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UofSC announces international forum to discuss global issues

Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and University of South Carolina Interim President Harris Pastides will headline "Information Saves Lives," an international forum on media freedom, disinformation and hunger, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.

In memoriam: Jarvis "Jay" Latham

Jay Latham trained journalists for 25 years as a member of the broadcast faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Four-hundred ninety-two

Dean Reichert discusses the online teaching challenges COVID-19 brought, as well as the many accomplishments it inspired despite everything.

Lost and found

When she was a college freshman, Elise Lewis learned firsthand what happens when a student gets lost in the shuffle of a big university. Now, as faculty principal of the Capstone Scholars Program, Lewis is keen on getting students connected with one another and university resources.

True grit

MMC and health communication certificate alumna Sara Sinclair wants to help people live a healthy lifestyle and improve their food mindset through her business, Get Gritty Nutrition. 

CreateAthon@UofSC announces 2021 nonprofits

Six deserving nonprofits and about 100 students are gearing up for the eighth annual CreateAthon@UofSC, a 24-hour event where Gamecocks donate their time and talent to help deserving nonprofits.

New book puts children in driver's seat for navigating information highway

Children have the internet at their fingertips with phones and tablets, but the ability to discern what’s fact and what’s fiction hasn’t kept pace with advances in technology and accessibility. Faculty and staff in the college are working to bridge that knowledge gap with a children’s book about news literacy.

A promising future

Advertising alumnus Johnathon Fuerte's future looks bright. Fuerte, who graduated in May, was named one of the American Advertising Federation's Most Promising Multicultural Students for 2021.

Tori Richman scores big at the Super Bowl

Nearly 6 million Americans gathered to watch the 2021 Super Bowl as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought home the title. But as most people watched from their TVs, SJMC alumna Tori Richman watched through her camera lens on the sideline.

Quick Takes - Summer 2021

News and notes from the College of Information and Communications, which includes debunking deepfakes, a new breed of teaching assistants (canine) and information about insects to the iSchool.

Interns write chapter in Digital Collections story

If every picture tells a story, what do one million pictures have to say? That is the question Tami Blumenfield Kedar and Cindy Garcia-Rivas, MLIS students and interns at University Libraries Digital Collections department, are trying to answer.

Her Adidas: Global marketing executive Vicky Free talks diversity, equity, inclusion

Broadcast journalism alumna Vicky Free was named vice president for global marketing at Adidas in 2020. Free focuses on marketing strategies, but the ethos of diversity, equity and inclusion informs her thinking every step of the way.

In memoriam: David Weintraub

Former School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty member David Weintraub died Aug. 25, 2021.

Gamecock football players find success in the classroom

Information science major Jovaughn Gwyn is one of the players featured in this article whose on-the-field discipline pays off in academic pursuits.

How public health partnerships are encouraging COVID-19 vaccination

The SJMC’s Brooke McKeever and other researchers explain how they’re teaming up with nonprofits and other organizations to encourage more people to get these potentially lifesaving shots.

CIC offering students free Adobe Creative Cloud

All College of Information and Communications majors will now have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, a collection of more than 20 desktop and mobile apps, including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro.

Student Spotlight: Alli McCraw

Senior Alli McCraw is building her resume one internship at a time. And in the process, she’s learning skills that will help her hit the ground running when she graduates.

Visual communications students recognized by international organization

School of Journalism and Mass Communications visual communications students will be honored for excellence in design at the 2021 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication virtual conference on Aug. 4.

Alyssa Lang is a rising star at ESPN. Her time in Columbia helped her get there

The State newspaper spotlights 2015 J-school alumna Alyssa Lang, who is making a name for herself in sports broadcasting.

Students dive into digital media at inaugural CIC academy

The Media Innovation Academy offered a slate of cutting-edge courses students could take for credit or just for fun, including drone filming, multimedia sports storytelling and podcasting. And thanks to a partnership with creative industry leader Adobe, participants also had access to Adobe software and training.

The Superwoman of the CIC

Since joining the CIC in 2018, student services manager Rachel Acosta has left a lasting impression on countless students and faculty.

Fulfilling a childhood dream

As a child, Meg O’Malley worked in a chocolate shop. Now, this 2016 public relations graduate is using her marketing and social media skills to promote her own sweet business.

Researcher helps provide better health information to marginalized communities

In just four years at the college, Vanessa Kitzie has made quite a name for herself as a researcher. She focuses on how information institutions like libraries can better serve LGBTQIA+ people and communities, particularly in South Carolina.

High-flying photography

Van Kornegay is teaching visual communications students how to fly without ever leaving the ground. The new course will teach students to operate camera-equipped drones that have become a go-to tool in documentary making, news gathering, infrastructure inspection, real estate marketing and more.

The winning shot

Getting published is par for the course in our visual communications program. Check out award-winning photography from Van Kornegay's portfolio class. Students focused on Gamecock sports for the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine photo contest, sponsored by the Talmadge Moore LeGrand Photojournalism Endowed Scholarship Fund.


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