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College of Information and Communications

March 2018


Dear alumni and friends,

The grass is beginning to green and the azaleas are blooming — it is definitely spring in Columbia and around the Horseshoe. We’d like to share with you some of the exciting things that are happening here at the CIC because we believe they reinforce our growing reputation as a bona fide leader in the ever-evolving information and communications industries.

The CIC goes SXSW

Be on the lookout as we’re sending a posse — six students and two professors — to SXSW in Austin, Texas, to report what’s on the horizon. Their mission is to:

  • Learn what’s new and what’s next in the media, journalism and information space.
  • Report back what they experience both real-time and in a presentation to the faculty on March 28.

Our contingent will be in Austin for five full days from March 9-13 (during spring break). If you are not familiar with SXSW, it is a two-week conference that includes music, film and other relevant areas. Thousands of participants will converge to discuss the latest innovations that have the potential to shape communications and how data is exchanged. We want to thank our friends at Chernoff Newman for sponsoring a big portion of the trip. We very much appreciate their support.


Blockchain is a relatively new disruptive technology with the potential to significantly influence media and information flow. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are built on blockchain, but its influence will extend to many sectors. The college, in conjunction with the Darla Moore School of Business, is hosting two executive briefings on blockchain in Columbia and Charlotte March 27 and 28. We’ve invited two specialists from New York who are deeply engaged in blockchain to discuss how it will impact media and other business sectors. I hope you can make it to one of the sessions. You can find more information and register here»

Keeping busy

We’ve been fortunate to have several guests visit with students this semester. SLIS and the college are hosting a leadership dialogue series. To date, we’ve had the pleasure of learning from Melanie Huggins of Richland Library and Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T in South Carolina. Last week, the SJMC auditorium was standing room only for Wall Street Journal reporter Valerie Bauerlein, our Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism lecturer. And, we’ve hired some terrific new faculty members who will share their expertise with our students beginning in August 2018.

Please know we appreciate all you do to support the students and faculty. We’re committed to setting the mark for similar programs in the southeast and nationally.



Tom Reichert

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