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Social justice award winners work hard for diversity, equity, inclusion

Broadcast journalism major Courtney McClain and two faculty members have been recognized for their work on campus and in the larger community as 2022 Social Justice Award winners.

Alumna’s passion for storytelling leads to prestigious fellowship

From growing up listening to NPR podcasts to now being an NPR Kroc Fellow, mass communications alumna Taylor Jennings-Brown has turned her passion for storytelling into a career.

College mourns death of longtime supporter

Manny Gaetan died Dec. 24, 2021. He was a founding member of the Dean’s Circle Society and invested a lot of his time, talents and financial resources into the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Alumni Spotlight: Christine "Lizzie" Howell discusses running the social media platforms of the oldest engineering society in America

The social media presence of the oldest and one of the most prestigious engineering organizations, the American Society of Civil Engineers, is in the hands of University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna Lizzie Howell.

Screening for effect — Study finds correlation between smartphone usage, well-being

When Robert McKeever and a colleague launched a smartphone usage study in 2017, they timed it to coincide with an update of Apple’s iOS that for the first time tracked weekly screen time.

South Carolina tourism is growing. Here's why.

The recovery of the South Carolina tourism industry from the impact of the coronavirus is the result, in large part, of the popularity of its beaches and destinations like Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, according to a new analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina.

Going the extra mile for literacy

Cocky's Reading Express celebrates 15 years of cultivating literacy in South Carolina.

Contemplating the library of the future

Alumnus Jason Broughton discusses his new post at the Library of Congress and emerging trends in library and information science.

Leaning into Augusta Baker's Legacy: Nicole Cooke creating diversity infrastructure at the iSchool

Scanning Nicole Cooke's list of accomplishments at the School of Information Science, it's hard to believe she has only been at South Carolina for two years. Cooke recently discussed the new projects she's shepherding at the iSchool.

How do viewers feel about broadcasters working from home? They don’t hate it, a study finds

In a Poynter interview, assistant professor Kirstin Pellizzaro discusses an experiment she conducted to determine whether stations should consider letting journalists report from home.

CreateAthon@UofSC wraps up its seventh year

While pulling a late night is an all-too-familiar feat for many college students, J-school students participating in this year’s CreateAthon@UofSC proved themselves to be caffeine-fueled, all-nighter experts.

Saving lives through social media

Dr. Brett Robertson, new to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is definitely not new to the field of communication. His research aims to serve a greater purpose — to aid those impacted by natural disasters and encourage people to prepare for them.

Building a culturally competent librarian workforce

Diversity, equity and inclusion have been woven into the School of Library and Information Science since it was founded 50 years ago. But we took stock of some notable examples of the iSchool’s progress in hiring, outreach and strategic programs.

Studying the dangers of health misinformation

With misinformation concerning the COVID-19 vaccine swirling on social media, it’s important to find the best ways to communicate health risks to the public. Associate professor Jungmi Jun is researching just that at the College of Information and Communications.

Chief Keef changed the music industry – and it’s time he gets the credit he deserves

A lot could be gained by not overlooking the creativity and ingenuity of teens and young adults like drill music vanguard Chief Keef. Journalism and mass communications professor Jabari Evans writes for The Conversation that drill subculture arose out the ways Chicago's Black youth navigate violence and poverty by innovating within social media.

To social media and beyond

Technology changes at lightning speed, and SJMC assistant professor Kirstin Pellizzaro is working to better understand how journalism is evolving to keep pace with it. Read more about Pellizzaro’s research in this profile by Honors College freshman and broadcast journalism major Griffin Goodwyn.

Sophomore vis comm student named Freeman-ASIA Scholar

Visual communications sophomore Chloe (Hui) Penaflor will be seeing classes in a totally different light next semester when she exchanges the J-school halls for that of Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea.

Librarians help students navigate an age of misinformation – but schools are cutting their numbers

The number of school librarians in the United States has dropped about 20 percent over the past decade, and research shows access to school librarians has become a major educational equity issue. Karen Gavigan, information science professor, writes for The Conversation about the impact school librarians have on student achievement.

Students receive awards from two professional organizations

University of South Carolina students and recent graduates once again swept the annual South Carolina Press Association collegiate awards and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards.

New faculty spotlight: Jabari Evans

Jabari Evans is an assistant professor of race and media in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He earned his doctorate in media, technology and society from Northwestern University after a 10-year career as a hip-hop artist.

Hot off the press

The 2021 CIC award-winning alumni magazine, InterCom, has arrived in mailboxes and can be read online and downloaded as a pdf.

Podcast bridges the gap between students, real-world opportunities

Visual communications instructor Jason Porter knows his students are deserving of the dream jobs they’ve worked hard to prepare for. That’s why he makes careers more accessible to them by welcoming guest speakers into his classroom. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person classes in spring 2020, Porter launched his Let’s Get a Job podcast as a way to continue sharing guest speakers with students.

Coronavirus conversations - revealing a world of difference

A new analysis of Coronavirus conversations by the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina shows significant differences between attitudes in the Arab world compared to Europe and the United States. The lab studied more than 870 million posts spanning 19 months.

Journalism through numbers: Alumna tells stories with statistics

If you turned to the internet for insights leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with vis comm alumna Anna Wiederkehr’s work.

UNESCO announces plans at international forum to establish UofSC chair

UofSC and UNESCO announced an agreement in principle Friday to establish a chair in the College of Information and Communications, pending approval from the Board of Trustees.


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