Sarah Keeling: Showing up for racial justice
On the wall behind Dr. Sarah Keeling's desk, among an assortment of calendars and pictures, hang the words "Jobs Peace & Equality." The display shouldn't come as a surprise for those who know her.
On the wall behind Dr. Sarah Keeling's desk, among an assortment of calendars and pictures, hang the words "Jobs Peace & Equality." The display shouldn't come as a surprise for those who know her.
At USC, Ehsan Mohammadi is producing groundbreaking research and bringing new ideas to the School of Library and Information Science. But it was the journey that brought him here and made him the robust researcher and diversity-minded teacher that he is today.
When they’re not working together as library media specialists at Westwood High School, Marti Brown and Kathy Carroll are serving together as two of the newest members of the CIC’s Alumni Council.
InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, took home two platinum awards, four gold awards and two honorable mentions in the 2018 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.
When I joined the CIC last year, I had a lot to learn — not just about the college and its schools, but about Columbia, the university and the tightly knit community of faculty and staff in which I found myself. Luckily, the J-school’s director, Dr. Andrea Tanner, was here to help me get acclimated.
From creating new classes to increasing faculty research, Dr. Andrea Tanner has made a mark on the School of Journalism and Mass Communications during her tenure as director. Now, Tanner is shifting gears.
Seven broadcast students were honored with eight awards at the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press convention and awards luncheon.
Fourteen undergraduate students presented their research and internship experiences to judges who are currently working in the field. This year’s posters covered topics ranging from anxiety in college students to attitudes about autonomous aircrafts.
When MLIS student Sarah Hodierne travels to Washington, D.C., next summer, it won’t just be to see the nation’s capital — she’ll also be working at the American Library Association’s annual conference as part of an exclusive student program.
Four USC students spent two days in New York City in October learning about business journalism from industry experts and networking with journalists in the city.
Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. The award is NCA’s highest honor and recognizes her lifetime study of human communication.
In her monthly column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how ethics, the disintegration of civility and public relations are connected.
Since its publication in 2012, Dr. David Lankes’ book, “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World,” has been translated into Portuguese and German. Now, thanks to a dedicated team of volunteer translators, French speakers can enjoy it, too.
Nearly 50 potential students visited the college to learn more about its master’s and doctoral programs.The CIC’s inaugural Graduate and Professional Inclusivity Day was an open house targeted toward students at historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina, as well as Columbia College and USC.
Last month, Dean Reichert hopped a plane to China to learn from other journalism and communication deans. Get the scoop on his trip, and find out what else is happening at the CIC.
Nina Brook has done it all in the world of journalism. She has worked for traditional news outlets, taught journalism at the high school level, and now is an instructor in the J-school. Despite changes in the industry, she still encourages students and her own kids to enter the field.
Students, mentors and professors alike joined together on November 2 to produce complete advertising campaigns for nine nonprofits in the Columbia area. Abe Danaher, a volunteer at the 24 hour CreateAthon affair, tells his story of how the night went.
J-school alumnus James Jude Courtney stars alongside actress Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, a sequel to the same-named 1978 slasher film. But you won’t recognize his face. That’s because he plays Michael Myers, the masked murderer who’s inspired nightmares — and Halloween costumes — for the past 40 years.
What is informatics? Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, it will be the newest minor offered by the School of Library and Information Science. Informatics replaces the pre-existing information science minor and will give students a more flexible way to learn how information works.
She may have started out as a pharmacy major, but it didn’t take long for Jessie Knaak to figure out that broadcast journalism was her real calling. Now, she’s racking up Emmy Awards as a producer in the NFL.
With hard work and a lucky break, current USC school of journalism student Alyssa Butterson now finds herself on the sideline of Monday Night Football games providing coverage for ESPN.
The HBCU Library Alliance Conference offered three students — Patrice Green, Jocelyn Pettigrew and Ashley Silvera — the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and speak in front of all the attendees.
From Hootie and the Blowfish to Glamour magazine, this year’s Alumni Award winners have done big things since graduating from the J-school. See photos and videos from the awards ceremony here.
This summer, Patrice Green was able to explore potential careers through one of the most prestigious internships in the country. Green was one of 40 students selected from across the country to spend their summer working within the walls of the Library of Congress as part of the library's junior fellowship program.
Alumnus David Robinson and his 15-year-old son used more than 5,000 Legos to construct the field, stands, ramps, press box, coaches' offices, scoreboard and the rest of Williams-Brice Stadium.
Despite working full time, Bob Wertz has been able to balance family time, teaching, being a student and multiple side projects involving his love of typeface, design and writing.
Jack Landess knows the difference that SAF can make on each of its new members for one simple reason: he was there before.
With a mind for business and research but a heart for teaching, Dr. Amir Karami has found a job that allows him to tap into all of his interests — and his work is influencing how researchers are exploring big data to make even bigger discoveries.
Dean Reichert recounts a heartwarming story of a student in need whose life was changed by the generous contributions of alumni and friends to the Dean’s Excellence fund.
Dr. Denise Bortree discussed corporate social responsibility and corporate advocacy as they relate to sustainability and nonprofit communication at the J-school's monthly Research Roundtable.
Hadley Berg earned an undergraduate degree in May 2018. But before her graduation date had even arrived, she had already begun working towards her Master of Mass Communication degree through the J-school's accelerated program.
ABC News has just announced that Eva Pilgrim will be an anchor for their Good Morning America weekend show. Pilgrim is a graduate of the journalism school and a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jack Bryan credits his degree from the then-College of Librarianship for making his long career in public service possible and hopes that by giving back he can empower others to do the same.
Ernie Grigg, an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the faculty advisor of The Carolina Agency, was selected as PR News' 2018 Platinum PR Winner for Educator of the Year at their Platinum PR Awards luncheon on September 21.
There were tears. There was laughter. And there were many rounds of applause. At the Buchheit Family Lecture, Pete Souza and his audience became bound by emotion as they experienced history through his lens.
In this month's article, Dr. Bowen completes the guide for navigating conflicts of interest and competing obligations.
As award-winning investigative journalist and USC alumnus Andy Pierrotti turns and faces the students in the J-school's senior capstone class, the room gets quiet. Their attention seems to hang entirely on his upcoming words. This is Thursday, four days into Pierrotti’s week-long professional-in-residence stay at the school.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Vanessa Kitzie and Jennifer Arns, faculty in the School of Library and Information Science, grants for research focused on public libraries and their effect on local communities.
The College of Information and Communications has nine new faculty members with bold ideas, diverse experiences and creative thinking. Dean Tom Reichert introduces them to you in his monthly column.
Pete Souza, the former official White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan and award-winning freelance photographer, will deliver the Buchheit Family Lecture on September 26 at 7 p.m.
David Lankes, director of the university’s School of Library and Information Science, was diagnosed this past fall with lymphoma, his third bout with the cancer of the immune system. Help is on the way in the form of a bone marrow transplant from his son Riley, a freshman at Carolina.
After graduation, Merritt McNeely used her PR education promoting some of the city's most significant projects. But now these skills are being employed for clients of a boutique integrated communications firm.
In her latest article for PR Week, Dr. Shannon Bowen provides a guide for navigating conflicts of interest and competing obligations.
Senior Instructor Lisa Sisk's innovative teaching in her public relations classes has earned accolades from students and a Garnet Apple Award from USC's Center for Teaching Excellence.
T. Michael Boddie, a multimedia journalism student at the University of South Carolina, spent his summer as an SCPA Foundation Intern with The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island.
Zoe Caulder Hartley graduated with a B.A. in advertising in 1998. Hartley died in 2016, but her devotion to her alma mater didn't end there. Last year, her parents, Stanley Caulder and Zoe Josephson, and brother, Mark Caulder, established an endowed scholarship in her memory. Read more about Zoe, her family and their commitment to the University of South Carolina.
Capturing photographs in faraway lands and leading study abroad students around the globe are just part of the job for associate professor Van Kornegay. Read more in this August Faculty Focus.
SEC Network has hired Alyssa Lang (SJMC '15) as a host and anchor for its studio show programming. Lang joins the network as the new host of SEC Featured on Monday nights, and will have a supporting role in SEC Network's hit studio show, Thinking Out Loud.
What's new and what's on the horizon at the College of Information and Communications? Get the latest in this monthly column by Dean Tom Reichert.
Michelle LaRoche, a journalist with more than two decades of experience at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, will join the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications in August as its first Baldwin Business and Financial Chair in Journalism.
The University of South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has been recognized with PRSSA's prestigious Star Chapter Award for the 2017-18 school year. This marks the second year in a row that USC has received this award.
The 2018 Media Law School will provide selected journalists with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the key stages of civil and criminal proceedings and to learn enough basic law to report accurately on many important issues in the news.
Nine South Carolina nonprofits have been selected to receive free marketing services during a 24-hour creative blitz in November, making this year’s CreateAthon@USC the largest event to date. Read about this year’s nonprofits and find out how you can help.
In June, public relations major Derrick Vaz attended the Kellar Radio Talent Institute, which brings in industry professionals to teach aspiring broadcasters. Read more about Vaz’s experience and how it built upon the skills he learned in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses the importance of "listening" to public relations ethics, especially in this age of alternate facts, fake news, fragmented social media, and covert analytics.
From cutting-edge research to innovative teaching methods, there’s no doubt our faculty are some of the best in their fields. Dean Reichert takes a moment to share what they’ve been up to — and what’s to come.
People become empowered when they have an understanding of information. That idea is what drove Dr. Elise Lewis to become an information science professor. Now, she's recruiting the next generation of data analysts and information architects.
Students preparing for a service learning trip abroad teamed up with individuals and a national company to deliver toys and blankets to vulnerable children in Malawi.
During her time in the MLIS program, Susan (Altman) Elofson says the lessons she learned from her internships, professors and classmates helped prepare her for her current job as school librarian at Eau Claire High School. Read more about her experience at SLIS and how she’s making a difference in her students’ lives.
The Maymester study abroad to Malawi, Africa, merges adventure, learning and service to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for USC undergraduates.
Senior advertising major Allyssa Andrews knew she would have a great time participating in the Washington Media Scholars Foundation’s case competition this summer. What she didn’t know was that she’d bring home the prize.
The Carolina Command Center is the CIC's high-level social media monitoring and analytics classroom/research lab. It's the next logical step for a college positioned within the expanding juncture of data and communications. And it's going to impact everyone, from our students, to our faculty, to the world around us.
It's not the first time SJMC students have won awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, but it is the first time they have swept the news-related categories.
Just months after taking the helm of the College of Information and Communications, Dean Tom Reichert took on another new role: president of the American Academy of Advertising. The one-year term will mean big things for the dean and for the CIC.
Where in the world is the CIC? Dean Reichert gives a rundown of where you’ll find the college’s students, faculty and staff this summer. Plus: The SJMC wins big at the Mercury Awards; a journalism student finds her passion in social advocacy; and, incoming Ph.D. student Nick Vera hopes to change the world through health literacy.
Sydney Bugg's public relations major has opened many doors for her, including an advertising internship at an agency in New York City and a spring break academy for diverse ad/PR students. Now, another door has opened — a post-graduate internship with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.
Dr. Kevin Hull has a knack for scouring social media for sports data and translating his findings into real-world implications. The real-world part of his research is something he knows well — before becoming a broadcast journalism professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Hull spent nearly a decade behind the camera.
Jennifer Hammond, SJMC ’85, has found a multitude of ways to give back to her alma mater. From volunteering with CreateAthon@USC to supporting CIC initiatives through her Dean’s Circle Society membership, Hammond explains the many ways she’s working to prepare the next generation of advertising professionals.
Nick Vera is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Library and Information Science at the College of Information and Communications. Learn more about Nick and his experience in SLIS.
In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how all levels of communications, from the CCO to the front desk, must work toward consistent credibility.
Top educator. Top student. Top practitioner. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was well-represented at South Carolina's premier public relations awards ceremony.
When Janelys Villalta entered UofSC, she was focused on entertainment news. But after taking an interest in sociology, the journalism student found her passion in social advocacy.
We did it! Read Dean Reichert’s recap on the CIC’s Give 4 Garnet campaign. Also in this issue: Professor Charles Bierbauer receives the state’s highest civilian honor; Ainsley Earhardt comes home; Instructor Lisa Sisk earns a Garnet Apple Award; and, an information science class puts theory into practice by creating knowledge management plans for local organizations.
How do laws influence access to information? Do they enhance knowledge creation or limit it? Can legal interpretation create information barriers for specific groups or populations? These are questions that Dr. Dick Kawooya explores in his research.
How is trust in media evolving, and is that trend spreading into the public’s perception of libraries? Lee Rainie with Pew Research Center shared research on these questions and others at the Deans' and Directors' Lecture.
Ore Oluwole’s public relations degree has taken him a long way, professionally speaking, even though he’s only a few blocks away from the heart of campus. That’s because Ore now works as the director of alumni relations at My Carolina Association.
Former CIC dean Charles Bierbauer thought he was meeting with Gov. Henry McMaster to discuss literacy. Instead, he was surprised with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications held the Fourth Annual Doctoral Research Symposium to recognize and celebrate the success of graduate research and teaching.
While some classes test students’ progress with exams, undergraduate students in this course had the chance to showcase everything they learned in the spring semester by developing real-world implementation plans for local businesses and nonprofits.
Alondra De La Rosa is a first-year student in the Master of Mass Communication program at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Learn more about Alondra and her experience in the J-school.
Saatchi & Saatchi executives shared how they came up with the "clean is everywhere" concept and what it was like to "hack" the Super Bowl.
Media stars. PR specialists. Designers. Leaders. Students from all majors were recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom and in outside endeavors by the faculty and staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
What does current research tell us about public trust in libraries and news organizations? Lee Rainie from Pew Research Center will explore that question and others in the 2018 Deans’ and Directors’ Lecture on April 26.
When he’s not managing the Kennedy Greenhouse Studio, Britt Hogg spends his time coaching SGTV students on everything from picking staff members to working equipment. Now, his efforts have been recognized by USC Student Life.
After winning the national championship a year ago and getting drafted into the WNBA, Allisha Gray is completing the promise she made before the draft to finish her degree in broadcast journalism.
In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen cites Uber's recent autonomous car accident as one example of new dilemmas posed by the tremendous rate at which artificial intelligence is progressing and the role public relations professionals may play as they advise and develop policy for clients.
On April 18, the university will celebrate its first-ever giving day, Give4Garnet. Alumna Lou Kennedy shares why she’s supporitng our project — the Carolina Command Center — and Dean Reichert explains how it could help students and faculty make major headlines.
Less than two years into the job, Dr. Holly Overton is already making an impact as faculty director of a new student research group.
When Henry Edwards’ professors recommended he attend the 2018 AdPR Academy over spring break, he had no idea how much he’d learn — or how much he’d stand out.
After one semester in the MMC program, Jay Goodwin found himself with a coveted summer internship at BBDO San Francisco. His work at the agency provided him with valuable experience and a clearer picture of where he wants to go after graduation.
The college will showcase its diversity research and hear from Nicole Cooke, a leading authority on social justice in librarianship, at the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Panel and Luncheon on April 13.
Bringing a “new energy” to scholastic journalism in South Carolina and “smashing” the model for SIPA’s summer workshop are just two reasons why Leslie Dennis was recognized with the 2018 James Paschal Award for Outstanding Service to a Scholastic Press Association.
"Every day in news is a new adventure," says Desirae Gostlin in recounting the final semester of her master's degree. From covering car crashes to active shooter safety in schools, she discusses this hands-on learning experience.
“Nostalgia is the biggest enemy of libraries today,” says Dr. David Lankes. In this interview with Columbia Business Monthly, he discusses the shift in identity and the challenges libraries face as they try to tailor their services to individual communities.
Dr. Shannon Bowen takes a second look at one of the biggest challenges for communicators: How to deal with a liar.
The CIC is going South by Southwest! Dean Reichert explains how six students will spend their spring break learning what’s new and what’s next in media and technology. Plus, find out how you can sign up for the college’s upcoming blockchain executive briefings.
Ashley Stevens, MLIS ’11, manages the emerging archival program at the Historic Ford Estates in Michigan. Read about how her degree from the CIC equipped her to preserve collections from one of America’s most famous industrialists.
She got her start as a music teacher, but quickly realized that it was school librarians who had the potential to make the biggest impact on students. Now, she’s training the next generation of school librarians to go out and do that.
The implications of blockchain technology, the foundation for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, for media and business will be the subject of two executive briefings for senior-level business executives and communicators.
Young patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital will receive care packages, thanks to a group of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Alumna Khadijah Dennis founded The Conqueror Movement which gives young, black creative and professional individuals, primarily from the Carolinas, a platform to help establish their brand.
While some might see spring break as a chance to kick back and relax, six students and two faculty from the College of Information and Communications are using it as an opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in media and technology.
Public relations senior Vanessa Ruiz and advertising senior Pedro Bernardino were recognized as two of the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students (MPMS) in the nation by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) at a ceremony in New York February 12-15.
A collaborative effort between the College of Education and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, housed in the College of Information and Communications, is helping one community unify its literacy efforts.
Valerie Bauerlein will explore how the acceleration in online shopping ripples out into the places we live in her talk, “Retail Meltdown: How Online Shopping is Changing our Communities.”
This month, Dr. Andrea Tanner brings you up-to-date on what's new at the SJMC. Also in this issue: SJMC students pick the standout Super Bowl ad; SLIS launches the Library Scholar Program; and, a freshman is nominated for a literary prize.
Janet Tarbox and her late husband, Tal LeGrand, have a long tradition of giving to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The story of how two people who never attended the school became some of its most ardent supporters is one that spans two marriages, three deaths and more than 40 years.
Ken Campbell has made quite the impact in his 30 years with the J-school. In addition to his work to improve diversity within the media, he also heads up the school's newest major — mass communications.
The Eagles won the Super Bowl, but Tide won the Ad Poll. Humor caught the attention of the students who selected the 2018 Cocky Award winner.
For those in the School of Library and Information Science at USC, libraries are not buildings with books — they're communities with the power to connect the world.
When Mary-Bryant Charles' Facebook notification popped up that she had been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her first reaction was a combination of a scream and a squeal. But few can say they've been nominated for a literary prize before the end of their first semester of college.
Since 2014, Denise McGill’s award-winning documentary short film, The Gullah Project, has been screened in festivals around the country. The project’s success is giving the School of Journalism and Mass Communications professor the creative push needed to turn the short film into a full-length documentary.
Josh Dawsey, a 2012 SJMC grad, is making a name for himself in the political realm. Dawsey started his career at The Wall Street Journal as a City Hall reporter, then got picked up by POLITICO to be a White House correspondent. Very recently, he was poached by The Washington Post.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications student Ryan Gareis is taking her job as Freshman Scholar seriously.
The College of Information and Communications and Charleston County School District have established the first cohort in the School of Library and Information Science’s Library Scholar Program. The partnership will work to educate and prepare new school librarians for the district.
Everyone's worked with them. Here's how to effectively and ethically deal with a liar in your organization.
As former executive producer of television broadcasting for the Carolina Panthers, Greg Brannon is now sharing his experience with the next generation of broadcast journalists as an instructor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
A $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations is paving the way for the college to enhance literacy throughout South Carolina through WeReadSC.
Big things are happening at the School of Library and Information Science. This month, Dr. David Lankes runs through the many ways SLIS is saving the world … one community at a time. Also in this issue: InterCom brings home seven MarCom awards; and, two CIC employees are honored with MLK awards.
Ron Stafford may be a recent alumnus, but he’s already applying the lessons he learned at SLIS in his work as a digitization technician. Read more about how Ron’s passion for preservation and information access is making a difference in his community.
InterCom magazine, the alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, won four gold awards and three honorable mentions in the 2017 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.
The School of Library and Information Science is the first — and only — program in South Carolina to be accepted as a member of the iSchools organization, an international consortium of institutions dedicated to the information field.
Next time some ethically undereducated soul says, "You're being judgmental," the appropriate response is, "Thanks, I work hard to be!"
Cell phone electromagnetic radiation, transgender acceptance in the south and whole body donors in South Carolina are just a few of the research projects presented at the annual Discovery Day.
From walking cats in New York to overseeing food photo shoots in Texas, there’s never a dull moment in Jamie Hoffman Brooks’ career. Read about how she uses her degrees from SJMC .
Participants met to brainstorm ways to attract the best people into librarianship and to give them the skills needed to serve their communities.
A team of public relations students has created a campaign to stop subtle acts of discrimination that often go unnoticed. The campaign hopes to counter extremist speech before it starts by asking students to pledge to think twice before they speak, act or post.
While the Gamecocks may have lost a tough football game against the Georgia Bulldogs, four students walked away with a big win — an amazing, immersive media experience covering the highly anticipated event.
Two J-school students reflect on their opportunity to attend a conference which is a high-powered gathering of New York business media who dig deeply into political and business issues of the day.
In this historical piece, Dr. Kenneth Campbell discusses the Columbia Urban League and its leadership in the fight for social and economic equality, justice, and human dignity for African Americans and marginalized communities in South Carolina.
Last spring, the #ThanksCharles campaign raised funding for 23 scholarships. Meet this year’s recipients and find out how their scholarships are making a difference.
If you speak with LeAnne Davison and Tavashia Berry, you will learn that they are two students with very different backgrounds and career paths. Despite this, they are among 47 students drawn to the information science major offered by the School of Library and Information Science.
Todd Stephens is a county librarian with Spartanburg County Public Libraries. He understands not only how to run libraries, but how to help them thrive. Find out how he uses what he learned at the CIC and why he believes in giving back.
Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Senior Semester Instructor Carolyn Click wrote about her memories of the assassination in a 2013 piece for The State. Reflect with her in this anniversary month.
They have studied giggling doughboys. Talking Dogs. Dancing Raisins. But at their last class we found real-life Flos, Jake from State Farm and the Energizer Bunny. You can see them here.
From politics to athletics to marketing to creative, they have all been successful in their careers in journalism and communications. Seven honorees were feted at the J-schools' annual awards ceremony. Videos, photos and more.
Most ethical problems do not appear upfront. A warning sign indicating "ethical minefield ahead" rarely comes with the territory of what we are asked to do.
As university archivist, Elizabeth Cassidy West specializes in bringing stories from USC’s history to life. It’s the perfect career for someone with degrees in journalism, history and library and information science.
Dean Tom Reichert on fake news: "We know good journalism is real. So, how do we undo the damage done by fake news and reaffirm public trust in newspaper journalism?"
Representatives from Truth Initiative, America's largest anti-smoking nonprofit, will visit the University of South Carolina for a special guest lecture on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Dr. Eric Robinson discusses the march by white supremacists in Charlottesville last month and why they were allowed to hold their march and spread their message of hate.
What’s the secret to a great resume? How do you get your foot in the door in a competitive job market? These were just a few of the questions answered at Mentor Match.
The 11th Annual Literacy Leaders awards were presented to individuals and organizations who developed and implemented innovative and creative approaches to literacy education in South Carolina.
Five students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have been named Washington Media Fellows by the Washington Media Scholars Foundation. To have five winners selected for the honor is a notable achievement — only 23 summer fellowship recipients were chosen from a nationwide pool.
On Sept. 15, a 6-foot-5, 773-pound bronze statue of the beloved mascot will be dedicated in front of Davis College. Cocky is seated on a bench, with one hand raised high with a spurs-up sign.
Kim Jeffcoat is a woman of many acronyms: SCCCBL, CRE, SLIS, and CIC. But all these letters simply spell out what she’s been promoting for at least the past seven years: literacy.
The digital world is fraught with ethical challenges and technological pitfalls.
Suzi Roberts is proof that an SJMC education can prepare graduates for just about anything. The 2016 public relations alumna will compete in the Miss America Pageant in mid-September.
If campus seems like it’s teeming with new faces this fall, that’s because it is. This year’s freshman class is the biggest to date, and the College of Information and Communications is taking steps to make sure its newest Gamecocks feel right at home.
New dean Tom Reichert shares his vision for the college and the future of the information industries it represents.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications garnered a total of 12 awards for faculty and graduate student presentations, more than it has ever earned before.
Art Liberman, '74, embarked on a fulfilling career in special education following his four years in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Even though he wasn't destined to become a "Mad Man," the advertising/public relations major never stopped using the skills he learned in the J-school.
Were you impacted by the catastrophic flooding that hit the Midlands in October 2015 or Hurricane Matthew last November? If so, faculty examining the role played by public libraries and how community members accessed needed information invite you to take a short survey.
Alumna Chaunte’ (McLean) Turner has helped cover some of the biggest stories in South Carolina. But before she was executive producer at WCSC in Charleston, Turner was a broadcast student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Read about how the lessons she learned at the CIC still resonate today.
The College of Information and Communications has received a $100,000 Hearst Foundations grant to strengthen South Carolina communities through comprehensive literacy efforts.
The American Library Association has granted re-accreditation to the Master of Library and Information Science program at USC. The designation, effective for seven years, is held by only 60 programs nationwide.
The South Carolina Public Relations Society named a former student from The Carolina Agency its Student of the Year and awarded the student-run organization two prestigious Mercury Awards.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Denetra Walker can now add an academic award to her resume. It's an accolade which will help enhance her career.
Heather McCue believes that children begin to form ideas about money and spending well before their parents teach them about finances. She created the Growing Savers program to help the youngest Richland Library visitors gain a head start on their financial stability.
SJMC alumna Meg Gaillard has the dream job she never knew existed. It combines her undergraduate and graduate areas of study: visual communications and visual anthropology.
Two college alumni and one library school professor have paired with four incarcerated teenage boys to write a book about gang violence. The graphic novel project started with the goal of improving literacy and writing skills, but it has grown into much more.
Tom Reichert, professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia, has been named dean of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina.
Redefining our role as a strategic management function is extremely important, yet we have to grapple not only with access to the top of our organizations (or those of clients) to engage in strategy, but with the ongoing debates in defining strategy itself.
When Harvie Nachlinger started teaching at the University of South Carolina he was new to the job, but he was no stranger to a newsroom. Over the last 14 years, Harvie was able to share his knowledge with hundreds of aspiring young journalists.
What is the University of South Carolina doing to keep up with the ever-changing world of social media? Internally, the SJMC incorporates social media into classes and externally alumna CJ Lake is the university's newest social media strategist.
Doctoral student Khadija Ejaz had to overcome family reservations, cultural differences and even her own background in hard sciences to prove that mass media was the right field for her. She’s overcoming all those obstacles.
Eight doctoral students and 61 master's students were honored at the School of Library and Information Science annual hooding ceremony.
The Kennedy Greenhouse Studio at the School of Journalism has won the award for New Construction in Historic Context from the Historic Columbia Foundation.
At the midpoint of Senior Semester of Spring 2017, Kyle Vuille stood in the middle of the newsroom amid the cheerful chaos of constantly moving broadcast and multimedia colleagues and wondered aloud, “So this is what it is all about?”
Daniel Collins, a junior advertising major and account executive on the team working with The General's Hot Sauce, traveled to Louisiana to experience a real shoot in the filming of a video for the company.
United Airlines' Oscar Munoz and Snap's Evan Spiegel are two examples of CEOs not learning a lesson from the ancient Greeks.
For alumnus Marty Young, fun is just part of the job. Whether he’s interviewing celebrities, cracking jokes or winning broadcast awards, Young finds ways to incorporate his J-school education into nearly everything he does.
Saving time and money. Getting equipped. That's what students who enter the school's new Accelerated Master of Mass Communication program will be doing.
The student chapter of advertising's professional organization honored the winners of its annual competition. In addition to fame and glory, students won more than $1,200 in prize money for persuasive and well-researched print and digital advertising.
The South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) Foundation has chosen the 2017 Mundy Scholar and two of it's three summer interns from the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Scholarship. Leadership. Creativity. Students were recognized for this, and more, at a reception in their honor. Meet the outstanding students and view photo galleries.
Anan Wan and Jo-Yun (Queenie) Li were honored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the annual Doctoral Research Symposium April 19.
The South Carolina Press Association will recognize the work of students in the USC Senior Semester Capstone program on April 21 when college students around the state gather for the SCPA Collegiate Meeting at Francis Marion University.
Video and photos from the presentation of the Cocky Award to the creators of Buick's "Pee Wee" Super Bowl commercial featuring Cam Newton.
From April 20 to May 4, friends and alumni are invited to participate in the #ThanksCharles Scholarship Drive. The initiative honors Dean Charles Bierbauer’s 15 years of service while supporting the CIC Alumni Society Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for students attending one of our two schools.
Former Governor Nikki Haley isn’t the only South Carolina addition to the 61st Session of the United Nations. Maryam Agalarova, who is completing her master's degree in mass communication at USC, landed her dream practicum there.
Senior information science major Michelle Sprague is putting her skills to use as an intern at local software company TCube Solutions.
South Carolina is fertile ground and an "information wonderland." That's the message Dr. Michael Eisenberg spread as the keynote speaker for the Deans' and Directors' Lecture.
The Annual Literacy Leaders Awards and Peggy Parish Prizes will be awarded in the fall. Nominate an individual, organization or group who has made a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina.
Students, faculty and alumni whose achievements include excellence in leadership, scholarship and service were honored at a ceremony during the Deans' and Directors' lecture.
Jo-Yun “Queenie” Li is a recipient of the coveted Carolina Breakthrough Award. She is one of only 13 USC students chosen from various fields of study ranging from political science to chemical engineering to receive this award.
Richland Library Learning Engagement Manager Susan Lyon is more than just a 2006 MLIS alumna – she’s also a 2017 Public Library Association Fellow. Lyon recently participated in a week-long leadership development program with other library leaders from across the nation.
It has been a wild March ride for South Carolina's men's basketball team as the Gamecocks danced their way to a Cinderella run. It has also been a madcap adventure for two broadcast journalism students who have covered the team from game one.
Leslie Knight's master’s practicum at Proverbs 22:6 is not just a degree requirement; it’s personal. The organization serves as an advocate for children with incarcerated parents. Children like her.
Leadership and ethics are forever intertwined, inseparable from one another.
Custom 3D art pieces were created for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications building. But they are more than just items hanging on a wall. 20th and 21st century technology with a modern design combine to represent the evolution of communication.
Graduating in May after four years at the University of South Carolina, April Dawkins is excited to begin her new role in her academic specialty of school librarianship.
Dr. Michael Eisenberg will deliver the 2017 Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Monday, April 3, at the South Carolina State Library. His address will make the case for the importance of the information and communications fields in every area of human endeavor.
Stanley Nelson is the keynote speaker for the Media and Civil Rights History Symposium at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and will present at three events which are open to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winner David Leonhardt will deliver the Baldwin Lecture. Titled, "The Great Stagnation: How "It Created President Trump," the lecture is free and open to the public.
Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications garnered a Best of Show, four Gold Awards and five Silver Awards at the AAF of the Midlands American Advertising Awards gala.
On March 3, as many USC students are leaving Columbia for spring break, another, slightly younger, group gathers. Meet some of our current students and alumni who, at one time, were also members of this "younger" group of visitors.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna Chardonnay Ismail and senior Alexis Monroe were recognized by the American Advertising Federation as two of the nation's Most Promising Multicultural Students.
The campaign by this student run agency helped USC beat Clemson for the third year in a row by registering the most organ donors during the schools' annual blood drive.
USC Times invited two faculty members and an alumnus who serves as the attorney for the South Carolina Press Association to discuss one of the most vexing of 21st century media problems — fake news
Dr. Eric Robinson gives his legal perspective on "fake news." Can it be barred from publication? What can be done after it's published?
Kara Durrette, ’10 journalism, showcases the Atlanta Falcons and uses all aspects of her Carolina education as the team’s digital media producer.
Millennials and politics - what's their take on the recent election? Fake news? The immigration order? The challenges facing the nation? WIS TV wanted to know.
It's no secret that regular professional development and training helps school librarians stay at the top of their game. But what happens when providing that kind of preparation becomes a challenge for schools and districts?
Fake news. It's the new buzzword and the hot topic at an information session hosted by the college as part of USC's Leadership Week
After more than 16 years as Carolina’s chief information officer and vice president for information technology, Bill Hogue is starting a new gig as a faculty member in the School of Library and Information Science.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't on the field for Sunday's Super Bowl, but the ad he starred in for Buick was chosen as the winner of the Cocky's Super Ad Poll.
He’s won Emmys, interviewed presidents and hosted TV shows. Now Dean Charles Bierbauer has another accolade to add to the list: earning the South Carolina Broadcasters Association Honorary Life Membership Award.
When you face a decision with ethical implications, do you go with your gut? If so, there's a more reliable alternative.
After a rigorous social media campaign, interview, trip to Atlanta and televised competition, a School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate won a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to interview with some of Atlanta’s biggest companies.
An undergraduate degree in information science prepared Ashley Griffith for her current job and to excel in the master’s program at the School of Library and Information Science. She’s passionate about her career and her programs of study.
"This Week in South Carolina" featuring interviews with the state's news and policymakers premieres this week. Dean Charles Bierbauer is host, but journalism students are producers, researchers and graphic artists on the show which is shot in the school's new Greenhouse Studio.
Stephanie Woronko does not do traditional. China. Oman. Thailand. Her study abroad trips take her to countries that are outside of the typical go-to-Europe programs available to students.
His students adored him. His friends and colleagues called him true blue and all of us will miss this one of a kind "Gentleman Scholar."
Pete the Cat is one cool cat, and so is Katie (Mandy) Malone. The 2013 MLIS alumna works as a technical services specialist at the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, Va. From dressing as the famous feline children’s book character to cataloging materials, read about how Malone uses skills she learned in the School of Library and Information Science.
Alumna Heather McCue was recognized by the South Carolina Library Association for her outstanding service to the community. McCue says the recognition encourages her to "dream bigger."
For Dr. Shirley Carter, diversity is more than just accepting under-represented students in the school - it's being able to understand those different groups and create an environment of inclusion and awareness for them.
Students no longer hover over microfiche or use the Dewey Decimal System catalog. Now they are more likely to use eBooks, makerspaces or hotspot lending.
The contempt among journalists for PR has taken many forms, from scorn to evasion and outright misrepresentation, but it's now clear communications professionals are vital.
The term “geek” has evolved from a connotation that used to elicit a distasteful response. But as technology advances, Dr. David Lankes believes geekdom is, well, no longer geeky.
Lauren Harper, a 2016 public relations major, now works full time with the mayor of Columbia as his policy and communications advisor. See how her experiences at USC led to success in the work force and more.
You might have heard that the used vegetable oil from USC’s dining facilities fuels vehicles around campus. But there’s another chapter of the biodiesel story that School of Journalism and Mass Communications students are helping to write.
Dr. Kevin Hull taught Sports, Media and Society for the first time to 142 students last semester. The class was an instant hit teaching on the impact of sports journalism.
Colvin Hedgepeth, a 2012 SJMC graduate, used her experience as a USC equestrian captain and public relations major to land her dream job with the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Desiree Murphy graduated in 2011 with a print journalism degree. As a writer/reporter for ETonline and Entertainment Tonight, rubbing elbows with celebrities is all in a day’s work.
Dr. Shannon Bowen examines seven important changes in the state of the field. She says the changes are evidence of more than just the evolution of ethics in public relations, but a revolution.
Cecile Holmes is what you’d call a veteran journalist. In her nearly 40-year career, she’s covered just about everything, but one subject in particular—as multifaceted as any other beat in the business—has held her attention since she entered USC as an Honors student in 1973. That subject is religion.
For the third consecutive year, InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, won multiple honors for last year's issues.
From brochures to website building to logos to bumper stickers, 54 students from across campus and 18 mentors from across the country collaborated to strategize future communications for eight deserving nonprofits. See photos and videos from the event.
Freshly minted Career Services Manager Katie Bullard started her new position in May and is already off to a running start. Friendly and focused, she connects students in the School Journalism and Mass Communications with opportunities that they otherwise may not have had.
Nonie Price has been a 24-year fixture at the School of Library and Information Science, connecting alumni and friends of the program through networking opportunities.
Journalism student Bryson Allen-Williams isn’t the first college athlete to have a career in journalism in mind when his playing days come to an end.
Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy nominations, Peabody awards, Mortar Boards. Just a few of the reasons the School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored seven individuals at their annual awards event.
Former Daily Gamecock editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael LaForgia exhorted young journalists attending the Buchheit Lecture to carry the mantle of investigative journalism forward, in spite of skeptics who believe the industry is dying.
More than 100 professors, professional journalists and graduate students from around the world — from as far away as Pakistan — gathered to discuss cutting-edge issues and research in broadcast and multimedia education.
Photovisual communications students refined their craft at a women's soccer match by shooting photos during the game. But two of their classmates were missing; they were shooting at the goal on the field.
Tobias Brasier, MLIS, 1994, is the director of web services for the School of Law. He is passionate about web redesign and is putting his degree to use through a variety of projects for the school and the Coleman Karesh Law Library. Through his many endeavors, Brasier illustrates just how versatile an MLIS can be.
Fashion lovers everywhere dream of being able to go to New York Fashion Week, but being a student intern working it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Courtney Sterns, senior public relations student, got to spend Sept. 6-14 working for PR Consulting’s fashion department during New York Fashion Week.
The results of these projects will be reported at multiple scholarly conferences and journals, the true impact is in the recommendations made to the library systems, local government, and federal agencies for the improvement of community engagement and services.
It may be easy for journalists to dismiss Donald Trump’s calls for changes to libel law as part of the bluster that has characterized his public career and candidacy. But while he’s confused on the details, Trump is not alone in this call for fundamental changes in libel law.
Two USC organizations have partnered to "Read to Rebuild," a program to collect books for libraries devastated by the recent flooding in the coastal areas of North Carolina.
School of Library and Information Science doctoral student Porchia Moore was invited to a preview tour of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
The bizarre fiasco at the Rio Olympics resulted in major losses for the star athlete while highlighting the importance of ethics and honesty required from all parties - including public relations.
Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang looks back on the impact of, and recovery from, last year's Thousand Year Flood on two local school libraries.
Christopher Rosa, a 2015 School of Journalism and Mass Communications public relations major, has found his voice as an entertainment staff writer for Glamour.
The college is co-hosting journalist and author Dick Lehr at two events next week. Lehr will discuss the film and his book “The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War.”
A record number of students and alumni participated in this annual event which pairs students with alumni who work in their area of interest.
They have gone "above and beyond in the quest to eliminate illiteracy" in South Carolina. And now they join nine years of recipients who have been named Literacy Leaders at the annual awards ceremony.
His office is filled with African art pieces and books on photography, philosophy and research methodology. His life is filled with a passion for the ever-evolving field of photojournalism, both in the classroom and in his travels.
Dr. Shannon Bowen writes: Reminiscent of the film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (a comparison that would be lost on most of these young students), I invariably get the question: "What does Socrates have to do with PR?" My answer begins with one word: Everything.
In addition to holding MLIS degrees, Lindsay Rogillio, Abigail Mann and Hillary Hudson have something else in common: they work together at the university as prospect research analysts. The three specialize in gathering information so that USC's fundraisers have everything they need to succeed.
Do you have 24 hours to give back for a great cause? CreateAthon@USC 2016 is looking for communication professionals to mentor students for our 4th annual pro bono creative marathon.
New faces abound in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Five new faculty members have joined the ranks of USC's celebrated staff. Experienced both inside the classroom and in the field, their breadth of specialties ranges from media law to public relations to news reporting.
Karen Gavigan and Clayton Copeland shared research gleaned from a rural, low-income middle-school classroom and from "Miss Sally" at an international conference examining inclusionary and accessibility strategies in school libraries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Convention season is just one example of the value of pseudo-events when they are used in carefully planned and controlled ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Madisyn Kellough, a 2015 broadcast journalism graduate, won a Southeast Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a feature package she created during her senior semester capstone course. We caught up with her to discuss her time at USC and how it has impacted her career.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelors. Masters. Ph.D. Undergraduates. Graduates. 300 of our students completed their programs of study and earned their diplomas at May graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juan-Carlos Molleda is among an increasing number of SJMC graduates who have landed significant administrative roles at leading universities across the United States.
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.
Jane O'Boyle and Mark Tatge were honored for research and teaching during the annual School of Journalism and Mass Communications doctoral symposium.
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.
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.
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.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored students for outstanding leadership, academic performance and creativity at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.
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.
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?"
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Shannon Bowen says nanotechnology should not be avoided just because the social and ethical issues surrounding it are complicated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
This public relations senior joined an elite class of students in advertising and marketing related majors who are "destined for great things."
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.
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."
Armed with media credentials, 32 USC multimedia students report alongside veteran journalists from CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Dr. Tom Weir, an award-winning and compassionate professor and colleague, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Cathy Jo Nelson's school activities during the month of February include a blind date with a book.
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.
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.
New technologies present ethical questions that the public relations industry must be ready to face - and explain to others.
The votes are in! Steve Harvey turned his Miss Universe announcement blunder into a winning Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile.
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.
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.
"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 Ralph Morgan, who inspired many advertising students to become media planners and buyers, passes away.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has new leadership as Tanner is promoted from interim director to the top position.
Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how exploring counter-ideas works to help understand rationales, boundaries, and why you believe something.
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.
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.
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.
Move over 30 Rock! The Kennedy Greenhouse Studio at USC features mass communications students broadcasting live and a hands-on production experience.
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!
In the interdisciplinary university, research is not confined by artificial boundaries. Students and faculty collude across majors and schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Graham Hurd died in the June Charleston church shooting. A fellowship has been endowed to honor her life and community outreach.
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.
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-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.
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.
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 Karen Miller and Hassan Zamir and 2015 doctoral graduate Chris Cunningham recently received high accolades from the Association for Information Science and Technology.
Similar to "speed dating," the Mentor Match program kicks off with a fast-paced networking event which pairs students with alumni.
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."
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.
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.
Here's a health, Carolina. SLIS director Sam Hastings and staff at USC's annual State of the University report on the Horseshoe.
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.
With the presidential campaign heating up, Dean Bierbauer will moderate an elite national panel in preparation for South Carolina's presidential primaries.
Advertising Professor Bonnie Drewniany is surprised with a very personalized gift from a former student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The USC Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) chapter has been named the American Library Association student chapter of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look inside the 2015 Media and Civil Rights History Symposium, the only one of its kind in the country.
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.
A young faculty member seeks to expand the Diversity Leadership Group's horizons on campus.
Senior instructor David Weintraub teaches students the ins and outs of entrepreneurship in his course, Freelancing for Creative Professionals.
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.
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.
Two doctoral students were awarded for their outstanding teaching and research at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Doctoral Student Research Symposium.
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.
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 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.
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 McDonald's wanted to create a new ad campaign, it needed archivist Jessica Farrell to look back through the old.
Where you learn it matters. So where you find the story might also be where you find the classroom.
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.
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.
School of Library and Information Science student Jonathan Boston has been awarded the Information Science Dewey Decimal Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children’s librarian Heather McCue has made it a point to find solutions to hardships that can penetrate a community.
Faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications recognized student award recipients at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.
Service, excellence and commitment were the adjectives of the night as award recipients were honored by the School of Library and Information Science.
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.
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 did our three new faculty members choose teaching? Because they believe in lifelong learning, and know that they can learn from their students.
She retired last May, but the accolades continue for Dr. Shannon whose career touched a countless number of students and professionals.
Passion. Vision. Mission. They have it. Jason Broughton and Heather McCue were selected from among 300 nominees for this award from the Library Journal.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SLIS alumnus Henry Fulmer is overseeing the moving of millions of documents, mementoes and art works while the South Caroliniana Library is being refurbished.
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.
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.
Armed with only a laptop and one remarkable vision, Susan Lyon led the digital information movement at Richland Library into the 21st Century.
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.
Maintaining authenticity without compromising usefulness has been the mantra of the stabilization and renovation of one of the oldest buildings on campus.
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.
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.
His job in communications for the Southland Conference in Dallas keeps alumnus Calhoun Hipp moving seven days a week.
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.
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.
At work and at play, Sara Lamberson utilizes her USC education. Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina.
The metamorphosis continues. We are on schedule to open the new journalism building in the Fall.
M.M.C. student Jennifer Blencowe credits her USC graduate education for helping her land her first job in a television newsroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three students win top honors for news stories produced as part of their senior semester CarolinaNews course.
Gold. What everyone wants to win. And students won six of them for work on InterCom, the college alumni magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alumnus Sid Bedingfield (Ph.D. 2014, M.A. 2010) heads north to pursue an academic career that began in Gamecock Country.
Now in South Carolina, Library and Information Science Associate Professor Karen Gavigan is honored for her contributions in North Carolina.
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.
The "Scandal in the Stacks" display at Thomas Cooper Library could easily have been called, "I didn't know that book was banned!"
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.
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.
The School of Library and Information Science recognized individuals, programs and organizations that have had a statewide impact on improving literacy in South Carolina.
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.)
Talented Gamecocks prep for a good night's work benefitting eight nonprofits and thousands of South Carolinians.
Building community, dodging debate and dealing facts, and truth and justice were themes of three top paper awards for mass communication doctoral students.
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.
Cocky brought some extra special readers to the library. Not only did they hand out 160 books, they also handed out vouchers to games.
Jeff Ranta shares his two-week fellowship experience as a member of ESPN's communication department.
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.
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.
"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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.