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    InterCom - Winter 2020

    Read the award-winning alumni magazine of the College of Information and Communications in pdf format.

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InterCom is the College of Information and Communications’ student-produced alumni magazine. You won’t receive this year’s issue in your mailbox — like our classes, InterCom has gone almost entirely online during the COVID-19 era. But the challenges presented by a global pandemic haven’t diminished the quality of our student work. Our staff worked tirelessly to bring readers compelling stories about the college and its people. 

Tom Reichert

A meaningful impact

Dean Reichert reflects on the challenges of the past year and the renewed realization of the important roles the CIC and its alumni play in efforts to stem mis- and disinformation.

Larry Thomas

Quick takes

News and notes from the College of Information and Communications, which includes short updates on outstanding alumni, Cocky's Reading Express and a video created by SJMC students which featured Dawn Staley, Dabo Swinney and Darius Rucker.

Lee Wardlaw

A little push goes a long way

Lee Wardlaw almost changed his major — until he met professor Michelle LaRoche. Her class and a "push" prepared him for challenges he would face later in his career.

Got skills?

Love a good podcast? Publishers Weekly has launched The Skillset Podcast with iSchool Director David Lankes and Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke. The Skillset illuminates the complex issues facing libraries and other key institutions in these unprecedented times.

Josh German

Making it through MAIP

Three students from the University of South Carolina were chosen as 2020 MAIP fellows, and two more participated in the Virtual Engagement Program. The annual program is a world-class professional development opportunity for young talents of diverse backgrounds to launch their careers.

Ken Baldwin and President Caslen

Empowering excellence: Ken Baldwin

Ken Baldwin always wanted to help budding journalists excel in business and financial reporting. After a successful career in journalism, he is finally able to do it.

Kevin Hull

Learning from the pros

You might have heard that the SJMC launched a new sports media concentration this fall, but did you know students are being taught by seasoned sports media professionals?

Rosalyn Durant

An immense love of people

Broadcast journalism alumna Rosalyn Durant is now senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World Resort supporting Disney Springs, Water Parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports — a long way from Columbia. But the lessons she learned at South Carolina have guided her through her career and still push her forward today.

COVID-19 summer internships

Students already have a slew of questions when choosing an internship. But summer 2020 internships brought a totally new question to the table: What will an internship look like in the midst of a pandemic?

Doug Fisher in pencil hat.

Not quite done

When faculty members retire, their impact at UofSC doesn't end. Catch up with four CIC retirees who demonstrate exactly that.

Making a statement

In the weeks following George Floyd’s death, the CIC hosted online forums, offered diversity training and altered teaching curriculum to emphasize its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Congress still shall make no law

J-school alumnae Miranda Parnell experienced violence firsthand while reporting for WIS News at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Columbia. It prompted discussions on how to balance the importance of covering these events with the safety of those covering them.

CIC duo cashes in at business startup competition

Amidst the glow of cameras, teleprompters and various screens, Nick Jeffcoat and Jonah Rotholz pitched their startup business, parAnimo, to a panel of experts and spectators at The Proving Ground, the Darla Moore School of Business’ entrepreneurial ventures pitch competition.

Paving the path

To some, the NFL may seem like an industry dominated by men, but photographers Kara Durrette and Tori Richman have a different thought.

Learning with love

Puppets, puppies and karaoke. These are some of the nontraditional tools that alumna Penny Esterley uses to teach at Community Literacy Lab.

The heart of the school

For many students, March 2020 became a pivotal moment. Classes went online, and teachers began rescheduling deadlines while trying to figure out how exactly the pandemic would affect learning. Luckily, school librarians have played a critical role in helping everyone adapt.

A degree 49 years in the making

After a life of presidential planes, television commercials and documentaries, George Patterson is keeping his promise to his parents and finishing his degree at the University of South Carolina.

A woman's place is in politics

Powerful women in politics are responsible for some of the world’s greatest accomplishments and innovations. And two of our alumni, Lauren Harper and Amanda Loveday, are among those leaving their mark and paving the way for others.

A pipeline and pathway to success

UofSC formally signed an agreement establishing a new 4+1 pathway partnership with Claflin University. The collaboration will offer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree from Claflin and a graduate degree from the CIC in just five years.

Arika Dickens

Spotlight on Donors

Read the stories of some of our donors and hear why they support the College of Information and Communications through their philanthropic giving.

Alumni Notes

Catch up with friends and classmates — marriages, births, awards, job changes and more!


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