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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.


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.

Taking risks and following dreams

Public relations major Contessa Davis will graduate from the University of South Carolina a whole year early, but the impact she’s had through her many leadership roles will leave a mark long after she’s gone.

Back on the cutting edge: Scott Farrand re-embraces Apple technology

Scott Farrand is no stranger to innovative technology. The visual communications instructor beta-tested and helped develop the first version of MacDraw, Adobe Illustrator and FreeHand drawing programs for the Macintosh. But after spending some time on the cutting edge, he decided to disappear. Now, he's back.

It was an award-winning week

It was a very good week for journalism and mass communications students competing in regional competitions. Teams and individual students racked up a variety of awards from advertising, public relations and journalism organizations.

Broadcast senior wins first place in BEA hard news contest

When broadcast journalism major Ward Jolles tied for first place in the Broadcast Education Association's Faculty Festival of Media Arts in March, he didn't expect to win. That's because he didn't even know he was nominated.

COVID-19 impact: Navigating communications during the pandemic

Brooke McKeever, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, discusses how we have worked through the communications challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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