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College of Information and Communications

School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Today’s journalism is changing at lightning speed, and the same can be said for advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications studies. In other words, all of the majors in our school. The spectrum of opportunities to tell stories with words, photos and video is exploding. Here you’ll explore online news media, digital publishing, social media, microtargeting and viral communication in our classes and in future careers.


Fulfilling a childhood dream

As a child, Meg O’Malley worked in a chocolate shop. Now, this 2016 public relations graduate is using her marketing and social media skills to promote her own sweet business.

High-flying photography

Van Kornegay is teaching visual communications students how to fly without ever leaving the ground. The new course will teach students to operate camera-equipped drones that have become a go-to tool in documentary making, news gathering, infrastructure inspection, real estate marketing and more.

The winning shot

Getting published is par for the course in our visual communications program. Check out award-winning photography from Van Kornegay's portfolio class. Students focused on Gamecock sports for the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine photo contest, sponsored by the Talmadge Moore LeGrand Photojournalism Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Robertson wins top dissertation award

SJMC assistant professor Brett Robertson has won the 2021 W. Charles Redding Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association’s Organizational Communication Division.

Free speech wasn’t so free 103 years ago, when ‘seditious’ and ‘unpatriotic’ speech was criminalized in the US

Media law and ethics assistant professor Eric P. Robinson writes for The Conversation about the continuing conflict between patriotism and free expression.

College mourns former dean of journalism school

The college mourns the death of Judy VanSlyke Turk, the eighth dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, who died in Richmond, Virginia, on May 2 after a long illness.

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