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  • 2023 Recap

    2023 Recap

    2023 went by so quickly. Watch some of what we experienced in the CIC.

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How one county is reimagining libraries, from teaching kitchens to woodworking shops

Melanie Huggins (MLIS, '95) and the Richland Library are featured on national television for serving as a national leader in reimagining the library's place in the community.

Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire

Jan Smoak, SJMC alumna and Honors College assistant dean (‘89 journalism, ‘91 Master of Education), was recognized with the 2024 USC Outstanding Staff Award.

Nicole Cooke honored for a career spent working to improve diversity in librarianship

Early on, Cooke realized libraries, and more specifically librarians, did not always represent the diverse groups of people who made up their community. She has spent her career working to change that.

Linwan Wu: Merging human insights with artificial intelligence

The CIC associate dean of research is dedicated to investigating consumer reactions to the use of artificial intelligence in advertising and strategic communication.

Pop-up exhibit honors Augusta Baker's legacy

Nicole Cooke, Ph.D. and the Digital Collections team at Thomas Cooper Library put together a pop-up exhibit for the 5th Annual Augusta Baker Lecture to celebrate and highlight the work and progress the iSchool/Digital Collections students have made with the collection over the past five years.

Going Pro in Data and Communication

The Master of Data and Communication graduated its first class in May. Learn more about this flexible, fully online program created for professionals who want to update their skills and students who want the most up-to-date skills as they enter the job market.

Drake’s beef with Kendrick Lamar isn’t nearly as important as his tiff with Tupac Shakur’s estate over using the dead rapper’s voice

Jabari M. Evans writes in The Conversation about AI developments which strike at the heart of technology, music and the law.

Visual communications student wins national logo design competition

Senior visual communications major and Honors College student Callie Hribar brought home top honors in the logo design competition sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Following Her Calling: How Mechelle Lewis Freeman is inspiring the next generation of female athletes

A U.S. Olympian and Gamecock track and field sprinter, Freeman is using her experience as an athlete and J-school student to provide opportunities to young women across the country through the sport of track and field.

A communicative business partnership

The Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Information and Communications are collaborating to offer direct admissions into select Moore School master’s programs for CIC undergrads and CIC master’s programs for Moore School undergrads.

Powering the state, empowering its citizens

Journalism alumnus Jim Stuckey, ‘89, continues his family's 150-year legacy of public service and activism.

USC journalism alum wins second Pulitzer

Josh Dawsey, a 2012 University of South Carolina journalism graduate, added a second quill to his Pulitzer cap when he and his Washington Post colleagues received the 2024 national reporting prize for a series of articles exploring America’s gun history and culture.

The world takes note of press freedom

UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day on May 3 prompted a global social media conversation on issues of media freedom and journalist safety, according to an analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina.

Raising fans of reading: South Carolina mascot tackles illiteracy

The scene plays and replays across South Carolina. Garnet and black loving fans bouncing on their feet, cheering with unbridled delight. Other fans, notably subdued, sport orange and purple to claim even the smallest ground inside the rolling wave of University of South Carolina spirit.

Nicole A. Cooke wins the Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, is the 2024 recipient of the award, sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship.

College mourns death of former dean

The College of Information and Communications mourns the death of Fred W. Roper, professor and dean emeritus. Roper died on April 30, 2024.

Beyond books

Libraries adapt to enrich their communities by providing equitable access to information, resources and connection. iSchool alumni discuss the role of libraries in their community.

Student’s report prompts national change

A national energy drink maker has pledged to stop marketing to young adults after the Carolina News and Reporter revealed that some users said the tonic made them addicted and destroyed their health, bank accounts and relationships with loved ones.

Real-world opportunities: Capstone program prepares students for life after graduation

A freshman journalism student, who will one day take the journalism capstone course, interviewed students in this year's class about their experiences covering the South Carolina Republican Primary.

CIC alumna A’ja Wilson named among Time’s 100 most influential people of 2024

A 2018 graduate, Gamecock women’s basketball great and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson was named to TIME100, the magazine’s annual list of most influential people.

Carolina News and Reporter journalists take top SC honors

Seven multi-media journalists took three first-place awards for video, arts and entertainment writing and news photography in the South Carolina Press Association contest.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications marks centennial with festivities and fundraising efforts

To honor and celebrate its history and achievements, the school organized a series of events for alumni, current students and supporters, with opportunities for donations to support future initiatives.

The Carolina Cup in photos

Students participating in the Talmadge Moore LeGrand photojournalism workshop at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in March photographed the 89th running of the Carolina Cup, a steeplechase racing event in Camden, South Carolina.

SJMC faculty recognize outstanding students at annual awards ceremony

Students from all majors and degree programs were recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom and in outside endeavors by the faculty and staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Student creative projects head to national competition

Creative projects by advertising and visual communications students progress to nationals after winning big at the AAF District 3 of the American Advertising Federation annual competition.


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