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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.

What goes into a disaster kit and go-bag?

Mass communications assistant professor Brett Robertson offers guidance in The Conversation on preparing for hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

SJMC announces search for data journalism professional-track instructor

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of South Carolina invites applications for a professional-track Instructor position starting immediately.

A leg up

For first- generation college graduate Emily Chavez, '19, being one of the first of three University of South Carolina students to earn the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations has given her resume an invaluable edge.

Teachers of the year

Teacher of the Year recipients Erin Long and Shelley Ward are prime examples of librarians who exercise their education in many more ways than logging book checkouts.

Reaching more patients in need

SJMC alumnus Murray Howard worked with The Carolina Agency, the school's student-run PR agency, to create a strategic communications plan for UofSC's Aphasia Lab.

A chance on education

Alumnus Larry Thomas says he could have done a lot of things with his gifts to the university, but that there was no doubt he wanted to invest in underrepresented students.

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.

Research rabbit holes

With boundless information at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost in curiosity. A simple search can lead to a page, which leads to another, which leads to several more until you're 10 tabs deep and 45 minutes short. MLIS alumna Jenna Strawbridge channels this same unique, relentless curiosity daily — and she's lucky enough to call it her career.

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.

From the city of dreams to the city that never sleeps

SJMC alumnae Jordan Grimmesey and Kathryn Stoudemire brought a piece of the University of South Carolina with them by moving together to New York City.

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. 

Public relations to politics

When she graduated in December 2019, public relations major Claire Robinson jumped into the political big leagues — and The Carolina Agency played a part in helping her get there.

A lasting impact

After 20 years of teaching, Lisa Sisk has proven that she will leave not only a lasting impact on her students but also on the university. The SJMC and many alumni made the decision to honor Sisk by naming her office after her.

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.


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