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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.

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.

UofSC students win creative awards

Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored with 14 awards at the virtual American Advertising Awards gala. Check out our winners in print, interactive and broadcast media.

Multimedia journalism students win 10 awards from the SCPA

Carolina News & Reporter multimedia students won 10 awards in the 2020 South Carolina Press Association collegiate competition. The students took the Senior Semester capstone course in the spring or fall of 2020.

From NABJ to USA Today

Analis Bailey landed a reporting job during one of the craziest times a newsroom has ever seen — 2020. But Bailey is succeeding in her new role thanks to the tools, lessons and experiences she acquired at the SJMC.

The path to Twitter

Nya Simone ('19 public relations) paved a path for herself during her undergraduate years at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and continues to do so. Now she's landed one of her biggest roles yet -- customer success specialist for Twitter. Read our spotlight on Simone to learn more.

A woman's place is in politics

Powerful women in politics are responsible for some of the world’s greatest accomplishments and innovations. And two of our alumni, Lauren Harper and Amanda Loveday, are among those leaving their mark and paving the way for others.

Learning from the pros

You might have heard that the SJMC launched a new sports media concentration this fall, but did you know students are being taught by seasoned sports media professionals?

A little push goes a long way

Lee Wardlaw almost changed his major — until he met professor Michelle LaRoche. Her class and a "push" prepared him for challenges he would face later in his career.

Congress still shall make no law

J-school alumnae Miranda Parnell experienced violence firsthand while reporting for WIS News at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Columbia. It prompted discussions on how to balance the importance of covering these events with the safety of those covering them.

And the winner is ...

There was just a tenth of a point difference between the first and third place ads. But when the voting closed, Cheetos "It Wasn't Me" tallied the highest score with the Super Bowl of Advertising Class.

Softball partners with journalism school to provide broadcasts for first seven home games

With help from Director of Content Brad Muller, Dillon Clark, Nik Klos, Zach McKinstry and Connor Lomis will team up to call the first seven home games of the 2021 season on SEC Network+.

Cocky's Super Ad Poll goes virtual

Most classes have gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Super Bowl Commercials class is no exception. This year’s class — and the 18th annual Cocky’s Super Ad Poll — will be online.

Empowering excellence: Ken Baldwin

Ken Baldwin always wanted to help budding journalists excel in business and financial reporting. After a successful career in journalism, he is finally able to do it.

How growing up in Aynor prepared one of the nation’s top reporters to cover Trump

Years before he would be covering the most powerful people in the world, SJMC alumnus Dawsey began his journalism career in Aynor, his hometown where his parents still have a farm today. Read more about Dawsey in this story from The Post and Courier.

An immense love of people

Broadcast journalism alumna Rosalyn Durant is now senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World Resort supporting Disney Springs, Water Parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports — a long way from Columbia. But the lessons she learned at South Carolina have guided her through her career and still push her forward today.


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