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Why rushing a COVID-19 vaccine by November could be dangerous

Dr. Brooke McKeever discusses how targeted messaging to different audiences and not cutting corners could help increase public trust in the vaccine.

How a virtual advertising 'camp' saved internships for 200 students

Recent advertising graduate Jonathan Corchado is featured in this AdAge article for his summer “passion project,” which included building a website and the social media launch of Black Lives Matter South Carolina.

And the J-school scores!

The J-school has developed a new sports media concentration which will allow students to follow their interest in sports media in a variety of majors and prepare them for real-world jobs in the field.

A tasty course: PROOF alcohol ice cream

This past semester the J-school offered a satisfying course “Integrated Campaigns,” where the learning covered all facets of integrated brand communications for a UofSC alumna's startup company

Q&A with author Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland’s first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, was published last month to strong reviews. We caught up with the SJMC alumna to talk about her book, her family, the writing process and her time at UofSC.

Faculty and students recognized by national association

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has named nine School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty and graduate students recipients of top awards and accepted 27 papers for presentation.

Journalism alumnus is the new president of the Alumni Association's Board of Governors

Robin Roberts, ’76, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award and founding member of the college's Dean’s Leadership Council, will serve a two-year term and preside over the 19 -member board.

UofSC alumnus’ company makes millions of face shields for health care workers

ZVerse, a Columbia company founded by 2004 advertising alumnus John Carrington, has become an important player in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications statement on diversity, equity and inclusion

The legacy of white supremacy has damaged the lives of many, especially our black students, who may have feared speaking their truth. We support all of you who find yourselves in the middle of conflicts over justice and equality.

A few tidbits of advice for new graduates

SJMC adjunct instructor and 1983 alumna Reba Campbell offers advice and inspiration for graduates challenged with navigating the job market in the post-COVID-19 era.

Breakthrough Star: Kevin Hull

As an ex-sportscaster, assistant professor Kevin Hull brings personal insight to study his former industry. His groundbreaking research and scholarly excellence have earned him a 2020 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star award.

How citizen journalists, cell phones and technology shape coverage of police shootings

Doctoral student Denetra Walker has studied the experiences of journalists who’ve covered some of the most publicized police shootings in recent history. She shares what she’s learned about technology as a catalyst and how it may influence journalism education moving forward.

Research spotlight: Seeking insight into COVID-19-related discrimination

Racist attacks targeting Asian Americans have increased in the COVID-19 era, and assistant professor Jungmi Jun is working to better understand victims’ experiences. Her research could guide efforts to support victims and provide insight into combating discrimination.

The other threads: Public relations graduate paves path to accessibility

Ask anyone who knows Sarah Massengale to describe her in a word and they might say she’s brazen. Or fearless. Or even stubborn. What they won’t tell you — at least not at first — is that she’s blind. The public relations major is applying her communications knowledge and personal experience by helping the university with its widescale effort to address its digital accessibility.

In memoriam: Dr. Ron Farrar

Ron Farrar, faculty member, long-time associate dean for graduate studies and interim dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications died on May 18. We’ve collected tributes and memories from former colleagues and alumni.

The master of the ‘thinking person’s game’

Doug Fisher worked hard and took every opportunity he could in life. Now, he hopes his students do the same.

Victoria Canada named Public Relations Student of the Year

The South Carolina Public Relations Society of America recognized a recent graduate as the most outstanding public relations student in the Palmetto state.

CIC honors stand-out faculty and staff

Outstanding faculty and staff in the College of Information and Communications were surprised in a special online awards ceremony on April 30.

SJMC honors outstanding graduate students

In virtual ceremonies, faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored three graduate students for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, teaching and research.

SJMC recognizes outstanding students

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was unable to host its annual Awards Day ceremony, but that didn’t stop faculty from honoring the school’s best and brightest students.

Meet the SJMC's 2020 MAIP fellows

Three School of Journalism and Mass Communications seniors have been selected to participate in the highly competitive MAIP program, a 22-week nationwide fellowship that helps aspiring marketing professionals launch their careers.

Tech-savvy faculty help in transition to online teaching

Visual communications instructor Jason Porter is one of many faculty across the university who have more experience with online teaching and have worked to help their less tech-savvy colleagues during this time of remote-only classes.

Team earns second place in advertising competition despite unexpected challenges

Ad Team is always tough — long hours and hard work. Although this semester was especially challenging, it didn't stop them from taking one of the top prizes.

Adapting to the new norm: Student work shifts online

When the university shifted to remote instruction in March, faculty and students found innovative ways to adapt in-person courses to an online format.

Reporting live outside our newsroom

At an extraordinary moment in American history, Carolina News & Reporter students rise to the challenge of reporting from far-flung places.


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