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
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
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.
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'
Passion. Vision. Mission. They have it. Heather McCue and Jason Broughton were selected from among 300 nominees for this award from the Library Journal.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
SLIS alumnus Henry Fulmer is overseeing the moving of millions of documents, mementoes and art works while the South Caroliniana Library is being refurbished.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Life on the run
His job in communications for the Southland Conference in Dallas keeps alumnus Calhoun Hipp moving seven days a week.
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
Class, clickers and commercials. It all 'Ads'up to one Cocky Award winner for the best Super Bowl Ad.
If the space around you reflects who you are, then Bonnie Drewniany's story is written all around her office.
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
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
At work and at play, Sara Lamberson utilizes her USC education. Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Builder: MLIS student using books to help the homeless
Tamara King is proving there's power in the words we speak and read. She's using literacy to reach out to families dealing with homelessness and it has made a huge difference.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 "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
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.
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.
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.
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
Talented Gamecocks prep for a good night's work benefitting eight nonprofits and thousands of South Carolinians.
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
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
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
Jeff Ranta shares his two-week fellowship experience as a member of ESPN's communication department.
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
"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 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
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
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.
Words for the world
Laura Griner's never been to Afghanistan. She doesn't speak Dari or Pashto, but the University of South Carolina graduate hopes to bring a little peace to the country, one children's book at a time.
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
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
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
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.