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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies


Outreach

Newsplex

Newsplex is the college’s initiative to define and demonstrate best practices for the future of journalism and strategic communication. Newsplex has an international reputation as a center for the study of new media techniques.

What We Do

Newsplex offers consulting services and training programs to a worldwide client base, generally focusing on the areas of newsroom organization and operation.

In 2014, Newsplex is conducting six seminars across Russia, four on best practices for the use of social media and two on investigative reporting. The project is funded by the U.S. government and follows an earlier initiative in which Newsplex created an entire online course in Russian on convergent journalism.

Professional Training

Newsplex, created in 2002 through a partnership with what is now known as the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has worked with some of the leading news organizations in the world. 

The Newsplex client list is a virtual who’s who of the world’s media companies, including The Financial Times in London, The Daily Nation in Nairobi, El Tiempo in Bogota and many more.

Strategic Communication

The same techniques and practices that are relevant to professional journalists also are important to strategic communicators.

The Newsplex client list also includes the United Nations, NATO, the U.S. Department of Defense and many others.  In South Carolina, Newsplex has done training programs for the South Carolina and Columbia Chambers of Commerce, the South Carolina Municipal Association and the South Carolina Hospital Association.  

Academic Programs

Newsplex is more than a professional training facility.  It also leads classes on convergent journalism for high school as well as college students. 

Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation through the Central Carolina Community Foundation, Newsplex oversaw an innovative initiative in which students from the University of South Carolina and Benedict College were paired with senior citizens to produce multi media content for a website done in conjunction with Columbia’s State newspaper.  The initiative is called BG TIME, which stands for Bridging Generations through Technology, Information Media and Engagement.  With the expiration of the grant, the website is being maintained by South Carolina’s State Office on Aging.