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I-Comm LogoThe 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!

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Ninth 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 keynote speaker.

Andrea TannerThe 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 this trend."

The conference agenda is at http://sc.edu/cmcis/newsplex/FallConf2010/agenda.html. Registration is required.


I-Comm Week VII
Oct. 3-8

I-Comm 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 schedule>)

speakers photosThe 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.

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I-Comm Week VII
Oct. 3-8

 

Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 5
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Make plans to meet your former classmates, faculty and friends for our annual Homecoming celebration on Gibbes Green! SLIS alumna Amanda Brewer will join us as our musician again this year.

Gamecocks on the Green

Amanda Brewer and Cocky entertained Gamecocks of all ages at the 2009 Gamecocks on the Green.

 

 

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