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Brooks Hearn: Rooted in research

Brooks Hearn, a senior public relations manager at Chernoff Newman, reflects on her time at USC as a public relations major and Honors College student and how it shaped her future career.

Graduate looks back on lessons learned at USC

Journalism major Holly Poag discusses her time and experiences at the college and The Daily Gamecock.

Advertising team wins prestigious Mosaic Award

The Advertising Team from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications won the prestigious Mosaic Award at the American Advertising Federation District Three Regional Student Competition for their "You Deserve Better" campaign for the job search platform Indeed.

Faculty honor outstanding SJMC students

Outstanding students were honored at the annual awards reception for excellence in scholarship, creativity and research in the fields of advertising, journalism, mass communications, public relations and visual communications.

Laura Smith wins 2023 Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education

A panel of former Bliss winners unanimously selected Smith, a consummate broadcast educator, based on letters from students, colleagues, and documents supporting an exemplary record of teaching, research, and service.

A photojournalism adventure at the Carolina Cup: The thrill of the chase

Students participating in the Talmadge Moore LeGrand photojournalism workshop at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications photographed the 88th running of the Carolina Cup, a steeplechase racing event in Camden, South Carolina.

Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream

Honors alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.

Alumna writes encouraging words to graduating seniors

Hazel Mathieu (PR, '20) encourages students and new graduates to not lose sight of what's important to them when exploring the different options and routes open to them after college.

Makeup for Manhattan

SJMC graduate Adam Collins has always wanted to move to New York. So with little more than a suitcase and some big city grit, he did. Because of his creative versatility and strong background in visual communications, he landed a design job before he even found an apartment.

SJMC students racking up big wins in national broadcast competitions

Broadcast journalism students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have won major awards in two national competitions: the Hearst Journalism Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Aliyah Boston’s mind is as sharp as her shooting

Reigning women’s college basketball player of the year Aliyah Boston dominates on the court and in the classroom. She jokingly describes herself as an “academic weapon.”

Jelani Cobb to speak at joint symposiums

Jelani Cobb, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, journalist, historian and journalism school dean, will be the keynote speaker for the joint Inclusive Excellence Research Symposium and the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium on March 30-31.

Alumna Erika Ryan is representative of the next generation of storytellers

From editor-in-chief of "Garnet and Black" magazine to interviewing Martin Scorsese, Erika Ryan has left an impression on every newsroom in her career path. The mass communications alumna has explored almost all forms of news media from being a print journalism major to now producing National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."

Contributions of four Black SJMC alumnae commemorated with bricks on Horseshoe

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe. Four of the women are alumnae of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJMC students win big at 2023 AAF Midlands Awards Gala

Best of Show was just one of the many awards students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications brought home from the AAF Midlands American Advertising Awards Gala on Feb. 18, 2023.

Life by the reins

Kristen Terebesi. If you follow USC’s equestrian team, you might recognize the name. Terebesi discovered her passion for horses early and has been turning heads as an equestrian competitor for as long as she can remember.

Seven degree shift

Chris Horn doesn't want to make a big deal about retirement, but the University of South Carolina community will miss him. Horn, who retired in December 2022, has been a mainstay at his alma mater for 34 years.

PR grad Lauren Harper drives political engagement, pitches big tent

Lauren Harper knows what she wants, but she also knows when to pivot. In high school, she planned to pursue a journalism career, but she switched to public relations her freshman year at USC, caught the public service bug then carved her own path.

DIY enthusiasts thrive through difficult times

Chance and Mackenzie Edwards packed a lot of life into a short time period: They got married, went on a honeymoon; he got laid off and they started a business — all during a pandemic. But for the CIC graduates, the struggles led to something they’re now thankful for.

Jack Claypoole gets it done

Jack Claypoole likes to finish things — and there’s always something else that needs finishing. Right now, that means shepherding projects as executive director for strategic initiatives for his alma mater.

Advertising senior named one of the nation's most promising multicultural students

Senior advertising major Amari Edwards was named one of the 50 members of the 2023 class of AAF's Most Promising Multicultural Students.

Arreya donates digital signage software to School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Students taking our digital signage class will benefit from a software donation by Arreya Software which gives them hands-on experience with all areas of digital signage, from design and creation to distribution and scheduling.

PopCorners commercial wins 20th Super Ad Poll

Senior finance major Kevin Judge called it Sunday night at 9:11 p.m., tweeting, "PopCorners with the best ad of the night." Whether reading the room or expressing his personal opinion, he was spot on.

Willingness to take rejection in stride brought an alumna’s dreams to fruition

Growing up, Kimberly Elchlepp, PR 2012, religiously watched sports TV when she wasn’t playing volleyball or softball. She went on to make her sports enthusiasm into a career as a college sports senior publicist for ESPN, but not without a few detours in her career path.

J-school faculty produce and direct independent documentary on Holocaust survivors

Three School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty directed and produced "TRACES, Voices of the Second Generation," which follows 19 children of Holocaust survivors telling their parents' stories and the impact it had on "second-generation survivors."


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