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Bloomberg journalist to speak at 2019 Baldwin Lecture

Karen Toulon will speak at the annual Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17. Read more about her career and her thoughts on the future of business.

A seat by the window

Discovery is central to who Ernie Wiggins is — reflected both in his hobbies and interactions with his students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications — and is something he has valued in every stage of his professional life.

An impact beyond words

Lisa Sisk, senior instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is charting a new course for teaching after being diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder that affects communication.

Events bring journalism and civil rights researchers together

Two major conferences drew academic researchers from a variety of disciplines to the SJMC on March 7 and 8. The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium and the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium sparked dialogue about the importance of journalism and the evolving landscape of the industry.

La'Keisha Sutton: Broadcast alum is building her brand

Since her time as a Gamecock, Sutton has continued life on the court as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Known to fans as Swish, she also spends time inspiring young people through her organization, Fan Favorite University.

PR Prose: Values managers and leadership

Values managers, sometimes called "culture czars" or "chief engagement officers" are vital says PR researcher Shannon Bowen, in her latest PR column.

Investigative podcaster Al Letson to visit UofSC

Drug addicts sent to work camps instead of rehab. Mortgage lending practices designed to discriminate against people of color. Podcast journalist Al Letson has shed light on these issues and others like them. He’ll dive deeper into the power of public service journalism as keynote speaker at the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium.

UofSC students sweep AAF awards

University of South Carolina students, including many from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, swept the student awards at the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands’ annual gala on Feb. 16.

Behind the camera

From 1985 to 2000, while innovators in Silicon Valley were focused on changing the world as we know it, Doug Menuez was focused on documenting it. The award-winning photographer and documentarian will talk about his experiences Wednesday (Feb. 20).

All the news that isn't

In the age of social media, it can be hard to tell truth from fiction. CIC researchers, Mo Jang and Jo-Yun “Queenie” Li, look at the origins and spread of fake news on Twitter.

Leaving a legacy

When Mimi Cunningham graduated from the J-school, she was ready to launch a successful career in public information. Now retired, Mimi shares why she and her husband, Tom, have chosen to give back.

Advertising class picks top Super Bowl commercial

Pepsi proved to be much more than just OK when its “Is Pepsi OK?” ad took the top spot in Cocky’s Super Ad Poll.

From interests to investments

Therese Griffin (B.A., 1982) has done everything from hosting public affairs shows to corporate marketing and communications. Since graduating, her broadcast degree has opened doors — now, she's finding ways to return the favor.

All in the family

“Say ‘Gamecock,’” Erika Grimes' dad said. “G-A-M-E-C-O-C-K!" She was only 1 at the time. Now, she's graduating from USC, just as both her parents did and as her two siblings will, too. It's something of a family tradition.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, took home two platinum awards, four gold awards and two honorable mentions in the 2018 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.

Tanner to step down as director

From creating new classes to increasing faculty research, Dr. Andrea Tanner has made a mark on the School of Journalism and Mass Communications during her tenure as director. Now, Tanner is shifting gears.

Broadcast students win big at RTDNA convention

Seven broadcast students were honored with eight awards at the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press convention and awards luncheon.

Morrow Fellows study business journalism at SABEW Fall Conference

Four USC students spent two days in New York City in October learning about business journalism from industry experts and networking with journalists in the city.

Fitzpatrick receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. The award is NCA’s highest honor and recognizes her lifetime study of human communication.

PR Prose: How ethics, the civil society, and PR are inseparable

In her monthly column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how ethics, the disintegration of civility and public relations are connected.

Brook's life in journalism: Front page to back page

Nina Brook has done it all in the world of journalism. She has worked for traditional news outlets, taught journalism at the high school level, and now is an instructor in the J-school. Despite changes in the industry, she still encourages students and her own kids to enter the field.

Testimonial of a CreateAthon@USC volunteer

Students, mentors and professors alike joined together on November 2 to produce complete advertising campaigns for nine nonprofits in the Columbia area. Abe Danaher, a volunteer at the 24 hour CreateAthon affair, tells his story of how the night went.

A killer career

J-school alumnus James Jude Courtney stars alongside actress Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, a sequel to the same-named 1978 slasher film. But you won’t recognize his face. That’s because he plays Michael Myers, the masked murderer who’s inspired nightmares — and Halloween costumes — for the past 40 years.

A 'knack' for production

She may have started out as a pharmacy major, but it didn’t take long for Jessie Knaak to figure out that broadcast journalism was her real calling. Now, she’s racking up Emmy Awards as a producer in the NFL.

To ESPN, and beyond

With hard work and a lucky break, current USC school of journalism student Alyssa Butterson now finds herself on the sideline of Monday Night Football games providing coverage for ESPN.


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