We heard from Connor Watkins, 2012 public relations grad, the
"Before you start reading this email, you should look at my address
and begin clapping your hands in applause," he wrote in a note
to My Carolina Alumni Association. "While 85 percent of graduates
are moving home to live with their parents, I am a part of the
blessed 15 percent who are working!"
Applause, indeed, for Connor, who is now the marketing and communications
coordinator for the South Carolina Bar Foundation here in Columbia.
He also had good things to say about his Carolina experience: "I
was able to march with the Mighty Sound of the Southeast, record
a CD for the nation's leading classical music label, lead the university's
Public Relations Student Society of America chapter as president
and perform seven concerts in seven different cities in China!"
I look forward to hearing more about his work with the foundation
funding community grants.
I've been getting regular tweets from Josh Dawsey, also a May
grad, whose journalism career took a giant first step to the Wall
Street Journal and Dow Jones newswire. Josh occasionally marvels
at the difference from his home town of Aynor: "On A train, couple
pulls out lawn chairs and has a picnic in aisle. At 125th St.,
man is doing pushups on platform as he awaits train. #NYC"
Another new journalism grad, Derek Legette, is studying and blogging
from Russia this summer at http://derek-scstudyabroad.tumblr.com/.
Derek, working on his language skills, recounts one conversation
he had with a Russian: "I asked him if he liked Putin. He
said 'no,' and something was 'bad' and 'a lot of work.' But he
did like Obama."
Others have messaged they are off to law school, grad school and
jobs across a scattered landscape. I hope Connor Watkins' 85/15
percentages are off and many more of our newest alumni have taken
a definitive next step on their career paths.
One of our greatest challenges is keeping track of our thousands
of alumni, especially those with frequent early career moves. We
want to hear from you to know where you are and what you are doing.
We want you to be able to hear from us to keep up with what we
are doing. We want to grow the "Alumni Notes" section in our twice-a-year
issues of InterCom. Share your moves and successes with us. Contact
Elaine Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org or Annie Lambert email@example.com.
Keep up with the plans and progress for building a new home for
the School of Journalism and Mass Communications by visiting
our new home page. The new site includes video, a timeline of
events as they evolve, floor plans, architectural renderings
and even a blog. Check it out and let us know what you think. Visit
USC Helps Develop New Media in Russia
A team from Newsplex, the college's multimedia news laboratory,
journeyed to Moscow State University in June to train Russian academics
on the concepts and techniques of convergent journalism. The workshop
was part of a grant in coordination with the International Research & Exchanges
Board (IREX). Journalism faculty from Moscow State University and
others across Russia participated in the workshops. The Russians
produced audio stories, created slide shows and shot video using
small Kodak flip cameras.
"We've been doing these workshops for almost a decade, and
this was one of the most successful we've ever done," said
Newsplex Director Randy Covington, who headed a training team that
included visual communications instructor Scott Farrand and former
Newsplex resource coordinator Jordan Ellis. The team designed the
training modules, which were then translated into Russian.
One Russian participant produced a slideshow documenting the week.
Watch it here
Gavigan Shares Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published
Dr. Karen Gavigan, SLIS assistant professor, along with Gail Dickinson
and Shana Pribesh from Old Dominion University, received the Jesse
H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for their article, "The
Access Gap: Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media
Centers," published in The Library Quarterly 81(2): 143-160,
The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research
is given to the author(s) of the best research article published
in English during the previous calendar year and nominated by any
member of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT), or by editors
of research journals in the field of library and information studies.
The award was given by the American Library Association at its
annual conference, which was held this June in Anaheim, CA.
Forde wins James W. Carey Award
Journalism professor Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde is a winner of the
2012 James W. Carey Media Research Award along with Dr. Katherine
A. Foss of Middle Tennessee State University.
Forde and Foss co-authored
the article "'The Facts — the Color! — the Facts':
The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910," which
appears in the 2012 edition of Book History. The award is
given by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research,
and will be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago this month.
On her blog, Forde
says the article "explores what producers and observers of
the late nineteenth and early twentieth century American print
marketplace understood an appropriate report of the world to be
and how social forces and cultural values shaped this understanding." Visit
Fisher's Blog Chosen as one of Top 40
Journalism senior instructor Doug Fisher's blog, Common Sense
Journalism, is among the "40 Best Blogs for Journalism Students" named
by the Online Education Database.
Other blogs on the list are National
Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists,
and CNN's iReport. See the full list here
Pillars for Carolina Freshmen Get Involved with Cocky's Reading
Pillars for Carolina, which focuses on getting
freshmen involved on campus before they start school in the
fall, introduced the incoming students to the university's
community service role through Cocky's Reading Express during
the July event.
The students helped Cocky read to and interact
with area schoolchildren.
The Summer I Fell In Love . . . With New York City
By Jade Unser
Spending time in New York City is something many young college-almost-professionals
set their sights on. It's the mecca of the business, design, and
fashion world, and in one NYC block there's more culture and vibrancy
than a mile in any other city in the world. Visiting New York City
while you're in college and not yet jaded by the harsh winters,
callous personalities, and precipitous cost of living will give
you the perfect taste of the best city on earth. Well, at least
it did for me.
I was awarded the Jon P. Wardrip scholarship, named after USC's
late advertising professor. Professor Wardrip initiated the New
York City Advertising Maymester about 15 years ago, giving eager
advertising students the chance to see firsthand what it is like
to work in the fast-paced advertising, media and marketing industries.
Professor Karen Mallia, who has worked in New York City as an advertising
professional, gave us honest (sometimes brutally honest) advice
on everything from where to eat and how to hold your bag to discourage
a pickpocket to what types of questions we should be asking during
our meetings. Our itinerary included the offices of major advertising
powerhouses such as Saatchi & Saatchi, mcgarrybowen, RGA, Ogilvy,
Ion Television, Mcann New York, Conde Nast and others.
Our small group of 16 southern college seniors got a true New
York experience, including dirty subway rides, ending up at Columbus
Circle when you're supposed to be in East Village, getting lost
in Chinatown at midnight, and discovering one of your roommates
being "held hostage" at a street vendor's gyro stand because she
didn't have enough money to pay him . . . at 4 in the morning.
But all rookie mistakes aside, I walked away from New York more
in love and inspired than I have ever been in my life. As I walked
from meeting to meeting in fabulous shoes that I once considered
being a gift from the gods, my feet were soon telling me otherwise.
We chatted with advertising executives, took notes, asked questions,
and even wined and dined with NYC professionals. We learned that
this career path is a difficult one with a lot of stress, a lot
of risk, yet still exciting.
As I rubbed elbows with advertising and marketing executives in
New York, I learned that these new connections will be more than
obliging in less than 12 short months. For instance, USC alumnus
Jason Wagenheim, the VP/Publisher of Teen Vogue and also a former
protégé of Professor Wardrip, opened the door to my
dream job. Visiting the Conde Nast headquarters in Times Square
was the best part of the Maymester for me, an aspiring young writer.
The exceedingly fast paced movements of the city impeccably intertwine
themselves into a giant blur of lights, sounds and people. It's
almost as if New York is one continuous period of time that rivals
the concept of a 24-hour day. I find inspiration in the bright
lights and the people's stories. And how the sounds of the hustle
and bustle of everyone's daily routine can turn an idea, a dream,
South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy
Camp Read-a-Rama, for ages 4-11, uses children's literature as
a springboard for hands-on and outdoor education. Campers will
swim, participate in other outdoor activities, and take several
field trips. More
information and registration
The Storytelling Experience Featuring John McCutcheon
Thursday, September 6,
4:30 - 8 p.m.
Children's book author, storyteller, and musical artist John McCutcheon
will present a storytelling workshop for librarians and educators
and a storytelling program for all ages.