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100 years of growth at the SJMC

Top photo: Students attending the concert at the J-school's dedication ceremony in Sept. 2015

A lot can happen in a year. Think about how much can happen in 100 years.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications began its 100th anniversary celebration in fall 2023.

“There’s certainly a lot to celebrate,” associate professor Van Kornegay said while sharing his role in coordinating the upcoming celebration. Kornegay has been a part of the evolution of the school after working here for 37 years. He also served as interim director of the school from 2021-2023. One of the most dramatic changes that he talks about is the task of renovating and moving the school’s location.

“Imagine having classes in the Coliseum basement, which had one window,” Kornegay said.

inside the J-school atrium
Inside the atrium of the J-school

Charles Bierbauer, the previous, longest-serving dean of the CIC remarks, “I was not particularly interested in the kind of cliché ribbon cutting when opening the new building. I knew we could do something better.” And they certainly did.

Alumni Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan performed a live concert to several thousand students in honor of the brand new location.

The SJMC today is filled with not just one window, but many creating a bright, positive learning atmosphere for all students and faculty members.

The building is constantly abuzz with activity, students are engaged in learning in the classrooms, researching in the Social Media Insights Lab and shooting broadcast content in the Multimedia News Room. The opportunities are endless.

“Becoming nationally recognized as one of the top schools of journalism and mass communication in the country is our aspirational goal for the J-school’s second century,” says SJMC Director Damion Waymer, who began his tenure in 2023. “This drive to improve shapes our vision as we bring closure to our first 100 years.”

Technology and media innovation are new focuses at the SJMC. Basic communication teachings remain the same as in past years, with an emphasis on research and writing. New courses address the latest trends in technology.

inside the Carolina News newsroom
Carolina News studio

Located in the center of campus, the SJMC is a place of connection for all university students, with modern lighting and classrooms. Each visit by groups taking the official campus tour reveals students learning, researching and collaborating with their peers. Rushing to class, students walk with a pep in their step, excited to craft new messaging through the art of communication.

The SJMC Centennial gala will take place on April 6 at the Pastides Alumni Center. Ticket information will be released in late January.

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