University of South Carolina

I-Comm to address communication in a changing world Oct. 3 - 6

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Each year the University of South Carolina brings hot topics to the forefront and addresses the latest changes in the world of multi-media journalism and information communication during its I-Comm Week.

This year, the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies is bringing communicators who are tops in their field to campus Oct. 3 – 6 to discuss topics ranging from trends in broadcast news and the latest in information technology to censorship, open-source information and war reporting.

This year’s lineup will feature Craig Melvin, an anchor with MSNBC; David Axe, a war correspondent and graphic novelist; Stephen Brown, managing director of Atlanta public relations firm Cohn & Wolfe; Dr. Barbara Jones, a director with the American Library Association; and Leslie Mitchell, vice president of intelligence operations for Information International Assoc.

Most events are free and open to the public.

The week spotlights the disciplines of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies’ two schools: Journalism and Mass Communications and Library and Information Science.

Below is a schedule of I-Comm events for the public. Details are available on the college website.

Monday, Oct. 3

• 8:40 – 9:55 a.m. Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Corp. and USC alumna, will discuss how her education has impacted her career.

• 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. and 4 – 5:15 p.m. Stephen Brown, managing director of Cohn & Wolf, will present a talk titled “Dispatches from the Front Lines of National PR Agency Life.”

• 7 – 8:30 p.m. Brown will join public relations and advertising professionals from Columbia for a panel discussion on changes in communication. It is hosted by the student chapters of IABC, PRSSA and Ad Club.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

• 11 a.m. – noon. Dr. Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, will join Jay Bender, a USC journalism and law professor, to discuss censorship.

• 2 – 3 p.m. USC professors Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde and Dr. Jennifer Marshall will present a talk titled “Truth, Lies and Historical Accountability: Journalists and Archivists in the Service of Social Justice.”

• 4 – 5 p.m. Leslie Mitchell, vice president of intelligence operations for Information International Associates, will discuss the importance of open source intelligence in a post- 9/11 world.

• 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. War correspondent and graphic novelist David Axe will discuss his work as a correspondent. His talk, titled “Selling War,” and the reception afterward are sponsored by the Free Times.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

• 2 – 2:45 p.m. USC professor Dr. Elise Lewis will highlight a recently acquired scanner that enables USC researchers and staff to create 3-D images of artifacts and art objects. Users can manipulate an object on a computer, view each side and learn more information about it than any traditional photograph could provide. The Arius 3-D scanner is the only one in the United States, putting USC at the forefront of digitization.

• 3 – 4 p.m. Two USC professors will highlight developments in media and information and technology. Dr. Ron Brown will discuss his research on the effectiveness of games as learning tools in libraries, and Dr. Augie Grant will discuss trends in media and information technology.

• 7 – 8:30 p.m. Craig Melvin, MSNBC anchor, NBC correspondent and former WIS-TV anchor, will discuss how technology and viewer tastes are changing broadcast news.

Thursday, Oct. 6

• 2 - 5 p.m. Learn about the latest communication trends from USC students. Magellan Scholar Megan Coker will discuss her research project at 2 p.m. After a poster session, which will take place from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., six doctoral students will discuss their research from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Sisk at or Dr. Kendra Albright at


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Posted: 10/03/11 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 10/13/11 @ 1:20 PM | Permalink