new exterior for its beloved bus.

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

What are we? What we call ourselves? What others call us? What it says on or above the door? Dean Bierbauer discusses the college name change and how it reflects our role and mission.

The perfect marriage

The perfect marriage

For Tamara King, two things have been major players in her life since day one — community and books. She finally found a way to work both into her career.

When Matters

When Matters

When McDonald's wanted to create a new ad campaign, it needed archivist Jessica Farrell to look back through the old.

Where Matters

Where Matters

Where you learn it matters. So where you find the story might also be where you find the classroom.

Student-produced film shown at international festival

Student-produced film shown at international festival

Hayden Antal co-produced a movie for the 2015 Campus MovieFest as a side project. Not only did it win top honors, it was selected to show at Cannes International Film Festival in France.

Start spreading the news

Start spreading the news

Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa's hard work at Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.

Jonathan Boston awarded Dewey Decimal Scholarship

Jonathan Boston awarded Dewey Decimal Scholarship

School of Library and Information Science student Jonathan Boston has been awarded the Information Science Dewey Decimal Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.

PR students help promote science and mathematics on National Teacher Appreciation Day

PR students help promote science and mathematics on National Teacher Appreciation Day

Some teachers received a boost to their "cool" factor with a video parody of Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." The Carolina Agency, the student-run PR firm, served as creative consultants, onscreen talent, behind-the-scenes production assistants and social media promoters for the video released in support of science and math teaching.

Student-run firm wins 'Best of Show' at public relations awards

Student-run firm wins 'Best of Show' at public relations awards

Competing against statewide public relations professionals, The Carolina Agency, brought home the top award for their #RideWithPride integrated marketing campaign to get Gamecock license plates approved in Virginia.

Student PR team to compete in national competition

Student PR team to compete in national competition

Five seniors are heading to Chicago to compete as one of three finalist teams in a top national public relations campaigns competition. They'll be back on campus just in time to graduate.

What can bring PR professionals and academics together? Research

What can bring PR professionals and academics together? Research

Renowned PR scholar Jim Grunig often said, "There's nothing as practical as a good theory." The insights gleaned from the International Public Relations Research Conference can prove him right.

Enriching lives through piggy banks, literature and a caring heart

Enriching lives through piggy banks, literature and a caring heart

Children’s librarian Heather McCue has made it a point to find solutions to hardships that can penetrate a community.

Outstanding students honored for academics and involvement

Outstanding students honored for academics and involvement

Faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications recognized student award recipients at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Students and community leaders honored at annual lecture

Students and community leaders honored at annual lecture

Service, excellence and commitment were the adjectives of the night as award recipients were honored by the School of Library and Information Science.

Coca-Cola creative team to claim the Cocky Award

Coca-Cola creative team to claim the Cocky Award

Creators of the 60-second commercial whose call-to-action promoted online and world-wide positivity via the #MakeItHappy hastag will pick up their Cocky Award for the best Super Bowl ad of 2015.

No pretty dresses

No pretty dresses

Courtney McKinney-Whitaker, (MLIS '05) has nothing against pretty dresses or pretty sentences. But she knew there would be no place for either in her book of historical fiction for young adults.

Why Matters

Why Matters

Why did our three new faculty members choose teaching? Because they believe in lifelong learning, and know that they can learn from their students.

Donna Shannon honored with Distinguished Service Award

Donna Shannon honored with Distinguished Service Award

She retired last May, but the accolades continue for Dr. Shannon whose career touched a countless number of students and professionals.

Two alumni named '2015 Movers and Shakers'

Two alumni named '2015 Movers and Shakers'

Passion. Vision. Mission. They have it. Jason Broughton and Heather McCue were selected from among 300 nominees for this award from the Library Journal.

Distinguished Black Power historian to present public lecture

Distinguished Black Power historian to present public lecture

Dr. Peniel Joseph, a national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights, will address the community on April 3 at Zion Baptist Church as part of the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium.

University of Leeds student wins USC's Farrar Award

University of Leeds student wins USC's Farrar Award

Mark Joseph Walmsley's award-winning research focuses on how the process of news construction has affected understandings of the Civil Rights and Homophile Movements of the 1960s.

Digital Public Library of America director to deliver annual lecture

Digital Public Library of America director to deliver annual lecture

Keynote speaker Emily Gore will discuss community, data quality, discovery, reuse and sustainability within the framework of digital public libraries in the U.S.

'The lesson of more'

'The lesson of more'

The words of Carolina broadcast professor Richard Uray have stuck with Leeza Gibbons for nearly 40 years, teaching her the lesson of "more." The 1978 alumna recently won TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" and plans to use her prize money to renovate a home for families dealing with chronic illnesses or diseases.

Public relations students attend Real World Conference

Public relations students attend Real World Conference

Old school social networking, finding your niche and the rise of integrated marketing communications were just a few of the sessions available to students at the Real World Conference in Atlanta.

ESPN executive tackles the subject of football and brain injuries

ESPN executive tackles the subject of football and brain injuries

The only thing more intense than America's passion for football may be the way it is played. But what happens to a player every time he's hit was the topic of the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture.

Three student teams win Silver ADDYs for integrated campaigns

Three student teams win Silver ADDYs for integrated campaigns

Students and faculty attending the AAF of the Midlands annual awards show strolled down the Yellow Brick Road during a Wizard of Oz themed event. Although they did not come home in a hot air balloon, they returned with some fancy hardware.

Broadcast journalism students attend RTDNA workshops

Broadcast journalism students attend RTDNA workshops

Twelve broadcast journalism students took park in the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas workshops in Charlotte - and one of them returned home with a scholarship.

Landmark SC library packs up treasures during renovation

Landmark SC library packs up treasures during renovation

SLIS alumnus Henry Fulmer is overseeing the moving of millions of documents, mementoes and art works while the South Caroliniana Library is being refurbished.

Not your average internship

Not your average internship

Jackie Kilby is glad she was on the library school's listserv. One email blast contained information that sent her halfway around the world to practice her craft.

Notes and press releases

Notes and press releases

Public relations student Anna Mathias communicates through writing and music. She performs with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and writes for, and edits, websites for other musicians.

A mover and shaker

A mover and shaker

Armed with only a laptop and one remarkable vision, Susan Lyon led the digital information movement at Richland Library into the 21st Century.

ESPN executive to discuss football and brain injuries

ESPN executive to discuss football and brain injuries

Dwayne Bray will discuss the groundbreaking work the award-winning Outside the Lines program has done to document brain injuries in the multi-billion-dollar business of football.

Davis College's historic restoration

Davis College's historic restoration

Maintaining authenticity without compromising usefulness has been the mantra of the stabilization and renovation of one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Super Bowl, cool ads, pizza and 100 of your closest friends: Class offers credit for all

Super Bowl, cool ads, pizza and 100 of your closest friends: Class offers credit for all

Class, clickers and commercials. It all 'Ads'up to one Cocky Award winner for the best Super Bowl Ad.

Who Matters

Who Matters

If the space around you reflects who you are, then Bonnie Drewniany's story is written all around her office.

JEA names Flowers teacher inspiration award recipient

JEA names Flowers teacher inspiration award recipient

The Journalism Education Association has named Karen Flowers its 2015 Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award recipient for her actions and ability to inspire others to pursue scholastic journalism teaching and advising.

Life on the run

Life on the run

His job in communications for the Southland Conference in Dallas keeps alumnus Calhoun Hipp moving seven days a week.

Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing

Shannon Bowen's unique, quantitative analysis of media stories and press releases related to Toyota’s auto recall crisis shows the damage that failing to acknowledge ethical lapses in public relations communications might do to a company’s reputation and long-term financial health.

The ultimate price of free speech

The ultimate price of free speech

Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know that ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.

Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina

Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina

At work and at play, Sara Lamberson utilizes her USC education. Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina.

From anticipation to actuality

From anticipation to actuality

The metamorphosis continues. We are on schedule to open the new journalism building in the Fall.

From the classroom to the newsroom

From the classroom to the newsroom

M.M.C. student Jennifer Blencowe credits her USC graduate education for helping her land her first job in a television newsroom.

BP donates $25,000 to Cocky's Reading Express

BP donates $25,000 to Cocky's Reading Express

Cocky's Reading Express has received a $25,000 donation to help Carolina students and the university mascot travel the state to spread the love of books and reading.

Prescription for success

Prescription for success

Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner is addressing the increasing need for health and science information with a new textbook. To prepare students, she has collaborated with a colleague to publish a textbook for library and information science courses.

Learning about the Affordable Care Act

Learning about the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Andrea Tanner is leading the University of South Carolina’s research into what people know, think they know and need to know about the new health care law.

Doctoral student gives prestigious Ignite talk

Doctoral student gives prestigious Ignite talk

The Museum Computer Network Conference showcases a series of rapid-fire, five-minute talks from some of the most provocative thinkers in the museum field. And Porchia Moore, one of the eight speakers chosen, is from the School of Library and Information Science.

Former professor’s book explains strategy behind burning of Columbia

Former professor’s book explains strategy behind burning of Columbia

A WIS TV interview with retired journalism professor Patricia McNeely whose new book, Sherman's Flame and Blame Campaign, explains a Sherman strategy that she says previous historians overlooked.

ESPN's Justin Connolly discusses the rise of conference networks

ESPN's Justin Connolly discusses the rise of conference networks

Football in the South is a pretty big deal. It is a religion, and the Southeastern Conference is its denomination. ESPN executive Justin Connolly discusses the rise of the SEC network in the Buchheit Lecture.

Broadcast journalism students sweep top reporting spots in RTDNA-C competition

Broadcast journalism students sweep top reporting spots in RTDNA-C competition

Three students win top honors for news stories produced as part of their senior semester CarolinaNews course.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Gold. What everyone wants to win. And students won six of them for work on InterCom, the college alumni magazine.

What's wrong with PR education? Students speak out

What's wrong with PR education? Students speak out

In her PRWeek column, USC's Dr. Shannon Bowen says schools must change the core competencies within the PR major to meet the challenges of this dynamic field.

Students named to American Advertising Federation's list of top 50 in the nation

Students named to American Advertising Federation's list of top 50 in the nation

Add Alexis Mood and Liana Miller to the list of USC students selected for a national honor: Both were named Most Promising Multicultural Students by the AAF - two of the 50 chosen nationwide.

Multimedia journalism students produce voter package for The State newspaper

Multimedia journalism students produce voter package for The State newspaper

Students developed a complete package of stories and multimedia elements addressing election issues, including Lexington County's proposed penny tax increase, roads, agriculture and traffic signals.

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

They hold a variety of jobs: director, coach, reporter, ad man and marketing executive. But they have at least one thing in common - a degree from the J-school.

From the Palmetto State to the Twin Cities

From the Palmetto State to the Twin Cities

Alumnus Sid Bedingfield (Ph.D. 2014, M.A. 2010) heads north to pursue an academic career that began in Gamecock Country.

Gavigan receives distinguished service award

Gavigan receives distinguished service award

Now in South Carolina, Library and Information Science Associate Professor Karen Gavigan is honored for her contributions in North Carolina.

Graduate students meet mass communication research pioneer

Graduate students meet mass communication research pioneer

To mass communications graduate students, Dr. Donald Shaw is as famous as a rock star. So it was thrilling to spend an afternoon with this pioneer in mass communications research.

Student curators celebrate the freedom to read with

Student curators celebrate the freedom to read with "Scandal in the Stacks" exhibit

The "Scandal in the Stacks" display at Thomas Cooper Library could easily have been called, "I didn't know that book was banned!"

Students get real-world exposure to academic interests through summer internships

Students get real-world exposure to academic interests through summer internships

This summer, students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications interned at companies nationwide, gaining out-of-classroom experiences crucial to their future success in the industry.

Literacy leaders honored

Literacy leaders honored

The School of Library and Information Science recognized individuals, programs and organizations that have had a statewide impact on improving literacy in South Carolina.

MLIS students earn while they learn

MLIS students earn while they learn

Sarah Funk and Charlsye Preston-Briegel have perfected what could be called the Aerial Map Boogie - digitizing aerial photography and learning archiving skills. But, they also get paid to do it.

Cocky's Reading Express celebrates 10 years of working to improve literacy in the state

Cocky's Reading Express celebrates 10 years of working to improve literacy in the state

Why spend your free time traveling across the state to read to kids? Because everyone loves Cocky, and it's part of our larger mission to improve literacy in South Carolina. (And it's a ton of fun.)

Nonprofits selected to receive free marketing communications help through CreateAthon

Nonprofits selected to receive free marketing communications help through CreateAthon

Talented Gamecocks prep for a good night's work benefitting eight nonprofits and thousands of South Carolinians.

Doctoral students win three top paper awards

Doctoral students win three top paper awards

Building community, dodging debate and dealing facts, and truth and justice were themes of three top paper awards for mass communication doctoral students.

Diving into integrated communications

Diving into integrated communications

Kirstie Russell jumped right into her studies in integrated communications. Munich. Berlin. The pool. And soon, she'll be climbing out into an exciting career.

Men's basketball participates in Cocky's Reading Express

Men's basketball participates in Cocky's Reading Express

Cocky brought some extra special readers to the library. Not only did they hand out 160 books, they also handed out vouchers to games.

This is Sports Center?  Ranta spends summer vacation at ESPN

This is Sports Center? Ranta spends summer vacation at ESPN

Jeff Ranta shares his two-week fellowship experience as a member of ESPN's communication department.

When media matters

When media matters

When students signed up for a two-week trip to Africa, they thought they’d be roughing it without hairdryers and Facebook. What they got was a journey to the part of journalism that changes lives.

A road less traveled: Journalism students use Magellan funds to conduct research

A road less traveled: Journalism students use Magellan funds to conduct research

Few students use the words "research" and "adventure of a lifetime" in the same sentence. However, for three outstanding students, it's a perfectly natural combination.

Questions and why we ask them

Questions and why we ask them

"I keep six honest serving-men, (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who." That's how Rudyard Kipling describes it. Get Dean Charles Bierbauer's modern-day translation.

Journalism still a viable career choice

Journalism still a viable career choice

Journalism school alumnus Jon Turner wrote a letter to the editor of The Daily Gamecock, USC's student newspaper. Turner described his five years of newsroom experience and his reasons for leaving. His prerogative. But he also summons all journalism students to join him in abandoning ship...

US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

The US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission asked me, in part, to reflect on my time as a foreign correspondent here in Russia, then the Soviet Union, and how we -- our two countries and our journalists -- perceived the relationship.

Wonks, whistleblowers and watchdogs

Wonks, whistleblowers and watchdogs

Now that we've had some time to think about it, reaction to the U.S. government's role in monitoring and collecting our phone and online behavior seems to collect in two boxes. There's outrage: How dare they! And indifference: Whatever. Until we fully know what was done to whom and to what end, vigorous defense seems muted.

Students and community servants honored at annual event

Students and community servants honored at annual event

Leadership is what the School of Library and Information Science is all about, and the school has been recognizing leaders for 29 years. From awards to a powerful lecture by Pamela Wright, everybody left the Deans' and Director's Lecture as winners, empowered to take charge in their careers.

International exposure refocuses information studies student

International exposure refocuses information studies student

Doctoral student Sara Chizari loves information science, but living in Iran hindered her from furthering her research. So she is now attending the School of Library and Information Science with a SPARC fellowship grant, giving her the intellectual freedom she needs.

PR alum opens the door for others

PR alum opens the door for others

USC alumnus Stephen Brown is the managing director of the Atlanta office of Cohn & Wolf, a leading global communications agency. His client list includes consumer brands and retail, technology and health care companies. It's a full plate, but the 1995 graduate learned plenty about juggling at Carolina.

Reading Rooster encourages literacy

Reading Rooster encourages literacy

Helen Fellers, also known as the "Reading Rooster," was honored with a Literacy Leaders Award from the School of Library and Information Science for a storied career that started as a library Bookmobile driver in the 1950s.