The seventh celebration of I-Comm Week is taking
place Oct. 3-8 across the Columbia campus. This year, we thought
we’d subtly add the Roman numeral to our logo. Nothing
too ostentatious. Think of it as an icon of confidence in our
reliability and durability.
Over the years, I-Comm Week has been a movable
feast of ideas celebrating all of the college’s disciplines in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
and the School of Library and Information Science. It was the idea of Dr. Shirley
Staples Carter, then journalism school director. Initially, I-Comm Week coincided
with the university’s spring showcase on the Horseshoe, an event now history.
This year it’s taking place in the fall. We feel this is a better time
to engage students and the broader community on and off campus. There will be
events in Davis College and the Coliseum, but also in the new Hollings Library,
the Moore School of Business, the Public Health Research Center, the Law School
and Russell House.
Alumni, faculty and professionals will share
their perspectives on everything from politics to cartoons — CNN’s
Candy Crowley and our artist alumnus Paul Jon Boscacci. True,
some politics is cartoonish; some is not at all funny.
Right on the heels of I-Comm Week is our ninth
annual media convergence conference, Oct. 11-12. Just 9th,
not IX. We don’t want to overdo it. Journalism faculty
members Augie Grant and Andrea Tanner have crafted a program with special attention
given to “Science, Health and New Dimensions of Communication” that
draws on our interdisciplinary interest in health information and communication.
It’s a fascinating and busy time in the college. And there’s no catching
our breath on the one day between the I-Comm and convergence events when USC
plays Alabama at Williams Brice. Go Gamecocks!
Annual Media Convergence Conference: "Science, Health
and New Dimensions of Communication"
This year’s annual convergence conference will focus
on health and science communication. The conference is co-sponsored
by the USC's Science and Health Communication Research Group
and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and will
take place October 11-12, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is Monday’s
The two-day event will provide a forum for the presentation
of research regarding science and health communication, particularly
how science and health messages can be effectively communicated
to the public through new media and technology.
"Convergent journalism and science and health communication
are two of our school’s biggest strengths when it comes
to research, so it was a natural fit to combine the two and
emphasize science and health communication at this year’s
conference," says conference co-chair Andrea Tanner. "Just
as mass communicators are continuing to research how new media
have an impact on the way journalists tell stories and how
audiences receive these stories, health communication researchers
are experimenting with how to harness the power of mobile media
and social media to reach consumers with important health messages.
The research presented at this year’s conference reflects
The conference agenda is at http://sc.edu/cmcis/newsplex/FallConf2010/agenda.html.
Registration is required.
I-Comm Week VII
Week VII begins Sunday! We’re bringing noted professionals
in the information science and mass communications fields to
campus to share their knowledge and expertise with our students,
alumni and community partners.
Please join us for the College’s seventh annual I-Comm
Week, and invite your friends and coworkers, too. We’ve
listed some highlights below, and you can check the full schedule
of 22 sessions on our web site. (See
The School of Library and Information Science kicks off the
week on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3 with a close-up look at the
Augusta Baker collection in the Irwin Department of Rare Books
and Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library. The afternoon
festivities continue with storytelling, children’s literature
and tours of the historic Horseshoe.
Monday’s lineup includes New Orleans Times-Picayune
photojournalist Ted Jackson, who will share his Pulitzer Prize
winning Hurricane Katrina photographs. Former CNN Pentagon
correspondent Jamie McIntyre, joining a SJMC faculty panel,
will discuss the recent WikiLeaks case. Also on Monday, a panel
of experts at SLIS will delve into our cultural heritage.
The day ends at the new Ernest Hollings Library at Thomas
Cooper. We’ll hear alumna Rita Cosby tell her moving
story of her father’s service in the Polish Uprising
in World War II, as well as his confinement in concentration
camps. Barnes and Noble will sell her books and Rita will sign
copies for you after her lecture.
On Tuesday, SLIS will hold two panels. The first highlights
the impact of our alumni on their communities, and the second
explores the challenges of distance education. Meanwhile, the
J-school will host Dr. Glen Nowak, Director of News and Electronic
Media at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In
separate sessions, Dr. Nowak will discuss health communications
and how CDC uses social media and measures their effectiveness.
Wednesday opens with a look at the issues surrounding e-publishing,
and continues with a lively discussion about the R.U.L.E. of
advertising. Alumnus Jay King and his attorney John Rollins
Jr. will talk about their role in a recent Freedom of Information
Act criminal case.
CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor Candy
Crowley will deliver the annual Buchheit Lecture Wednesday
evening. Her lecture, “What Happened to the Politics
of Hope? A Forecast for 2010 and 2012,” will be in the
Belk Auditorium at the Moore School of Business at 7 p.m.
Thursday brings the first Baldwin Lecture on business journalism,
made possible by an endowment established by journalism alumnus
Ken Baldwin. Michelle Leder, founder and editor of footnoted.org,
will talk about business journalism and financial literacy.
The School of Library and Information Science plans a session
highlighting its faculty’s research initiatives. Alumnus
and syndicated Fort Knox cartoonist Paul Jon Boscacci will
share his journey from Carolina to the comics pages.
Journalism student organizations IABC, PRSSA and SAF have
gathered a panel of experts to guide students through the resume
and portfolio process on Thursday evening in the Russell House.
In a partnership with the Society of American Business Editors
and Writers, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
will host a panel of noted business journalists on Friday at
noon. And SLIS wraps things up for us on Friday afternoon with
Communities of Aspiration, one of a series of four lectures
by Dr. David Carr’s lecture.
We look forward to seeing you during I-Comm Week VII.