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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.

Library Journal names iSchool alumna to class of 2021 Movers & Shakers

Christina Fuller-Gregory was one of 46 individuals honored for moving the profession forward. She was chosen for her advocacy for justice and commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of librarianship.

Robertson wins top dissertation award

SJMC assistant professor Brett Robertson has won the 2021 W. Charles Redding Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association’s Organizational Communication Division.

iSchool leadership changes announced

School of Information Science Director David Lankes will leave the University of South Carolina this summer for an endowed professorship at the University of Texas School of Information. He has led the iSchool since 2016. Professor Karen Gavigan will return from retirement to serve as interim director beginning July 16.

Free speech wasn’t so free 103 years ago, when ‘seditious’ and ‘unpatriotic’ speech was criminalized in the US

Media law and ethics assistant professor Eric P. Robinson writes for The Conversation about the continuing conflict between patriotism and free expression.

iSchool alumna's new book gives children with limb differences a character like themselves

School media specialist Alexis Cannon Hale (2010 MLIS) was disappointed when she found out about the underrepresentation of limb loss in children's literature. Her discovery inspired her to write "It's Me, Zoey!" starring her daughter as the main character.

College mourns former dean of journalism school

The college mourns the death of Judy VanSlyke Turk, the eighth dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, who died in Richmond, Virginia, on May 2 after a long illness.

Taking risks and following dreams

Public relations major Contessa Davis will graduate from the University of South Carolina a whole year early, but the impact she’s had through her many leadership roles will leave a mark long after she’s gone.

World Press Freedom Day ignites social media conversations

Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world stopped what they were doing this week to reflect on the importance of media freedom.

Annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture held virtually

The School of Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards ceremony on April 23. The annual event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held virtually this year with former deans Fred Roper and Dan Barron among those in attendance.

Back on the cutting edge: Scott Farrand re-embraces Apple technology

Scott Farrand is no stranger to innovative technology. The visual communications instructor beta-tested and helped develop the first version of MacDraw, Adobe Illustrator and FreeHand drawing programs for the Macintosh. But after spending some time on the cutting edge, he decided to disappear. Now, he's back.

It was an award-winning week

It was a very good week for journalism and mass communications students competing in regional competitions. Teams and individual students racked up a variety of awards from advertising, public relations and journalism organizations.

iSchool Innovators: Jonah Rotholz

Jonah Rotholz, who made headlines last year after he and Nick Jeffcoat won the undergraduate division of The Proving Ground, shares how his information science major prepared him to become an entrepreneur and offers advice to students hoping to follow in his footsteps.

CIC honors undergraduate students

For the second year in a row, the College of Information and Communications was unable to host its annual Awards Day ceremony, but that didn’t stop faculty from honoring the school’s best and brightest undergraduate students. Winners from both schools were recognized in a Virtual Awards Day celebration on April 15.

Broadcast senior wins first place in BEA hard news contest

When broadcast journalism major Ward Jolles tied for first place in the Broadcast Education Association's Faculty Festival of Media Arts in March, he didn't expect to win. That's because he didn't even know he was nominated.

COVID-19 impact: Navigating communications during the pandemic

Brooke McKeever, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, discusses how we have worked through the communications challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student spotlight: Alyssa Bunting

Senior Alyssa Bunting is someone you should know around Davis College. Armed with a passion for research, an interest in the intersections of information science and geography and more than a few scholarships and awards to her name, Bunting brings a lot to the iSchool community.

RCLC Albers Fellow shares research on social justice in graphic novels

Thanks to a Carnegie Whitney grant from the American Library Association, Karen Gavigan has created a website for librarians looking to use graphic novels as a means of fostering meaningful discussion on social justice issues with young adults.

David Lankes awarded Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

David Lankes, iSchool director, was recognized for his 30 years of visionary leadership in reference services; for his national leadership in virtual reference; for his ongoing work in expanding reference services to build stronger communities; and for his excellence as a scholar.

Student spotlight: Anntwanette "Netty" Sulton

As a child, Anntwanette “Netty” Sultan volunteered at libraries with the goal of one day working in one. Now in her final year as an information science student at the University of South Carolina, she’s one step closer to turning that dream into reality.

UofSC students win creative awards

Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored with 14 awards at the virtual American Advertising Awards gala. Check out our winners in print, interactive and broadcast media.

What we miss about misinformation: Q&A with Dr. Nicole Cooke

Library Journal caught up with Cooke to discuss what librarians need to know about how misinformation and disinformation work in the modern era and how they can be combated effectively.

Researchers to help LGBTQIA+ populations navigate barriers to health information

Health disparities are common in LGBTQIA+ populations, in part because discrimination makes health information harder to come by. Over the next two years, a team of researchers from the School of Information Science and Arnold School of Public Health will collaborate to recruit, learn from and develop specialized training for LGBTQIA+ community health workers.

iSchool Social Impact Committee and Diversity Leadership Group hosts discussion on Caste by Isabella Wilkerson

As part of this semester's equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice programming, the iSchool Social Impact Committee and Diversity Leadership Group hosted a discussion on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The discussion was led by iSchool alumnus Gerald Moore.

Multimedia journalism students win 10 awards from the SCPA

Carolina News & Reporter multimedia students won 10 awards in the 2020 South Carolina Press Association collegiate competition. The students took the Senior Semester capstone course in the spring or fall of 2020.

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to speak at UofSC

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the landmark 1619 Project, will be the joint keynote speaker for the 2021 virtual Media & Civil Rights History Symposium and the College of Information and Communications Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium.

From NABJ to USA Today

Analis Bailey landed a reporting job during one of the craziest times a newsroom has ever seen — 2020. But Bailey is succeeding in her new role thanks to the tools, lessons and experiences she acquired at the SJMC.

The path to Twitter

Nya Simone ('19 public relations) paved a path for herself during her undergraduate years at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and continues to do so. Now she's landed one of her biggest roles yet -- customer success specialist for Twitter. Read our spotlight on Simone to learn more.

Hot off the digital press

You won’t receive our alumni magazine in your mailbox — like our classes, InterCom has gone almost entirely online during the COVID-19 era. But you can read it here in a digital magazine format, download it as a pdf or read individual the articles.

iSchool hosts panel on information science careers

iSchool graduate Jared Stephens and Capgemini recruiter Kaitlyn White fielded questions on how COVID-19 has affected the work environment, opportunities for information science students, advice on getting started in the workforce and more.

The heart of the school

For many students, March 2020 became a pivotal moment. Classes went online, and teachers began rescheduling deadlines while trying to figure out how exactly the pandemic would affect learning. Luckily, school librarians have played a critical role in helping everyone adapt.

Not quite done

When faculty members retire, their impact at UofSC doesn't end. Catch up with four CIC retirees who demonstrate exactly that.

A woman's place is in politics

Powerful women in politics are responsible for some of the world’s greatest accomplishments and innovations. And two of our alumni, Lauren Harper and Amanda Loveday, are among those leaving their mark and paving the way for others.

A meaningful impact

Dean Reichert reflects on the challenges of the past year and the renewed realization of the important roles the CIC and its alumni play in efforts to stem mis- and disinformation.

Learning with love

Puppets, puppies and karaoke. These are some of the nontraditional tools that alumna Penny Esterley uses to teach at Community Literacy Lab.

Learning from the pros

You might have heard that the SJMC launched a new sports media concentration this fall, but did you know students are being taught by seasoned sports media professionals?

A little push goes a long way

Lee Wardlaw almost changed his major — until he met professor Michelle LaRoche. Her class and a "push" prepared him for challenges he would face later in his career.

Congress still shall make no law

J-school alumnae Miranda Parnell experienced violence firsthand while reporting for WIS News at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Columbia. It prompted discussions on how to balance the importance of covering these events with the safety of those covering them.

And the winner is ...

There was just a tenth of a point difference between the first and third place ads. But when the voting closed, Cheetos "It Wasn't Me" tallied the highest score with the Super Bowl of Advertising Class.

Softball partners with journalism school to provide broadcasts for first seven home games

With help from Director of Content Brad Muller, Dillon Clark, Nik Klos, Zach McKinstry and Connor Lomis will team up to call the first seven home games of the 2021 season on SEC Network+.

Cocky's Super Ad Poll goes virtual

Most classes have gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Super Bowl Commercials class is no exception. This year’s class — and the 18th annual Cocky’s Super Ad Poll — will be online.

Empowering excellence: Ken Baldwin

Ken Baldwin always wanted to help budding journalists excel in business and financial reporting. After a successful career in journalism, he is finally able to do it.

Quick takes

News and notes from the College of Information and Communications, which includes short updates on outstanding alumni, Cocky's Reading Express and a video created by SJMC students which featured Dawn Staley, Dabo Swinney and Darius Rucker.

Got skills?

Love a good podcast? Publishers Weekly has launched The Skillset Podcast with iSchool Director David Lankes and Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke. The Skillset illuminates the complex issues facing libraries and other key institutions in these unprecedented times.

How growing up in Aynor prepared one of the nation’s top reporters to cover Trump

Years before he would be covering the most powerful people in the world, SJMC alumnus Dawsey began his journalism career in Aynor, his hometown where his parents still have a farm today. Read more about Dawsey in this story from The Post and Courier.

An immense love of people

Broadcast journalism alumna Rosalyn Durant is now senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World Resort supporting Disney Springs, Water Parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports — a long way from Columbia. But the lessons she learned at South Carolina have guided her through her career and still push her forward today.

Making it through MAIP

Three students from the University of South Carolina were chosen as 2020 MAIP fellows, and two more participated in the Virtual Engagement Program. The annual program is a world-class professional development opportunity for young talents of diverse backgrounds to launch their careers.

How libraries can help us make a more perfect union

Civil, honest conversations based on facts and science, history and truth, have long brought people together. And iSchool Director David Lankes believes libraries and schools are the essential social infrastructure to help us find our commonalities once again. Read his column in Publishers Weekly

CIC duo cashes in at business startup competition

Amidst the glow of cameras, teleprompters and various screens, Nick Jeffcoat and Jonah Rotholz pitched their startup business, parAnimo, to a panel of experts and spectators at The Proving Ground, the Darla Moore School of Business’ entrepreneurial ventures pitch competition.

Applications are open for school library research and teaching fellowship

The School Library Research and Teaching Fellowship Program aims to fund a doctoral student who is committed to development as a school library researcher and educator.

Faculty work to counteract the emotional power of misinformation

College faculty have conducted research to help improve media literacy, to teach people how to evaluate quality sources and to recognize clues for misinformation.

Paving the path

To some, the NFL may seem like an industry dominated by men, but photographers Kara Durrette and Tori Richman have a different thought.

Free speech issues abound after Capitol Hill riot

Assistant Professor Eric Robinson discusses the riot at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and the serious questions and concerns it raises regarding First Amendment law and freedom of speech generally.

Nicole Cooke named one of UofSC's 2021 Social Justice Award winners

In a field where more than 85 percent of the professionals are white women, Cooke stood out. And that observation inspired her desire to help diversify the field of librarians to make the profession more equitable and better reflective of the communities librarians serve.

Starting the spring semester and bringing light

iSchool Director David Lankes calls on faculty, staff, students and alumni to bring about light by embracing the mission of the school: to bring meaning and justice to communities through information and knowledge.

COVID-19 summer internships

Students already have a slew of questions when choosing an internship. But summer 2020 internships brought a totally new question to the table: What will an internship look like in the midst of a pandemic?

Making a statement

In the weeks following George Floyd’s death, the CIC hosted online forums, offered diversity training and altered teaching curriculum to emphasize its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

iSchool 2020 year in review

As 2020 comes to a close, Director David Lankes reflects on the iSchool’s many accomplishments. These include enrollment gains in the BSIS and MLIS programs, as well as new academic programs, faculty positions, public scholarship efforts and more.

A degree 49 years in the making

After a life of presidential planes, television commercials and documentaries, George Patterson is keeping his promise to his parents and finishing his degree at the University of South Carolina.

7 things to know in the fight against 'fake news'

If you’ve ever come across a story or image or video online and thought to yourself, “There’s no way this is real,” there’s a good chance you were right. Two researchers in the College of Information and Communications discuss what ‘fake news’ is, how it works and what can be done to address it.

Taking stock of photojournalism

As newspapers look for ways to cut costs, stock photos have increasingly taken the place of professional staff photos. But what happens when the quality of that visual news in compromised? That's what associate professor Tara Mortensen is trying to figure out.

The class assignment that morphed into legislation

Most school assignments get turned in for a grade and are soon forgotten. But the speech public relations major Gweneth Gough wrote became the foundation for new legislation recently signed by the governor.

iSchool launches scholarship match program to attract top talent

Each year, the American Library Association awards dozens of scholarships to underrepresented students looking to earn a master's degree in library and information science. Now, by matching that $5,000 scholarship, the iSchool is giving students a new reason to enroll.

A pipeline and pathway to success

UofSC formally signed an agreement establishing a new 4+1 pathway partnership with Claflin University. The collaboration will offer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree from Claflin and a graduate degree from the CIC in just five years.

Social media comments boost Harrison as election day nears

Jaime Harrison continues to enjoy an advantage on social media as his race against Sen. Lindsey Graham enters its final days. According to the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina, Harrison leads Graham in positive sentiment among almost 57,000 social media posts made in South Carolina since Oct. 1.

Social media sentiment favors Cunningham in Congressional race

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham enjoys more positive social media sentiment and also has less negative sentiment than his Republican challenger, state Rep. Nancy Mace, according to a new analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina.

Alumni Spotlight: Carson Mason

Growing up, Carson Mason was a huge sports fan. In college, she majored in public relations. Those two interests have allowed her to excel in a career creating social media for several professional sports teams.

Insights lab analyzes perception and social media reactions of the final presidential debate

Students and staff analyzed perception and social media reactions to President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the final presidential debate.

Graham faces criticism while support for Harrison grows

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison has a commanding lead in social media support over Sen. Lindsey Graham just two weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as Graham combats negative perception and conversations about Harrison grow.

Oh, snap! SJMC class dives into augmented reality

Augmented Reality is what lets Snapchat users transform into puppies, tacos and more. One new class in the J-school is exploring how AR works by creating Snapchat lenses of their own, and what they learn could translate into big opportunities after graduation.

Introducing ‘The Skillset Podcast' with R. David Lankes and Nicole A. Cooke

Love a good podcast? Publishers Weekly has launched The Skillset Podcast with iSchool Director David Lankes and Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke. The Skillset will illuminate the complex issues facing libraries and other key institutions in these unprecedented times.

Social media comments applaud Harrison's debate performance

In a Senate race the Cook Political Report says is a toss up, the Democratic candidate is seeing a significant uptick in support on social media, according to a new analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

Support local — especially when it comes to news

Newspapers have been plagued by declining circulation numbers and shrinking newsrooms for the past 15 years, and nearly a quarter have shuttered. Dean Reichert advocates community and individual support for local newspapers, which are catalysts for change and champions for transparency and truth.

USC's Insights Lab looks at social media response to the presidential debate

USC's Social Media Insights Lab was monitoring all the reactions, and broke down what South Carolinians were saying online."I think there was sort of a chaotic energy to the debate last night and I would say social media reflected that," Kait Park said.

Deepfakes: How USC is fighting to stay ahead of misinformation

How do you know that video you just shared isn't fake? Director Andrea Hickerson is part of a team of researchers building software to help journalists identify deepfakes and stay ahead of misinformation.

Deepfakes: How tomorrow's reporters see tomorrow's challenges to truth

Deepfake technology is getting better and better. Senior journalism students Andrea Betancourt and Shelby Beckler share their perspectives on this dangerous, emerging technology, the opportunity for journalists to step up and the weight of public trust in this story for South Carolina Public Radio.

Graham's about-face ignites social media

Sen. Lindsey Graham's change of heart about considering a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in the same year as a presidential election is kicking up controversy on social media.

Overton named Page Center research fellow

Associate professor of public relations Holly Overton has been named an Arthur W. Page Center senior research fellow. In her role, she will lead a call for research on corporate social advocacy as part of the Penn State center’s 2021 Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar grants.

Davis named to PRSA College of Fellows

From leading boards to mentoring students, Kelly Davis has long been a formidable force in the public relations profession. Now, her efforts have earned her one of the profession's highest honors.

Why rushing a COVID-19 vaccine by November could be dangerous

Dr. Brooke McKeever discusses how targeted messaging to different audiences and not cutting corners could help increase public trust in the vaccine.

Turning antiracist knowledge and education into action

In this Publisher's Weekly article, Dr. Nicole Cooke discusses how allies for social and racial justice are choosing to 'stand in the gap.'

Giving back

For alumni Jack Bryan and Lou Kennedy, helping those who have supported them has been standard operating procedure. They are valued donors to the CIC through time, talent and treasure. In this article, they share the reasons why they continue to support the college.

Bird watching: UofSC literacy efforts go virtual during COVID-19

Since April, CRE's Virtual Storytime YouTube playlist has featured a line-up of guest readers, including former mascots, Miss Gamecock 2020, and even famed talk show host and University of South Carolina alumna Leeza Gibbons.

Project READY S.C. Announced

The South Carolina Center for Community Literacy, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair for Childhood Literacy, and the South Carolina State Library announce a Learning Cohort course for Project READY (Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth) S.C.!

Social media sounds off on Lindsey Graham

As polls show the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison may be tighter than many expected, comments on social media suggest Graham is facing a significant negative backlash in his home state while positive buzz about his challenger is growing.

South Carolina responds to Biden's VP choice

Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate has South Carolinians talking. The Social Media Insights Lab reviewed more than 17,000 posts about Harris made since the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.

How a virtual advertising 'camp' saved internships for 200 students

Recent advertising graduate Jonathan Corchado is featured in this AdAge article for his summer “passion project,” which included building a website and the social media launch of Black Lives Matter South Carolina.

College football conversations light up social media

South Carolina's passion for college football is reflected on social media. Thousands of people are looking forward to a fall season but questioning what it will look like during a global pandemic.

And the J-school scores!

The J-school has developed a new sports media concentration which will allow students to follow their interest in sports media in a variety of majors and prepare them for real-world jobs in the field.

Social media users are skeptical about the McMaster plan

Gov. Henry McMaster’s latest steps to reopen South Carolina are being met with skepticism on social media. An analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab found more than twice as many people had negative comments about the governor’s plan than supported it.

A tasty course: PROOF alcohol ice cream

This past semester the J-school offered a satisfying course “Integrated Campaigns,” where the learning covered all facets of integrated brand communications for a UofSC alumna's startup company

Q&A with author Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland’s first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, was published last month to strong reviews. We caught up with the SJMC alumna to talk about her book, her family, the writing process and her time at UofSC.

Researchers at the University of South Carolina are using social media conversations to understand COVID-19 outbreaks

Among its recent findings, the Social Media Insights Lab was able to foresee a possible COVID-19 outbreak in Myrtle Beach around the July Fourth holiday.

Better with biometrics

The CIC now has a fully operational Biometrics and User Experience Lab which uses cutting-edge sensors to track facial expressions, eye movement, sweat gland stimulation and neuro-electrical activity.

Table talk with Andrea Hickerson and David Lankes

With collaborations and new programs coming to the College of Information and Communications, what might the future hold for its two schools? Andrea Hickerson and David Lankes discuss this and more.

Leaders with helping hands

Only 50 librarians are selected each year in the ALA’s competitive Emerging Leaders Program, but several of our alumnae were chosen in recent years. We sat down with three of them to talk about their academic journeys and experiences.

Social media posts push back against face-to-face classes in the fall

Gov. Henry McMaster's request that South Carolina schools reopen this fall in the midst of the coronavirus for daily, in-person classes is receiving a chilly reception on social media.

Read InterCom online

Online is the new normal — at least for the foreseeable future — and that's why this issue of the CIC's alumni magazine has gone digital.

Why libraries are committing to systemic change

David Lankes writes in Publishers Weekly that today's crises in public health, the economy and in racism demand we rethink everything — including what we’ve always considered virtuous institutions, like libraries, schools and publishers.

Faculty and students recognized by national association

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has named nine School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty and graduate students recipients of top awards and accepted 27 papers for presentation.

Social media users question whether reopening schools is a good idea

Social media users in South Carolina and across the nation are expressing concerns about the possibility of reopening K-12 schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

South Carolina and the coronavirus: a national conversation

As coronavirus cases increase in South Carolina, so too are social media conversations nationwide about the Palmetto State and its growing problem with COVID-19.

“Trumptilla” surges nationally on social media despite COVID-19

Social media conversations about the big boat parade on Lake Murray in support of President Trump are trending nationally with little criticism of the event being held during the coronavirus.

Social media users pledge to wear face masks

Campaigns to encourage South Carolinians to wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus are receiving a small but positive response, according to an analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

CIC co-hosts faculty discussion on race and inclusion

The College of Information and Communications and the College of Education will host an online session for faculty to learn more about institutional and class policies, class behavior, and how to productively introduce topics of race in the classroom.

Journalism alumnus is the new president of the Alumni Association's Board of Governors

Robin Roberts, ’76, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award and founding member of the college's Dean’s Leadership Council, will serve a two-year term and preside over the 19 -member board.

South Carolina is talking about celebrating July Fourth, not staying at home

South Carolina social media conversations about the July Fourth holiday are focused more on fireworks and celebrations than staying at home to protect against the coronavirus, according to an analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab.

The coronavirus is hurting Myrtle Beach's image

As the July Fourth weekend approaches and South Carolina authorities are urging people to stay at home to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, Myrtle Beach is the subject of negative social media conversations across the country.

What social media commenters expect from government

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's statement that a statewide rule requiring face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus would be unenforceable is drawing criticism on social media.

Reading Is only a step on the path to anti-racism

In this Publisher's Weekly article, Dr. Nicole Cooke suggests viewing one's anti-racist journey in three stages.

The jury is out on social media about opening schools in the fall

The likelihood South Carolina public schools will not return to in-person education in the fall has been a relatively small and neutral topic of social media conversations in the state.

Mask ordinances trigger debate

Columbia and Greenville mask ordinances are receiving support in South Carolina social media conversations, according to a new report from the Social Media Insights Lab.

Coronavirus concerns increasing in South Carolina

As the number of coronavirus cases reported this month in South Carolina has steadily increased, so too have social media conversations about COVID-19.

Trump rally raises concerns in South Carolina

President Trump's weekend campaign rally in Tulsa has been a major topic in South Carolina social media conversations.

UofSC alumnus’ company makes millions of face shields for health care workers

ZVerse, a Columbia company founded by 2004 advertising alumnus John Carrington, has become an important player in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Masks divide South Carolinians in fight against the coronavirus

The expectation South Carolinians will wear face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a divisive one on social media, according to the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

New COVID-19 cases drive S.C. conversations

An increasing number of coronavirus cases is the driving force behind recent social media conversations about COVID-19 in South Carolina, according to a new analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

S.C. social media users support wearing masks

Almost 65 percent of South Carolina social media conversations support wearing masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, according to an analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

A statement from CIC Dean Tom Reichert and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shirley Staples Carter.

School of Information Science statement on diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science community strongly condemns the systemic and systematic oppression of black people, indigenous people and all people of color.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications statement on diversity, equity and inclusion

The legacy of white supremacy has damaged the lives of many, especially our black students, who may have feared speaking their truth. We support all of you who find yourselves in the middle of conflicts over justice and equality.

Professor cautions students on consequences of social posts

Your opinions matter and you have a right to express them. But how do you exercise this right responsibly? Media ethics instructor Randy Covington shares five things to keep in mind before you post.

Passion for profession lands SC librarians on Movers & Shakers list

Having an impact on their students and communities, being more inclusive for underserved populations and encouraging a lifelong love of reading and learning are passions shared by three alumnae who have been recognized as 2020 Movers & Shakers by Library Journal.

Many South Carolinians sympathize with Black Lives Matter protests

South Carolinians on Twitter expressed far more comments in support of Black Lives Matter protests than criticism of the violence that has accompanied some of them, according to the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

A few tidbits of advice for new graduates

SJMC adjunct instructor and 1983 alumna Reba Campbell offers advice and inspiration for graduates challenged with navigating the job market in the post-COVID-19 era.

Breakthrough Star: Kevin Hull

As an ex-sportscaster, assistant professor Kevin Hull brings personal insight to study his former industry. His groundbreaking research and scholarly excellence have earned him a 2020 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star award.

How citizen journalists, cell phones and technology shape coverage of police shootings

Doctoral student Denetra Walker has studied the experiences of journalists who’ve covered some of the most publicized police shootings in recent history. She shares what she’s learned about technology as a catalyst and how it may influence journalism education moving forward.

Research spotlight: Seeking insight into COVID-19-related discrimination

Racist attacks targeting Asian Americans have increased in the COVID-19 era, and assistant professor Jungmi Jun is working to better understand victims’ experiences. Her research could guide efforts to support victims and provide insight into combating discrimination.

The other threads: Public relations graduate paves path to accessibility

Ask anyone who knows Sarah Massengale to describe her in a word and they might say she’s brazen. Or fearless. Or even stubborn. What they won’t tell you — at least not at first — is that she’s blind. The public relations major is applying her communications knowledge and personal experience by helping the university with its widescale effort to address its digital accessibility.

In memoriam: Dr. Ron Farrar

Ron Farrar, faculty member, long-time associate dean for graduate studies and interim dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications died on May 18. We’ve collected tributes and memories from former colleagues and alumni.

The master of the ‘thinking person’s game’

Doug Fisher worked hard and took every opportunity he could in life. Now, he hopes his students do the same.

Victoria Canada named Public Relations Student of the Year

The South Carolina Public Relations Society of America recognized a recent graduate as the most outstanding public relations student in the Palmetto state.

CIC honors stand-out faculty and staff

Outstanding faculty and staff in the College of Information and Communications were surprised in a special online awards ceremony on April 30.

UofSC Insights Index: How do South Carolinians feel about reopening? It's complicated

South Carolinians are still making up their minds about whether it is time to reopen the state during the coronavirus, according to a new analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

SJMC honors outstanding graduate students

In virtual ceremonies, faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored three graduate students for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, teaching and research.

SLIS becomes School of Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science is now the School of Information Science, following a vote of approval by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees at an April 24 meeting.

SJMC recognizes outstanding students

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was unable to host its annual Awards Day ceremony, but that didn’t stop faculty from honoring the school’s best and brightest students.

Meet the SJMC's 2020 MAIP fellows

Three School of Journalism and Mass Communications seniors have been selected to participate in the highly competitive MAIP program, a 22-week nationwide fellowship that helps aspiring marketing professionals launch their careers.

Tech-savvy faculty help in transition to online teaching

Visual communications instructor Jason Porter is one of many faculty across the university who have more experience with online teaching and have worked to help their less tech-savvy colleagues during this time of remote-only classes.

Team earns second place in advertising competition despite unexpected challenges

Ad Team is always tough — long hours and hard work. Although this semester was especially challenging, it didn't stop them from taking one of the top prizes.

From Twitter: #Modley

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned and an analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab helps explain why it had become untenable for him to stay in the position.

Adapting to the new norm: Student work shifts online

When the university shifted to remote instruction in March, faculty and students found innovative ways to adapt in-person courses to an online format.

From Twitter: #Sadness

The Social Media Insights Lab analyzed COVID-19 buzz and found that President Trump’s announcement that more than 200,000 Americans may die from the coronavirus has had a sobering effect on social media conversations in South Carolina.

Reporting live outside our newsroom

At an extraordinary moment in American history, Carolina News & Reporter students rise to the challenge of reporting from far-flung places.

From Twitter: #ReopenAmerica

The Insights Lab looked at mentions of #ReopenAmerica, #StayHome and phrases like "back to work" and "open for business." See what we discovered about the social media conversations.

UofSC Insights Index: Social media posts reflect range of emotions

Americans are going to social media in massive numbers to talk about the coronavirus and their comments reflect a spectrum of emotions, ranging from fear, anxiety and sadness to more positive comments about the courage of health care workers on the frontlines.

SC Center for Community Literacy creates resource website for parents

Are you looking for local and national resources to engage kids while learning at home? Explore the San Diego Zoo, doodle with Mo Willems, participate in a virtual storytime and hang out with Dr. Seuss.

UofSC Insights Index: Pandemic conversations growing

South Carolinians are talking on social media about the coronavirus in large numbers and those conversations reflect an increasingly serious tone.

UofSC Insights Index: Growing concern about the coronavirus

Social media conversations in South Carolina reflect a growing concern about the cost and availability of tests for the coronavirus.

Graphic novels help teens learn about racism, climate change and social justice – here’s a reading list

Dr. Karen Gavigan says teen activists are making headlines for their social justice advocacy, and it's being reflected in the graphic novels they are reading. Read her article in The Conversation.

Dominion Energy partners with UofSC to 'Sow the Seeds of Reading'

A new partnership between Dominion Energy and the University of South Carolina's literacy outreach program will help teach gardening and nutrition skills to elementary school students in Lexington County.

SJMC students win big at AAF awards

University of South Carolina students, including many from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, took home nearly 20 awards at the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands' annual gala on Feb. 22.

Broadcasters association names SJMC professor recipient of Distinguished Education Service Award

Dr. Augie Grant has been named the 2020 Broadcast Education Association's Distinguished Education Service Award winner.

Students monitor social media buzz during SC Democratic primary

As voting closed for the South Carolina Democratic primary, student assistant analysts at UofSC’s Social Media Insights Lab monitored and analyzed the publicly available buzz and sentiment surrounding the candidates.

Librarians could be jailed and fined under a proposed censorship law

Dr. Nicole Cooke believes the law, if enacted, would be a potential threat to information access, intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. Read her article in The Conversation.

Trump White House goes 300+ days without a press briefing – why that’s unprecedented

It’s been nearly a year since the last White House press briefing. Former White House correspondent and former CIC Dean Charles Bierbauer weighs in on this for The Conversation.

Student newscast and documentary win broadcast awards

The Carolina News team and two visual communications majors have been honored with Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts awards for outstanding work in news and film.

Turning connections into a career

How do you go from anthropology major to building an agency's voice marketing department? Just ask Ja'Qor "Jay" Goodwin, strategist and voice team lead for Nebo in Atlanta. The 2018 MMC alumnus shares how he got where he is today and offers advice for students hoping to do the same.

Civil Rights series: Augusta Baker leaves legacy in School of Library and Information Science

Storyteller-in-residence sounds like a dream job for some library science students, but for Augusta Baker, it was more than a fairy tale. Baker led a life that saw her overcome all obstacles to become one of the top 100 most important leaders of the 20th century.

College announces 2020 Digital Media Academy

Students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for the week-long video storytelling camp, which will prepare them for a spectrum of media careers. The second annual Digital Media Academy: Advancing Diversity in Digital Media will be held from May 18-22, 2020, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sonic the Hedgehog animator Tyson Hesse to speak at UofSC

Sonic the Hedgehog animator Tyson Hesse will speak at the first installment of the University of South Carolina’s Studio South Speaker Series on Feb. 20.

Distance Education: We will come to you

With the click of a button, class registration is complete. It's that simple to register for School of Library and Information Science distance education courses.

Long live Mr. Peanut! Planters wins Cocky’s Super Ad Poll

Were you nuts for Planters’ Super Bowl commercial? Students at the University of South Carolina were. They voted the ‘Baby Nut’ commercial the winner of Cocky’s Super Ad Poll.

SJMC student named among the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation

Advertising senior Divneet Lamba isn’t afraid of a challenge. That mindset is one of the reasons she’s been named one of the American Advertising Federation’s 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students.

Softball partners with J-school to bring audio broadcasts

South Carolina softball will provide student-run broadcasts for up to 27 home games this season. With help from Director of Content Brad Muller, juniors Trey Martin, Zach McKinstry and Dillon Clark will team up to bring the audio broadcasts for Gamecock fans throughout the 2020 home schedule.

Picture perfect: Kelly Davis and her PR family

The relationships that Kelly Davis built through the Public Relations Society of America inspired her to become the faculty advisor for the university’s student branch of the organization. Today, she works one-on-one with students to shape them into communications professionals.

Insights Index: Can buzz be bought? Where Bloomberg, Steyer and the other candidates stand in South Carolina

Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer are spending a lot of money ahead of the Feb. 29 primary, but a new analysis by the Social Media Insights Lab shows that neither of them are being discussed very often on social media in the Palmetto State.

Launching a legacy: Checking in with new Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke

Last fall, SLIS welcomed Nicole Cooke as its new Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy to advance the school’s literacy efforts. Here are some highlights of what Cooke has accomplished so far and a glimpse into her next steps.

UofSC Insights Index: Buttigieg inching closer to Biden

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has emerged in South Carolina social media conversations as the most significant threat to Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, according to a new analysis by the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

Journalist Manie Robinson joins UofSC as sports media instructor

In 14 years as a journalist, Manie Robinson has racked up more than a dozen SCPA awards and was even named National Sports Media Association’s 2018 South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. Now, he’s taking his talents to the classroom as the J-school’s first-ever sports media instructor.

Cultivating legal minds

Eric Robinson isn’t just a lawyer. He’s also been a client, worked at a newspaper and reported for a magazine. And now he’s passing his knowledge on to students so they can keep themselves and the companies they work for out of trouble.

Capturing the ‘weight of the profession’

It sometimes can be difficult to explain the exhilarating, frustrating, exhausting experience of Senior Semester. Instructor Carolyn Click reflects on this storied program through black-and-white images made by Hayden Blakeney during the fall semester.

Social media lab taps into national conversations

The College of Information and Communications' Social Media Insights Lab is able to analyze sentiment and identify emerging trends that are occurring in real time on sources from Twitter to YouTube to blogs.

New graduate follows her path to broadcast journalism

Dara Khaalid earned her degree from the University of South Carolina this month, ready to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. It’s a path she started on years earlier — when she was a fifth-grader.

UofSC Insights Index: Buttigieg sees more buzz - and more scrutiny

Conversations about Pete Buttigieg increased significantly in November among South Carolina social media users, according to the latest Insights Index from the University of South Carolina Social Media Insights Lab.

Information Science Day 2019: From research to the real world

Is blockchain technology confusing? Will the removal of Instagram likes affect the way people use the social media platform? Students explored these questions and others at the fifth annual Information Science Day, a showcase of undergraduate research and internship experiences.

Meet new faculty: Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke is the School of Library and Information Science’s new Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, a position named for the pioneering African American librarian who served as the university’s storyteller-in-residence.

Garnet Apple: Laura Smith

Students who successfully complete Laura Smith’s “Power Producing” course often find themselves in high demand when they’re ready to graduate. That’s because, under Smith’s tutelage, they’ve learned the fundamental skills of TV news producing and hone them further in their final capstone semester.

Literacy program helps children ‘dig into reading’

A $15,000 grant from International Paper has allowed Cocky's Reading Express to teach nutritional literacy to children in two Laurens County schools.

Alumna takes reins as president of national school librarians association

School librarian Kathy Carroll likes to be in the middle of the action and that’s where she finds herself every day, whether it’s helping students at Westwood High School in Blythewood or advocating for her profession as president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians.

UofSC Insights Index: Harris sees significant growth in October

Sen. Kamala Harris received more positive social media mentions in South Carolina in October than Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, the two leaders for the Democratic presidential nomination in RealClear Politics’ composite average of the leading national political polls.

Students offer perspectives on three-day Multicultural Talent Pipeline

Have you ever wanted to learn from some of the brightest stars in the media industry? In October, two CIC students had the opportunity to do just that at Publicis Media’s Multicultural Talent Pipeline in Atlanta.

Journalism students bring home the hardware

UofSC students racked up more wins than any other school in the television category of the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas annual competition.

UofSC analysis: Trump dominates South Carolina social media conversations

An analysis of nearly 1.4 million public posts shows President Trump is leading social media conversations in South Carolina. But how many of those conversations are positive or negative? Is online opinion shifting over time?

SJMC honors accomplished alumni at awards ceremony

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications presented awards to six recipients at the annual Alumni Awards on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The awards recognize exceptional graduates whose careers represent significant professional achievement.

A path for public service

Jason Broughton made headlines when he was named Vermont’s first African American state librarian and commissioner of libraries. How did SLIS prepare him for the post and what advice does he have for students hoping to follow in his footsteps?

Including every voice

Everyone faces challenges, but Clayton Copeland knows that each person also has ability within themselves. That’s why she’s working to improve the lives of underserved populations through her teaching and research.

UofSC Insights Index: People are talking about Biden, but not positively

The Social Media Insights Lab has examined more than 330,000 online conversations since March to find out how the leading Democratic presidential candidates are faring among the state's social media users.

Researcher examines the impact of school librarians

Librarians working side-by-side with classroom teachers isn't a new trend. But do these partnerships translate into higher academic achievement? And how critical is the librarian half of the equation? Associate professor Lucy Santos Green hopes to find out.

Reporters in the court: UofSC hosts annual Media Law School

Thirty-three journalists from 14 states got a crash course on covering courts at the university's annual Media Law School. Faculty, judges, lawyers and investigators discussed topics such as court procedures and police use of force.

Athletics video director focuses on graduate degree

MLIS student Justin Stoll crafted some of the most iconic words in Gamecock football history. Read how his love of metadata is translating into a career in athletics.

Learning from the pros

Four high-profile figures in library and information science have been named to the inaugural class of School of Library and Information Science Fellows. These experts will partner with students and faculty to transform how UofSC is preparing the next generation of professionals.

CIC names two associate deans

Brooke McKeever and Kim Thompson have been chosen to serve as the college’s newest associate deans. These positions are designed to enhance the CIC’s course offerings and research activities.

Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media - pro-vaccination parents could make a difference

What prompts people to share their opinions about vaccines on social media, and what can be done to counter the spread of misinformation? Health communications experts Brooke and Robert McKeever share their research in this article for The Conversation.

Politics vs. football? It isn't even close!

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is a hot topic on social media in South Carolina, but there’s another topic that dwarfs it: Gamecock football.

Cam Byrd: Reaching new heights

Cam Byrd is proof that a degree from the College of Information and Communications can take you just about anywhere. That’s because the 2009 public relations alumnus is a senior flight service manager for American Airlines.

Good communication is a key part of disaster response

With hurricane season in full swing, how are public information officers using social media to save lives? What challenges will they face? Our own Dr. Shannon Bowen shares her research on disaster response communications for The Conversation US.

Danielle Williams: From USC Gamecock to Temple Owl

Danielle Williams says her responsibilities as video production coordinator in Temple University's athletics department can change from day to day, but the variety of her job is what she loves best.

Beyond the Ceiling

Kent Babb has dreamed of a career in sports writing since junior high. Now, he's living that dream as a sports feature writer for The Washington Post.

Claudia Chakamian: That's why we do this job

Claudia Chakamian moved nearly 20 hours from Columbia to work as a sports reporter for KQDS FOX 21 in Duluth, Minnesota. The 2018 broadcast journalism alumna is a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter for the Fox affiliate.

The voice of success

Just two years after graduating from J-school, Brett Williams has already landed the job of his dreams. He's the radio play-by-play voice of Western Kentucky University women's basketball for Learfield IMG College Communications in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

UofSC’s CreateAthon to provide free marketing for nine nonprofits

Nine nonprofits will receive pro bono marketing services through CreateAthon@UofSC, a massive 24-hour talent blitz where over 100 Gamecocks will donate their time and talent to help these deserving organizations.

From aspirations to reality

Executive Director Melanie Huggins (MLIS, 1995) has been a driving force behind Richland Library’s transformation since taking the helm more than a decade ago. We caught up with Huggins to ask about her vision and the role the CIC played in shaping it.

An update on the College of Information and Communications

Summer’s over and we’re gearing up for a new academic year. What’s in store for the future and how will it affect you? Get the latest from Dean Reichert and the school directors.

Pay it forward

Three alumni share thoughts on why they are inspired to give back to the the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Ethics: it can get you past that career plateau

In part two of her PR Week column, Dr. Shannon Bowen continues a discussion of ethics in careers: how it challenges complacency, is a natural disruptor, and how it can expand career options.

Want to get hired? Tips from Cannes Lions for university students

Dean Tom Reichert shares his takeaways from this international gathering of top educators, creatives, executives, entrepreneurs, marketers and influencers.

PR Prose: Ethics can land you that next job

In her latest column for PR Week, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses strategies — with a heavy focus on ethics — that can help get you out of a career rut.

Real-world benefits

Margarita "Dee" Demetriadis (MLIS, '18) was promoted from part-time assistant to teen/digital media lab librarian at the Libbie Mill Library in Henrico, Virginia. From networking opportunities to real-world projects, Demetriadis says the keys to landing her dream job were the opportunities she found at SLIS.

UofSC graduate champions art, culture in Charleston

As Charleston's first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, a 1999 alumnus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, writes poems for and about the city and works in schools to encourage students' interest in writing.

What can students and researchers learn from 1 trillion social media posts? UofSC opens lab to find out

Knowing how to harness data is imperative for students hoping to work in journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, information management … the list goes on. Now, graduates of the college will soon have a better understanding of how to do that thanks to the college’s new Social Media Insights Lab.

Andrea Hickerson named director of journalism school

Dr. Andrea Hickerson is bringing her innovative leadership style to the University of South Carolina as the newly named director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

UofSC analysis: Immigration, abortion lead social media conversations

As the 2020 presidential race heats up, what can social media mentions tell us about key political issues? The Social Media Insights Lab analyzed more than 70 million posts to understand how nationwide conversations compare to those in the Palmetto State.

SJMC students win national case competition

Advertising majors Noah McGill and Suzanne Green won first place in the Washington Media Scholars Media Plan Case Competition, earning a combined $10,000 in scholarship funds.

Faculty Perspective: Family of Man

Associate professor Ernest L. Wiggins writes about the impact a book of photography had on his childhood and on the way he incorporates it in his classes.

A destination for diversity: Nicole Cooke joins SLIS as Augusta Baker Chair

New Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke seeks to transform SLIS into the destination program for students hoping to work in diversity, equity and inclusion.

CIC hosts inaugural Digital Media Academy

From journalism to corporate public relations, the ability to create high-quality video content has become a sought-after skill in a variety of industries. Thanks to a new program at the University of South Carolina's College of Information and Communications, students from diverse backgrounds can now add that skill and others to their resumes.

Journalism under fire

What does the spread of authoritarianism mean for journalists across the globe? Randy Covington, CIC director of special projects, weighs in on press freedom for The Conversation.

Journalists invited to apply for Media Law School 2019 fellowships

Working journalists are invited to apply for fellowships to attend Media Law School 2019, an intensive seminar that teaches journalists about criminal and civil law and procedure with a focus on how to more effectively cover trials and the judicial process.

The path to the Panthers

Shortly after graduating, 2015 broadcast journalism alumna Caroline Cann landed the sort of job most seasoned professionals can only dream of: media personality and content producer for the Indianapolis Colts.

Student PR team places second in national competition

A team of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications beat out nearly 70 other groups to take home second place in the national Bateman Case Study Competition.

Setting sight on success

When public relations major Sarah Massengale isn’t singing opera or writing articles about performances statewide, she’s busy pursuing her second college degree. She sees her new career path not as an abandonment of music, but as a complementary option.

Extra innings

Baseball writer Bill Madden has enjoyed a remarkable, 50-year career as a reporter, columnist and sports biographer. This spring, he finally finished his degree in journalism.

UofSC analysis: Buttigieg leads in social media sentiment

An analysis of more than 23 million posts shows that Pete Buttigieg has the most positive social media sentiment of all the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. And in traditionally Republican South Carolina, that positive sentiment is even higher.

PR Prose: PR pros can help people unite or we can help them divide

As the news illustrates almost every day, the world has become more contentious and divided than in recent memory. As public relations pros we can help people converse, unite, understand, and listen - or we can help them divide.

Leading the way: Alumnus Stephen Brown named president of Cookerly Public Relations

As the newly named president of Cookerly Public Relations in Atlanta, alumnus Stephen Brown will continue to use his professional success to support USC, particularly students looking to follow in his footsteps.

Can trust in the media make a comeback?

Dean Tom Reichert discusses current trends and challenges in American journalism and how the CIC prepares students to lead and build trust in news and media.

Shining the spotlight on libraries

As a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, SLIS alumna Tamara Cox has a chance to become the first school librarian ever to take home the state’s top honor for educators. A win could bring more awareness to her profession’s powerful impact on student success.

UofSC analysis shows strong support for teacher rally

How did South Carolinians react to the education rally on social media? The first South Carolina Insights report explores online conversations and shares its findings on public sentiment and recurring themes.

SJMC honors outstanding students

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.

Professional organizations recognize work of SJMC faculty, staff and students

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was well-represented among the winners of two April awards ceremonies — the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America and South Carolina Press Association.

Continuing to shine the light

SJMC alumnus Jimmy DeButts, an editor and columnist at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, returned to campus this month to talk to students about the importance of local news — and about his five colleagues who were killed when a gunman stormed his newsroom.

Students and literacy leader honored at annual event

The 2019 Deans' and Directors' Lecture honored SLIS faculty, staff and students, as well as this year’s Annual Literacy Leader. Keynote speaker Pamela Nash Davenport of the National Library Service shared about her journey to librarianship.

Making the magic happen: SLIS alumna Tamara King honored by Library Journal

King's mantra, that libraries make magic happen every single day, is what guides her actions as community relations director for Richland Library — actions that earned her this national recognition

Building relationships to succeed: SLIS alumna Jennifer Thrift honored by Library Journal

A teacher librarian for third through fifth graders, Thrift cites collaboration and community involvement as key to receiving this national recognition.

Symposium to highlight CIC diversity research

The College of Information and Communications will host its second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium on April 18 to highlight the latest diversity-related research from CIC faculty.

Bloomberg journalist to speak at 2019 Baldwin Lecture

Karen Toulon will speak at the annual Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17. Read more about her career and her thoughts on the future of business.

A seat by the window

Discovery is central to who Ernie Wiggins is — reflected both in his hobbies and interactions with his students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications — and is something he has valued in every stage of his professional life.

An impact beyond words

Lisa Sisk, senior instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is charting a new course for teaching after being diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder that affects communication.

Alumni Spotlight: Pamela Nash Davenport

Many librarians can only dream about working for the Library of Congress. But for Pamela Nash Davenport (MLIS, ’95), it’s a reality.

The Reichert Report — Project Literacy

On a cold, November morning, I pulled a T-shirt on over my work clothes and boarded a bus bound for Kelly Miller Elementary School in Winnsboro, South Carolina. As the CIC's new dean, I wanted a first-hand look at what our literacy initiative, Cocky's Reading Express, was all about.

SXSW: A week in review

Visual communications major Kristin Stitzlein recaps the CIC student trip to South by Southwest, a festival that celebrates innovation and technology.

Events bring journalism and civil rights researchers together

Two major conferences drew academic researchers from a variety of disciplines to the SJMC on March 7 and 8. The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium and the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium sparked dialogue about the importance of journalism and the evolving landscape of the industry.

La'Keisha Sutton: Broadcast alum is building her brand

Since her time as a Gamecock, Sutton has continued life on the court as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Known to fans as Swish, she also spends time inspiring young people through her organization, Fan Favorite University.

China Syndrome: China’s universities are struggling to adapt communication curriculum just like we are

Communications educators worldwide are struggling to adapt to the fast-paced changes brought about by the digital revolution. During a recent trip to China, Dean Reichert shared what the CIC is doing to ensure its graduates hit the ground running.

PR Prose: Values managers and leadership

Values managers, sometimes called "culture czars" or "chief engagement officers" are vital says PR researcher Shannon Bowen, in her latest PR column.

I-Comm Week returns: The CIC celebrates innovation, research and achievement

Following the CIC’s merger in 2002, I-Comm Week was created to celebrate the college’s two schools and promote collaboration. Now, I-Comm Week will return April 15-18. Get the full schedule of events here.

Investigative podcaster Al Letson to visit UofSC

Drug addicts sent to work camps instead of rehab. Mortgage lending practices designed to discriminate against people of color. Podcast journalist Al Letson has shed light on these issues and others like them. He’ll dive deeper into the power of public service journalism as keynote speaker at the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium.

UofSC students sweep AAF awards

University of South Carolina students, including many from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, swept the student awards at the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands’ annual gala on Feb. 16.

Where people fit into the equation

Dr. Vanessa Kitzie is combining her two interests — sociology and information science — to take an interdisciplinary approach in answering one of her field’s key research questions: What do people do with information in their everyday lives?

The Reichert Report - Research matters

You know that big news story you read this morning? Odds are there are academic researchers working behind the scenes, gleaning valuable insights that influence human behavior and even save lives. Read more about the CIC’s research heavy hitters and how their findings are changing the world.

The CIC goes SXSW

For many students, spring break is a time to hit the beach. But for six students and two faculty from the College of Information and Communications, it’s a chance to get a rare look at what’s new in the world of media and technology.

Behind the camera

From 1985 to 2000, while innovators in Silicon Valley were focused on changing the world as we know it, Doug Menuez was focused on documenting it. The award-winning photographer and documentarian will talk about his experiences Wednesday (Feb. 20).

All the news that isn't

In the age of social media, it can be hard to tell truth from fiction. CIC researchers, Mo Jang and Jo-Yun “Queenie” Li, look at the origins and spread of fake news on Twitter.

Leaving a legacy

When Mimi Cunningham graduated from the J-school, she was ready to launch a successful career in public information. Now retired, Mimi shares why she and her husband, Tom, have chosen to give back.

Carter named to diversity, equity and inclusion post

Since joining the faculty in 2003, Dr. Shirley Staples Carter has spearheaded a multitude of diversity efforts at the college. Now, a new role will enable her to take that work to the next level.

Advertising class picks top Super Bowl commercial

Pepsi proved to be much more than just OK when its “Is Pepsi OK?” ad took the top spot in Cocky’s Super Ad Poll.

Two CIC researchers win 2019 Breakthrough Awards

Two scholars from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have been recognized by the University of South Carolina Office of Research as 2019 Breakthrough award recipients.

Destined for greatness: New software to help SCCCL train future librarians

Future librarians who train at the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy will now gain even more real-world experience. That’s because the center has struck a deal with Follett Corporation to acquire Destiny Library Manager, the most popular K-12 library management system worldwide.

College announces 2019 Digital Media Academy

The College of Information and Communications will host its inaugural Digital Media Academy: Advancing Diversity in Digital Media from May 13-17, 2019, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for the week-long camp, which will prepare them for a spectrum of media careers.

The value of school librarians: USC’s Library Scholar Program works to fill needs

David Lankes and Mike Corbo describe their experience and plans for the program which partners with local school districts to educate and develop existing school employees into school librarians.

A new name, a bigger mission

Since the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy was founded, its efforts have grown to include everything from professional development for educators to community engagement for children. Now, a new name — and a new mission — will demonstrate just how much that scope has widened.

The UofSC impact

Did you know that UofSC has a $5.5 billion impact on the state annually? Or that for every $1 the state invests in higher education, $25 is returned to its economy? Help us share facts like these with South Carolina's legislators on Carolina Day, Jan. 30. And, get the latest on our Social Media Insights Lab.

From interests to investments

Therese Griffin (B.A., 1982) has done everything from hosting public affairs shows to corporate marketing and communications. Since graduating, her broadcast degree has opened doors — now, she's finding ways to return the favor.

The right information

Things have been falling neatly into place for Charles Rodriquez in the past 18 months — he started working on a bachelor’s degree in information studies at the University of South Carolina and completed an internship earlier this fall that has paved the way for a new job he’ll begin after graduation in December.

All in the family

“Say ‘Gamecock,’” Erika Grimes' dad said. “G-A-M-E-C-O-C-K!" She was only 1 at the time. Now, she's graduating from USC, just as both her parents did and as her two siblings will, too. It's something of a family tradition.

A legacy to crow about

From Captain Book to Mrs. Claus, Helen Fellers had a festive costume — and a stack of recommended reading — for nearly every occasion. Like the children's books she shared through her "Reading Rooster Recommends" videos, Fellers' legacy was "something to crow about." The longtime literacy advocate passed away on Dec. 15.

Sarah Keeling: Showing up for racial justice

On the wall behind Dr. Sarah Keeling's desk, among an assortment of calendars and pictures, hang the words "Jobs Peace & Equality." The display shouldn't come as a surprise for those who know her.

An innovator in information science

At USC, Ehsan Mohammadi is producing groundbreaking research and bringing new ideas to the School of Library and Information Science. But it was the journey that brought him here and made him the robust researcher and diversity-minded teacher that he is today.

From classmates to coworkers

When they’re not working together as library media specialists at Westwood High School, Marti Brown and Kathy Carroll are serving together as two of the newest members of the CIC’s Alumni Council.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, took home two platinum awards, four gold awards and two honorable mentions in the 2018 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.

The Reichert Report - December

When I joined the CIC last year, I had a lot to learn — not just about the college and its schools, but about Columbia, the university and the tightly knit community of faculty and staff in which I found myself. Luckily, the J-school’s director, Dr. Andrea Tanner, was here to help me get acclimated.

Tanner to step down as director

From creating new classes to increasing faculty research, Dr. Andrea Tanner has made a mark on the School of Journalism and Mass Communications during her tenure as director. Now, Tanner is shifting gears.

Broadcast students win big at RTDNA convention

Seven broadcast students were honored with eight awards at the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press convention and awards luncheon.

Information science students present undergraduate research

Fourteen undergraduate students presented their research and internship experiences to judges who are currently working in the field. This year’s posters covered topics ranging from anxiety in college students to attitudes about autonomous aircrafts.

SLIS student to go behind the scenes at the ALA Annual Conference

When MLIS student Sarah Hodierne travels to Washington, D.C., next summer, it won’t just be to see the nation’s capital — she’ll also be working at the American Library Association’s annual conference as part of an exclusive student program.

Morrow Fellows study business journalism at SABEW Fall Conference

Four USC students spent two days in New York City in October learning about business journalism from industry experts and networking with journalists in the city.

Fitzpatrick receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. The award is NCA’s highest honor and recognizes her lifetime study of human communication.

PR Prose: How ethics, the civil society, and PR are inseparable

In her monthly column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how ethics, the disintegration of civility and public relations are connected.

Collaboration leads to global conversation

Since its publication in 2012, Dr. David Lankes’ book, “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World,” has been translated into Portuguese and German. Now, thanks to a dedicated team of volunteer translators, French speakers can enjoy it, too.

CIC hosts graduate programs open house

Nearly 50 potential students visited the college to learn more about its master’s and doctoral programs.The CIC’s inaugural Graduate and Professional Inclusivity Day was an open house targeted toward students at historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina, as well as Columbia College and USC.

The Reichert Report - November

Last month, Dean Reichert hopped a plane to China to learn from other journalism and communication deans. Get the scoop on his trip, and find out what else is happening at the CIC.

Brook's life in journalism: Front page to back page

Nina Brook has done it all in the world of journalism. She has worked for traditional news outlets, taught journalism at the high school level, and now is an instructor in the J-school. Despite changes in the industry, she still encourages students and her own kids to enter the field.

Testimonial of a CreateAthon@USC volunteer

Students, mentors and professors alike joined together on November 2 to produce complete advertising campaigns for nine nonprofits in the Columbia area. Abe Danaher, a volunteer at the 24 hour CreateAthon affair, tells his story of how the night went.

A killer career

J-school alumnus James Jude Courtney stars alongside actress Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, a sequel to the same-named 1978 slasher film. But you won’t recognize his face. That’s because he plays Michael Myers, the masked murderer who’s inspired nightmares — and Halloween costumes — for the past 40 years.

SLIS adds new informatics minor

What is informatics? Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, it will be the newest minor offered by the School of Library and Information Science. Informatics replaces the pre-existing information science minor and will give students a more flexible way to learn how information works.

A 'knack' for production

She may have started out as a pharmacy major, but it didn’t take long for Jessie Knaak to figure out that broadcast journalism was her real calling. Now, she’s racking up Emmy Awards as a producer in the NFL.

To ESPN, and beyond

With hard work and a lucky break, current USC school of journalism student Alyssa Butterson now finds herself on the sideline of Monday Night Football games providing coverage for ESPN.

SLIS students speak at national conference

The HBCU Library Alliance Conference offered three students — Patrice Green, Jocelyn Pettigrew and Ashley Silvera — the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and speak in front of all the attendees.

SJMC honors accomplishments of alumni

From Hootie and the Blowfish to Glamour magazine, this year’s Alumni Award winners have done big things since graduating from the J-school. See photos and videos from the awards ceremony here.

SLIS student interns at the Library of Congress

This summer, Patrice Green was able to explore potential careers through one of the most prestigious internships in the country. Green was one of 40 students selected from across the country to spend their summer working within the walls of the Library of Congress as part of the library's junior fellowship program.

Brick by brick

Alumnus David Robinson and his 15-year-old son used more than 5,000 Legos to construct the field, stands, ramps, press box, coaches' offices, scoreboard and the rest of Williams-Brice Stadium.

USC's associate director of visual branding finds purpose in going back to school

Despite working full time, Bob Wertz has been able to balance family time, teaching, being a student and multiple side projects involving his love of typeface, design and writing.

Landess looks to grow the Student Advertising Federation

Jack Landess knows the difference that SAF can make on each of its new members for one simple reason: he was there before.

Faculty Focus: Amir Karami

With a mind for business and research but a heart for teaching, Dr. Amir Karami has found a job that allows him to tap into all of his interests — and his work is influencing how researchers are exploring big data to make even bigger discoveries.

The Reichert Report - October

Dean Reichert recounts a heartwarming story of a student in need whose life was changed by the generous contributions of alumni and friends to the Dean’s Excellence fund.

Research Roundtable discusses corporate social responsibility and advocacy

Dr. Denise Bortree discussed corporate social responsibility and corporate advocacy as they relate to sustainability and nonprofit communication at the J-school's monthly Research Roundtable.

Former USC tennis player continues education through accelerated program

Hadley Berg earned an undergraduate degree in May 2018. But before her graduation date had even arrived, she had already begun working towards her Master of Mass Communication degree through the J-school's accelerated program.

Alumna Eva Pilgrim to anchor Good Morning America Weekend Edition

ABC News has just announced that Eva Pilgrim will be an anchor for their Good Morning America weekend show. Pilgrim is a graduate of the journalism school and a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Bryan's donations provide opportunities for current students

Jack Bryan credits his degree from the then-College of Librarianship for making his long career in public service possible and hopes that by giving back he can empower others to do the same.

Grigg receives PR News award for leadership of The Carolina Agency

Ernie Grigg, an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the faculty advisor of The Carolina Agency, was selected as PR News' 2018 Platinum PR Winner for Educator of the Year at their Platinum PR Awards luncheon on September 21.

Souza gives emotional recollection of history at Buchheit Lecture

There were tears. There was laughter. And there were many rounds of applause. At the Buchheit Family Lecture, Pete Souza and his audience became bound by emotion as they experienced history through his lens.

PR Prose: Those who stand for truth stand alone - Part 2

In this month's article, Dr. Bowen completes the guide for navigating conflicts of interest and competing obligations.

Pierrotti inspires students during week-long visit

As award-winning investigative journalist and USC alumnus Andy Pierrotti turns and faces the students in the J-school's senior capstone class, the room gets quiet. Their attention seems to hang entirely on his upcoming words. This is Thursday, four days into Pierrotti’s week-long professional-in-residence stay at the school.

SLIS professors receive highly competitive grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Vanessa Kitzie and Jennifer Arns, faculty in the School of Library and Information Science, grants for research focused on public libraries and their effect on local communities.

The Reichert Report — September

The College of Information and Communications has nine new faculty members with bold ideas, diverse experiences and creative thinking. Dean Tom Reichert introduces them to you in his monthly column.

Pete Souza to present eyewitness account of history at Buchheit Family Lecture

Pete Souza, the former official White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan and award-winning freelance photographer, will deliver the Buchheit Family Lecture on September 26 at 7 p.m.

Father and son: A freshman steps up to help his dad

David Lankes, director of the university’s School of Library and Information Science, was diagnosed this past fall with lymphoma, his third bout with the cancer of the immune system. Help is on the way in the form of a bone marrow transplant from his son Riley, a freshman at Carolina.

Alumna continues to make a difference in Columbia

After graduation, Merritt McNeely used her PR education promoting some of the city's most significant projects. But now these skills are being employed for clients of a boutique integrated communications firm.

PR Prose: Those who stand for truth often stand alone

In her latest article for PR Week, Dr. Shannon Bowen provides a guide for navigating conflicts of interest and competing obligations.

No crisis: Instructor feeds on same teaching energy — in the classroom and online

Senior Instructor Lisa Sisk's innovative teaching in her public relations classes has earned accolades from students and a Garnet Apple Award from USC's Center for Teaching Excellence.

USC student hones skills at The Island Packet

T. Michael Boddie, a multimedia journalism student at the University of South Carolina, spent his summer as an SCPA Foundation Intern with The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island.

A legacy of learning

Zoe Caulder Hartley graduated with a B.A. in advertising in 1998. Hartley died in 2016, but her devotion to her alma mater didn't end there. Last year, her parents, Stanley Caulder and Zoe Josephson, and brother, Mark Caulder, established an endowed scholarship in her memory. Read more about Zoe, her family and their commitment to the University of South Carolina.

Exploring the world, expanding a major

Capturing photographs in faraway lands and leading study abroad students around the globe are just part of the job for associate professor Van Kornegay. Read more in this August Faculty Focus.

SEC Network adds South Carolina alum Alyssa Lang

SEC Network has hired Alyssa Lang (SJMC '15) as a host and anchor for its studio show programming. Lang joins the network as the new host of SEC Featured on Monday nights, and will have a supporting role in SEC Network's hit studio show, Thinking Out Loud.

The Reichert Report — August

What's new and what's on the horizon at the College of Information and Communications? Get the latest in this monthly column by Dean Tom Reichert.

USC announces the hire of Michelle LaRoche

Michelle LaRoche, a journalist with more than two decades of experience at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, will join the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications in August as its first Baldwin Business and Financial Chair in Journalism.

Student PR team wins prestigious chapter award

The University of South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has been recognized with PRSSA's prestigious Star Chapter Award for the 2017-18 school year. This marks the second year in a row that USC has received this award.

Journalists invited to apply for Media Law School 2018 fellowships

The 2018 Media Law School will provide selected journalists with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the key stages of civil and criminal proceedings and to learn enough basic law to report accurately on many important issues in the news.

CreateAthon@USC announces 2018 nonprofits

Nine South Carolina nonprofits have been selected to receive free marketing services during a 24-hour creative blitz in November, making this year’s CreateAthon@USC the largest event to date. Read about this year’s nonprofits and find out how you can help.

First person: My experience at the 2018 Kellar Radio Talent Institute

In June, public relations major Derrick Vaz attended the Kellar Radio Talent Institute, which brings in industry professionals to teach aspiring broadcasters. Read more about Vaz’s experience and how it built upon the skills he learned in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

PR Prose: Reasons to listen — and really listen

In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses the importance of "listening" to public relations ethics, especially in this age of alternate facts, fake news, fragmented social media, and covert analytics.

Connecting people and information

People become empowered when they have an understanding of information. That idea is what drove Dr. Elise Lewis to become an information science professor. Now, she's recruiting the next generation of data analysts and information architects.

From the warm hearts of South Carolina to the warm heart of Africa

Students preparing for a service learning trip abroad teamed up with individuals and a national company to deliver toys and blankets to vulnerable children in Malawi.

Alumna Susan Elofson reflects on lessons learned

During her time in the MLIS program, Susan (Altman) Elofson says the lessons she learned from her internships, professors and classmates helped prepare her for her current job as school librarian at Eau Claire High School. Read more about her experience at SLIS and how she’s making a difference in her students’ lives.

Learning through service, living through adventure

The Maymester study abroad to Malawi, Africa, merges adventure, learning and service to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for USC undergraduates.

Advertising major wins national case competition

Senior advertising major Allyssa Andrews knew she would have a great time participating in the Washington Media Scholars Foundation’s case competition this summer. What she didn’t know was that she’d bring home the prize.

What is the Carolina Command Center? An explainer

The Carolina Command Center is the CIC's high-level social media monitoring and analytics classroom/research lab. It's the next logical step for a college positioned within the expanding juncture of data and communications. And it's going to impact everyone, from our students, to our faculty, to the world around us.

Senior semester students sweep production awards

It's not the first time SJMC students have won awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, but it is the first time they have swept the news-related categories.

A dean and a president

Just months after taking the helm of the College of Information and Communications, Dean Tom Reichert took on another new role: president of the American Academy of Advertising. The one-year term will mean big things for the dean and for the CIC.

May grad lands "dream" Coca-Cola internship

Sydney Bugg's public relations major has opened many doors for her, including an advertising internship at an agency in New York City and a spring break academy for diverse ad/PR students. Now, another door has opened — a post-graduate internship with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.

Faculty Focus: Kevin Hull

Dr. Kevin Hull has a knack for scouring social media for sports data and translating his findings into real-world implications. The real-world part of his research is something he knows well — before becoming a broadcast journalism professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Hull spent nearly a decade behind the camera.

Donor spotlight: Jennifer Pearce Hammond

Jennifer Hammond, SJMC ’85, has found a multitude of ways to give back to her alma mater. From volunteering with CreateAthon@USC to supporting CIC initiatives through her Dean’s Circle Society membership, Hammond explains the many ways she’s working to prepare the next generation of advertising professionals.

Student Spotlight: Nick Vera

Nick Vera is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Library and Information Science at the College of Information and Communications. Learn more about Nick and his experience in SLIS.

PR Prose: How PR ethics will affect you

In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how all levels of communications, from the CCO to the front desk, must work toward consistent credibility.

Mercury Awards honor SJMC students, faculty and alumni

Top educator. Top student. Top practitioner. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was well-represented at South Carolina's premier public relations awards ceremony.

Graduate with Leadership Distinction: Janelys Villalta

When Janelys Villalta entered UofSC, she was focused on entertainment news. But after taking an interest in sociology, the journalism student found her passion in social advocacy.

Faculty Focus: Dick Kawooya

How do laws influence access to information? Do they enhance knowledge creation or limit it? Can legal interpretation create information barriers for specific groups or populations? These are questions that Dr. Dick Kawooya explores in his research.

Lecture explores public trust in libraries, journalism

How is trust in media evolving, and is that trend spreading into the public’s perception of libraries? Lee Rainie with Pew Research Center shared research on these questions and others at the Deans' and Directors' Lecture.

Alumni Spotlight: Ore Oluwole

Ore Oluwole’s public relations degree has taken him a long way, professionally speaking, even though he’s only a few blocks away from the heart of campus. That’s because Ore now works as the director of alumni relations at My Carolina Association.

Bierbauer honored with the Order of the Palmetto

Former CIC dean Charles Bierbauer thought he was meeting with Gov. Henry McMaster to discuss literacy. Instead, he was surprised with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor.

Teaching and research awards headline symposium

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications held the Fourth Annual Doctoral Research Symposium to recognize and celebrate the success of graduate research and teaching.

Putting theory into practice

While some classes test students’ progress with exams, undergraduate students in this course had the chance to showcase everything they learned in the spring semester by developing real-world implementation plans for local businesses and nonprofits.

Student Spotlight: Alondra De La Rosa

Alondra De La Rosa is a first-year student in the Master of Mass Communication program at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Learn more about Alondra and her experience in the J-school.

USC mascot hands out 15th Cocky Award to Tide ad team execs

‪Saatchi & Saatchi executives shared how they came up with the "clean is everywhere" concept and what it was like to "hack" the Super Bowl.

SJMC celebrates outstanding students at awards reception

Media stars. PR specialists. Designers. Leaders. Students from all majors 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.

Pew Research Center speaker to deliver annual lecture

What does current research tell us about public trust in libraries and news organizations? Lee Rainie from Pew Research Center will explore that question and others in the 2018 Deans’ and Directors’ Lecture on April 26.

Britt Hogg named Student Organization Advisor of the Year

When he’s not managing the Kennedy Greenhouse Studio, Britt Hogg spends his time coaching SGTV students on everything from picking staff members to working equipment. Now, his efforts have been recognized by USC Student Life.

From national champion to WNBA to the newsroom: Allisha Gray's journey back to Columbia

After winning the national championship a year ago and getting drafted into the WNBA, Allisha Gray is completing the promise she made before the draft to finish her degree in broadcast journalism.

PR Prose: The AI revolution and selfishness: What it means for PR

In this column, Dr. Shannon Bowen cites Uber's recent autonomous car accident as one example of new dilemmas posed by the tremendous rate at which artificial intelligence is progressing and the role public relations professionals may play as they advise and develop policy for clients.

Faculty Focus: Holly Overton

Less than two years into the job, Dr. Holly Overton is already making an impact as faculty director of a new student research group.

Edwards named MVP of Ad/PR Academy week

When Henry Edwards’ professors recommended he attend the 2018 AdPR Academy over spring break, he had no idea how much he’d learn — or how much he’d stand out.

Student spotlight: From anthropology to advertising

After one semester in the MMC program, Jay Goodwin found himself with a coveted summer internship at BBDO San Francisco. His work at the agency provided him with valuable experience and a clearer picture of where he wants to go after graduation.

CIC to showcase diversity research

The college will showcase its diversity research and hear from Nicole Cooke, a leading authority on social justice in librarianship, at the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Panel and Luncheon on April 13.

Staffer receives prestigious press adviser award

Bringing a “new energy” to scholastic journalism in South Carolina and “smashing” the model for SIPA’s summer workshop are just two reasons why Leslie Dennis was recognized with the 2018 James Paschal Award for Outstanding Service to a Scholastic Press Association.

First person: My master's practicum at WIS-TV

"Every day in news is a new adventure," says Desirae Gostlin in recounting the final semester of her master's degree. From covering car crashes to active shooter safety in schools, she discusses this hands-on learning experience.

Libraries evolving with times

“Nostalgia is the biggest enemy of libraries today,” says Dr. David Lankes. In this interview with Columbia Business Monthly, he discusses the shift in identity and the challenges libraries face as they try to tailor their services to individual communities.

PR Prose: Deeper into the abyss — Why liars do it

Dr. Shannon Bowen takes a second look at one of the biggest challenges for communicators: How to deal with a liar.

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Stevens

Ashley Stevens, MLIS ’11, manages the emerging archival program at the Historic Ford Estates in Michigan. Read about how her degree from the CIC equipped her to preserve collections from one of America’s most famous industrialists.

Faculty Focus: Lucy Santos Green

Dr. Lucy Santos Green's enthusiasm for helping students started during her career as a music teacher in the '90s. Students who were failing classes lost their eligibility to participate in after-school choir activities -- a rule that meant Green was often left hanging when it came to choir competitions.

Blockchain explained! The impact on media, business and the bottom line

The implications of blockchain technology, the foundation for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, for media and business will be the subject of two executive briefings for senior-level business executives and communicators.

Journalism students launch campaign to help children with cancer

Young patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital will receive care packages, thanks to a group of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The Conqueror Movement

Alumna Khadijah Dennis founded The Conqueror Movement which gives young, black creative and professional individuals, primarily from the Carolinas, a platform to help establish their brand.

The CIC goes SXSW

While some might see spring break as a chance to kick back and relax, six students and two faculty from the College of Information and Communications are using it as an opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in media and technology.

Two SJMC students named among the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation

Public relations senior Vanessa Ruiz and advertising senior Pedro Bernardino were recognized as two of the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students (MPMS) in the nation by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) at a ceremony in New York February 12-15.

Building a stronger community through reading

A collaborative effort between the College of Education and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, housed in the College of Information and Communications, is helping one community unify its literacy efforts.

Q&A: Wall Street Journal reporter discusses how online shopping is changing communities

Valerie Bauerlein will explore how the acceleration in online shopping ripples out into the places we live in her talk, “Retail Meltdown: How Online Shopping is Changing our Communities.”

Janet and Tal: A tradition of giving

Janet Tarbox and her late husband, Tal LeGrand, have a long tradition of giving to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The story of how two people who never attended the school became some of its most ardent supporters is one that spans two marriages, three deaths and more than 40 years.

Faculty Focus: Ken Campbell

Ken Campbell has made quite the impact in his 30 years with the J-school. In addition to his work to improve diversity within the media, he also heads up the school's newest major — mass communications.

Advertising class picks standout Super Bowl commercial

The Eagles won the Super Bowl, but Tide won the Ad Poll. Humor caught the attention of the students who selected the 2018 Cocky Award winner.

Going global: SLIS connects through the Knowledge School

For those in the School of Library and Information Science at USC, libraries are not buildings with books — they're communities with the power to connect the world.

First-year mass communications major nominated for Pushcart Prize

When Mary-Bryant Charles' Facebook notification popped up that she had been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her first reaction was a combination of a scream and a squeal. But few can say they've been nominated for a literary prize before the end of their first semester of college.

The Gullah Project: Protecting their land

Since 2014, Denise McGill’s award-winning documentary short film, The Gullah Project, has been screened in festivals around the country. The project’s success is giving the School of Journalism and Mass Communications professor the creative push needed to turn the short film into a full-length documentary.

From the schoolhouse to the White House

Josh Dawsey, a 2012 SJMC grad, is making a name for himself in the political realm. Dawsey started his career at The Wall Street Journal as a City Hall reporter, then got picked up by POLITICO to be a White House correspondent. Very recently, he was poached by The Washington Post.

SJMC's best of the best

School of Journalism and Mass Communications student Ryan Gareis is taking her job as Freshman Scholar seriously.

SLIS launches Library Scholar Program

The College of Information and Communications and Charleston County School District have established the first cohort in the School of Library and Information Science’s Library Scholar Program. The partnership will work to educate and prepare new school librarians for the district.

PR Prose: The 3 types of liars — How to spot and deal with them before they ruin your team

Everyone's worked with them. Here's how to effectively and ethically deal with a liar in your organization.

Switching Carolinas

As former executive producer of television broadcasting for the Carolina Panthers, Greg Brannon is now sharing his experience with the next generation of broadcast journalists as an instructor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


A $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations is paving the way for the college to enhance literacy throughout South Carolina through WeReadSC.

Alumni Spotlight: Ron Stafford

Ron Stafford may be a recent alumnus, but he’s already applying the lessons he learned at SLIS in his work as a digitization technician. Read more about how Ron’s passion for preservation and information access is making a difference in his community.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

InterCom magazine, the alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, won four gold awards and three honorable mentions in the 2017 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.

SLIS joins the ranks of international information organization

The School of Library and Information Science is the first — and only — program in South Carolina to be accepted as a member of the iSchools organization, an international consortium of institutions dedicated to the information field.

PR Prose: 8 tips for making moral judgments in public relations

Next time some ethically undereducated soul says, "You're being judgmental," the appropriate response is, "Thanks, I work hard to be!"

Information Science students present undergraduate research

Cell phone electromagnetic radiation, transgender acceptance in the south and whole body donors in South Carolina are just a few of the research projects presented at the annual Discovery Day.

Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Hoffman Brooks

From walking cats in New York to overseeing food photo shoots in Texas, there’s never a dull moment in Jamie Hoffman Brooks’ career. Read about how she uses her degrees from SJMC .

SLIS hosts nationwide meeting of libraries and LIS educators

Participants met to brainstorm ways to attract the best people into librarianship and to give them the skills needed to serve their communities.

Think Twice UofSC

A team of public relations students has created a campaign to stop subtle acts of discrimination that often go unnoticed. The campaign hopes to counter extremist speech before it starts by asking students to pledge to think twice before they speak, act or post.

Four Gamecocks thrive in their experience between the hedges

While the Gamecocks may have lost a tough football game against the Georgia Bulldogs, four students walked away with a big win — an amazing, immersive media experience covering the highly anticipated event.

Morrow Fellows attend SABEW Conference in NYC

Two J-school students reflect on their opportunity to attend a conference which is a high-powered gathering of New York business media who dig deeply into political and business issues of the day.

A leader among leaders for 50 years

In this historical piece, Dr. Kenneth Campbell discusses the Columbia Urban League and its leadership in the fight for social and economic equality, justice, and human dignity for African Americans and marginalized communities in South Carolina.

#ThanksDonors for #ThanksCharles

Last spring, the #ThanksCharles campaign raised funding for 23 scholarships. Meet this year’s recipients and find out how their scholarships are making a difference.

Two Carolina students explore the growing world of information science

If you speak with LeAnne Davison and Tavashia Berry, you will learn that they are two students with very different backgrounds and career paths. Despite this, they are among 47 students drawn to the information science major offered by the School of Library and Information Science.

Donor Spotlight: Todd Stephens

Todd Stephens is a county librarian with Spartanburg County Public Libraries. He understands not only how to run libraries, but how to help them thrive. Find out how he uses what he learned at the CIC and why he believes in giving back.

Kennedy assassination documents spark memories

Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Senior Semester Instructor Carolyn Click wrote about her memories of the assassination in a 2013 piece for The State. Reflect with her in this anniversary month.

Ad Characters class dresses up for Halloween

They have studied giggling doughboys. Talking Dogs. Dancing Raisins. But at their last class we found real-life Flos, Jake from State Farm and the Energizer Bunny. You can see them here.

SJMC honors alumni and faculty

From politics to athletics to marketing to creative, they have all been successful in their careers in journalism and communications. Seven honorees were feted at the J-schools' annual awards ceremony. Videos, photos and more.

PR Prose: The underrated value of disagreement

Most ethical problems do not appear upfront. A warning sign indicating "ethical minefield ahead" rarely comes with the territory of what we are asked to do.

Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Cassidy West

As university archivist, Elizabeth Cassidy West specializes in bringing stories from USC’s history to life. It’s the perfect career for someone with degrees in journalism, history and library and information science.

Fake news isn't what you see in your local newspaper

Dean Tom Reichert on fake news: "We know good journalism is real. So, how do we undo the damage done by fake news and reaffirm public trust in newspaper journalism?"

Truth Initiative lecturers to visit University of South Carolina

Representatives from Truth Initiative, America's largest anti-smoking nonprofit, will visit the University of South Carolina for a special guest lecture on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Charlottesville, the First Amendment and the Press

Dr. Eric Robinson discusses the march by white supremacists in Charlottesville last month and why they were allowed to hold their march and spread their message of hate.

Mentor Match: Professional connections that open doors

What’s the secret to a great resume? How do you get your foot in the door in a competitive job market? These were just a few of the questions answered at Mentor Match.

Literacy leaders honored

The 11th Annual Literacy Leaders awards were presented to individuals and organizations who developed and implemented innovative and creative approaches to literacy education in South Carolina.

Five SJMC students awarded prestigious media scholarships

Five students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have been named Washington Media Fellows by the Washington Media Scholars Foundation. To have five winners selected for the honor is a notable achievement — only 23 summer fellowship recipients were chosen from a nationwide pool.

Get ready for a Cocky weekend

On Sept. 15, a 6-foot-5, 773-pound bronze statue of the beloved mascot will be dedicated in front of Davis College. Cocky is seated on a bench, with one hand raised high with a spurs-up sign.

Kim Jeffcoat: A literacy icon

Kim Jeffcoat is a woman of many acronyms: SCCCBL, CRE, SLIS, and CIC. But all these letters simply spell out what she’s been promoting for at least the past seven years: literacy.

PR Prose: PR ethics questions about privacy and security policy

The digital world is fraught with ethical challenges and technological pitfalls.

Alumni Spotlight: Suzi Roberts

Suzi Roberts is proof that an SJMC education can prepare graduates for just about anything. The 2016 public relations alumna will compete in the Miss America Pageant in mid-September.

College welcomes new students to campus

If campus seems like it’s teeming with new faces this fall, that’s because it is. This year’s freshman class is the biggest to date, and the College of Information and Communications is taking steps to make sure its newest Gamecocks feel right at home.

Q&A: Tom Reichert

New dean Tom Reichert shares his vision for the college and the future of the information industries it represents.

School wins record number of awards for journalism and mass communications teaching and research

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications garnered a total of 12 awards for faculty and graduate student presentations, more than it has ever earned before.

Donor spotlight: Art Liberman

Art Liberman, '74, embarked on a fulfilling career in special education following his four years in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Even though he wasn't destined to become a "Mad Man," the advertising/public relations major never stopped using the skills he learned in the J-school.

Flood researchers need survey participants

Were you impacted by the catastrophic flooding that hit the Midlands in October 2015 or Hurricane Matthew last November? If so, faculty examining the role played by public libraries and how community members accessed needed information invite you to take a short survey.

Alumni Spotlight: Chaunté Turner

Alumna Chaunte’ (McLean) Turner has helped cover some of the biggest stories in South Carolina. But before she was executive producer at WCSC in Charleston, Turner was a broadcast student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Read about how the lessons she learned at the CIC still resonate today.

Hearst awards major grant to College of Information and Communications

The College of Information and Communications has received a $100,000 Hearst Foundations grant to strengthen South Carolina communities through comprehensive literacy efforts.

SLIS re-accredited by American Library Association

The American Library Association has granted re-accreditation to the Master of Library and Information Science program at USC. The designation, effective for seven years, is held by only 60 programs nationwide.

Students honored at public relations award ceremony

The South Carolina Public Relations Society named a former student from The Carolina Agency its Student of the Year and awarded the student-run organization two prestigious Mercury Awards.

Graduate student honored with diversity award

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Denetra Walker can now add an academic award to her resume. It's an accolade which will help enhance her career.

Growing savers

Heather McCue believes that children begin to form ideas about money and spending well before their parents teach them about finances. She created the Growing Savers program to help the youngest Richland Library visitors gain a head start on their financial stability.

Visual Anthropology: The perfect combination

SJMC alumna Meg Gaillard has the dream job she never knew existed. It combines her undergraduate and graduate areas of study: visual communications and visual anthropology.

A tale from the streets

Two college alumni and one library school professor have paired with four incarcerated teenage boys to write a book about gang violence. The graphic novel project started with the goal of improving literacy and writing skills, but it has grown into much more.

College names new dean

Tom Reichert, professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia, has been named dean of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina.

PR Prose: Strategy for strategic communications? Why it matters

Redefining our role as a strategic management function is extremely important, yet we have to grapple not only with access to the top of our organizations (or those of clients) to engage in strategy, but with the ongoing debates in defining strategy itself.

Nachlinger's next step

When Harvie Nachlinger started teaching at the University of South Carolina he was new to the job, but he was no stranger to a newsroom. Over the last 14 years, Harvie was able to share his knowledge with hundreds of aspiring young journalists.

A social network

What is the University of South Carolina doing to keep up with the ever-changing world of social media? Internally, the SJMC incorporates social media into classes and externally alumna CJ Lake is the university's newest social media strategist.

Doctoral student chases passion in communications

Doctoral student Khadija Ejaz had to overcome family reservations, cultural differences and even her own background in hard sciences to prove that mass media was the right field for her. She’s overcoming all those obstacles.

SLIS graduates a record number of doctoral students

Eight doctoral students and 61 master's students were honored at the School of Library and Information Science annual hooding ceremony.

Journalism school wins Historic Columbia award

The Kennedy Greenhouse Studio at the School of Journalism has won the award for New Construction in Historic Context from the Historic Columbia Foundation.

The magical, mysterious, maddening world of Senior Semester

At the midpoint of Senior Semester of Spring 2017, Kyle Vuille stood in the middle of the newsroom amid the cheerful chaos of constantly moving broadcast and multimedia colleagues and wondered aloud, “So this is what it is all about?”

Student joins Carolina Agency client on video shoot in Louisiana

Daniel Collins, a junior advertising major and account executive on the team working with The General's Hot Sauce, traveled to Louisiana to experience a real shoot in the filming of a video for the company.

PR Prose: How we can end the era of CEO hubris

United Airlines' Oscar Munoz and Snap's Evan Spiegel are two examples of CEOs not learning a lesson from the ancient Greeks.

Alumni Spotlight: Marty Young

For alumnus Marty Young, fun is just part of the job. Whether he’s interviewing celebrities, cracking jokes or winning broadcast awards, Young finds ways to incorporate his J-school education into nearly everything he does.

J-school offers new accelerated master's program for undergraduates

Saving time and money. Getting equipped. That's what students who enter the school's new Accelerated Master of Mass Communication program will be doing.

Student Advertising Federation announces ad contest winners

The student chapter of advertising's professional organization honored the winners of its annual competition. In addition to fame and glory, students won more than $1,200 in prize money for persuasive and well-researched print and digital advertising.

SCPA Foundation names Mundy Scholar and two interns from USC

The South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) Foundation has chosen the 2017 Mundy Scholar and two of it's three summer interns from the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Journalism school honors outstanding students

Scholarship. Leadership. Creativity. Students were recognized for this, and more, at a reception in their honor. Meet the outstanding students and view photo galleries.

Graduate symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Anan Wan and Jo-Yun (Queenie) Li were honored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the annual Doctoral Research Symposium April 19.

Journalists to be recognized by South Carolina Press Association

The South Carolina Press Association will recognize the work of students in the USC Senior Semester Capstone program on April 21 when college students around the state gather for the SCPA Collegiate Meeting at Francis Marion University.

Creative team picks up Cocky Award from advertising class

Video and photos from the presentation of the Cocky Award to the creators of Buick's "Pee Wee" Super Bowl commercial featuring Cam Newton.

College launches #ThanksCharles crowdfunding campaign

From April 20 to May 4, friends and alumni are invited to participate in the #ThanksCharles Scholarship Drive. The initiative honors Dean Charles Bierbauer’s 15 years of service while supporting the CIC Alumni Society Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for students attending one of our two schools.

Student puts information science skills to the test

Senior information science major Michelle Sprague is putting her skills to use as an intern at local software company TCube Solutions.

Annual lecture encourages bold commitment to information and knowledge school

South Carolina is fertile ground and an "information wonderland." That's the message Dr. Michael Eisenberg spread as the keynote speaker for the Deans' and Directors' Lecture.

Nominations are open for 2017 literacy leader awards

The Annual Literacy Leaders Awards and Peggy Parish Prizes will be awarded in the fall. Nominate an individual, organization or group who has made a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina.

SLIS celebrates excellence at annual event

Students, faculty and alumni whose achievements include excellence in leadership, scholarship and service were honored at a ceremony during the Deans' and Directors' lecture.

Doctoral student wins Carolina Breakthrough award

Jo-Yun “Queenie” Li is a recipient of the coveted Carolina Breakthrough Award. She is one of only 13 USC students chosen from various fields of study ranging from political science to chemical engineering to receive this award.

Alumni Spotlight: Susan Lyon

Richland Library Learning Engagement Manager Susan Lyon is more than just a 2006 MLIS alumna – she’s also a 2017 Public Library Association Fellow. Lyon recently participated in a week-long leadership development program with other library leaders from across the nation.

March Madness creates opportunity of a lifetime for two broadcast journalism students

It has been a wild March ride for South Carolina's men's basketball team as the Gamecocks danced their way to a Cinderella run. It has also been a madcap adventure for two broadcast journalism students who have covered the team from game one.

Student's personal story influences choice of practicum experience

Leslie Knight's master’s practicum at Proverbs 22:6 is not just a degree requirement; it’s personal. The organization serves as an advocate for children with incarcerated parents. Children like her.

PR Prose: Teaching ethics is crucial to teaching PR leadership

Leadership and ethics are forever intertwined, inseparable from one another.

Contemporary art for the journalism school

Custom 3D art pieces were created for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications building. But they are more than just items hanging on a wall. 20th and 21st century technology with a modern design combine to represent the evolution of communication.

Student Spotlight: April Dawkins

Graduating in May after four years at the University of South Carolina, April Dawkins is excited to begin her new role in her academic specialty of school librarianship.

iSchool movement co-founder to deliver annual lecture

Dr. Michael Eisenberg will deliver the 2017 Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Monday, April 3, at the South Carolina State Library. His address will make the case for the importance of the information and communications fields in every area of human endeavor.

Civil rights documentarian keynotes symposium and public events

Stanley Nelson is the keynote speaker for the Media and Civil Rights History Symposium at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and will present at three events which are open to the public.

NY Times columnist to discuss Trump's ascension to the presidency

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Leonhardt will deliver the Baldwin Lecture. Titled, "The Great Stagnation: How "It Created President Trump," the lecture is free and open to the public.

Students win advertising awards, including best of show and four golds

Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications garnered a Best of Show, four Gold Awards and five Silver Awards at the AAF of the Midlands American Advertising Awards gala.

Scholastic media organizations inspire and develop future college multimedia students

On March 3, as many USC students are leaving Columbia for spring break, another, slightly younger, group gathers. Meet some of our current students and alumni who, at one time, were also members of this "younger" group of visitors.

Public relations majors earn national recognition

School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna Chardonnay Ismail and senior Alexis Monroe were recognized by the American Advertising Federation as two of the nation's Most Promising Multicultural Students.

The Carolina Agency wins coveted Donate Life trophy

The campaign by this student run agency helped USC beat Clemson for the third year in a row by registering the most organ donors during the schools' annual blood drive.

Fake news is real

USC Times invited two faculty members and an alumnus who serves as the attorney for the South Carolina Press Association to discuss one of the most vexing of 21st century media problems — fake news

Fake news is a real dilemma for the law

Dr. Eric Robinson gives his legal perspective on "fake news." Can it be barred from publication? What can be done after it's published?

Fieldwork: Alum captures the Falcons in action

Kara Durrette, ’10 journalism, showcases the Atlanta Falcons and uses all aspects of her Carolina education as the team’s digital media producer.

Students participate in Facebook Live Town Hall with WIS TV

Millennials and politics - what's their take on the recent election? Fake news? The immigration order? The challenges facing the nation? WIS TV wanted to know.

SLIS and partners take professional development on the road

It's no secret that regular professional development and training helps school librarians stay at the top of their game. But what happens when providing that kind of preparation becomes a challenge for schools and districts?

College hosts conversation on fake news during Leadership Week

Fake news. It's the new buzzword and the hot topic at an information session hosted by the college as part of USC's Leadership Week

Rebooting an IT career

After more than 16 years as Carolina’s chief information officer and vice president for information technology, Bill Hogue is starting a new gig as a faculty member in the School of Library and Information Science.

Ad class chooses top spot in Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't on the field for Sunday's Super Bowl, but the ad he starred in for Buick was chosen as the winner of the Cocky's Super Ad Poll.

Dean Bierbauer receives prestigious broadcasters award

He’s won Emmys, interviewed presidents and hosted TV shows. Now Dean Charles Bierbauer has another accolade to add to the list: earning the South Carolina Broadcasters Association Honorary Life Membership Award.

PR Prose: PR decisions require more than gut instincts

When you face a decision with ethical implications, do you go with your gut? If so, there's a more reliable alternative.

MMC alumna wins top prize in ChooseATL Ultimate Job Interview Contest

After a rigorous social media campaign, interview, trip to Atlanta and televised competition, a School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate won a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to interview with some of Atlanta’s biggest companies. 

Alumna credits her programs of study for confidence, success

An undergraduate degree in information science prepared Ashley Griffith for her current job and to excel in the master’s program at the School of Library and Information Science. She’s passionate about her career and her programs of study.

Tune in: College, SCETV team up on new public affairs show

"This Week in South Carolina" featuring interviews with the state's news and policymakers premieres this week. Dean Charles Bierbauer is host, but journalism students are producers, researchers and graphic artists on the show which is shot in the school's new Greenhouse Studio.

Studying abroad in Thailand

Stephanie Woronko does not do traditional. China. Oman. Thailand. Her study abroad trips take her to countries that are outside of the typical go-to-Europe programs available to students.

In Memoriam: Dr. Robert V. Williams

His students adored him. His friends and colleagues called him true blue and all of us will miss this one of a kind "Gentleman Scholar."

Alumni Spotlight: Mandy Malone

Pete the Cat is one cool cat, and so is Katie (Mandy) Malone. The 2013 MLIS alumna works as a technical services specialist at the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, Va. From dressing as the famous feline children’s book character to cataloging materials, read about how Malone uses skills she learned in the School of Library and Information Science.

McCue named 2016 Outstanding Librarian in S.C.

Alumna Heather McCue was recognized by the South Carolina Library Association for her outstanding service to the community. McCue says the recognition encourages her to "dream bigger."

Diversity: Awareness and inclusion

For Dr. Shirley Carter, diversity is more than just accepting under-represented students in the school - it's being able to understand those different groups and create an environment of inclusion and awareness for them.

Clearing the dust: How libraries are changing in the 21st century

Students no longer hover over microfiche or use the Dewey Decimal System catalog. Now they are more likely to use eBooks, makerspaces or hotspot lending.

PR has been vindicated

The contempt among journalists for PR has taken many forms, from scorn to evasion and outright misrepresentation, but it's now clear communications professionals are vital.

SLIS past, present and future

The term “geek” has evolved from a connotation that used to elicit a distasteful response. But as technology advances, Dr. David Lankes believes geekdom is, well, no longer geeky.

Managing the mayor

Lauren Harper, a 2016 public relations major, now works full time with the mayor of Columbia as his policy and communications advisor. See how her experiences at USC led to success in the work force and more.

Journalism class helps sustainable soap business expand worldwide

You might have heard that the used vegetable oil from USC’s dining facilities fuels vehicles around campus. But there’s another chapter of the biodiesel story that School of Journalism and Mass Communications students are helping to write.

Sports in society and now in the school

Dr. Kevin Hull taught Sports, Media and Society for the first time to 142 students last semester. The class was an instant hit teaching on the impact of sports journalism.

Alumni Spotlight: Desiree Murphy

Desiree Murphy graduated in 2011 with a print journalism degree. As a writer/reporter for ETonline and Entertainment Tonight, rubbing elbows with celebrities is all in a day’s work.

PR Prose: A revolution of ethics in public relations

Dr. Shannon Bowen examines seven important changes in the state of the field. She says the changes are evidence of more than just the evolution of ethics in public relations, but a revolution.

Translating faith: Cecile Holmes finds meaning in religion writing

Cecile Holmes is what you’d call a veteran journalist. In her nearly 40-year career, she’s covered just about everything, but one subject in particular—as multifaceted as any other beat in the business—has held her attention since she entered USC as an Honors student in 1973. That subject is religion.

Student-produced magazine wins Marcom Awards

For the third consecutive year, InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, won multiple honors for last year's issues.

CreateAthon@USC 2016: A 24-hour creative marketing blitz

From brochures to website building to logos to bumper stickers, 54 students from across campus and 18 mentors from across the country collaborated to strategize future communications for eight deserving nonprofits. See photos and videos from the event.

Staff Spotlight: Katie Bullard, career services manager

Freshly minted Career Services Manager Katie Bullard started her new position in May and is already off to a running start. Friendly and focused, she connects students in the School Journalism and Mass Communications with opportunities that they otherwise may not have had.

Long-time continuing education and alumni coordinator retires

Nonie Price has been a 24-year fixture at the School of Library and Information Science, connecting alumni and friends of the program through networking opportunities.

Bryson Allen-Williams’ interest in election coverage goes beyond seeing the results

Journalism student Bryson Allen-Williams isn’t the first college athlete to have a career in journalism in mind when his playing days come to an end.

Awards ceremony honors outstanding alumni and faculty

Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy nominations, Peabody awards, Mortar Boards. Just a few of the reasons the School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored seven individuals at their annual awards event.

Investigative journalism is not dead

Former Daily Gamecock editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael LaForgia exhorted young journalists attending the Buchheit Lecture to carry the mantle of investigative journalism forward, in spite of skeptics who believe the industry is dying.

J-school hosts inaugural BEA Super-Regional Conference

More than 100 professors, professional journalists and graduate students from around the world — from as far away as Pakistan — gathered to discuss cutting-edge issues and research in broadcast and multimedia education.

Students shoot photos and goals at soccer match

Photovisual communications students refined their craft at a women's soccer match by shooting photos during the game. But two of their classmates were missing; they were shooting at the goal on the field.

Alumni Spotlight: Tobias Brasier

Tobias Brasier, MLIS, 1994, is the director of web services for the School of Law. He is passionate about web redesign and is putting his degree to use through a variety of projects for the school and the Coleman Karesh Law Library. Through his many endeavors, Brasier illustrates just how versatile an MLIS can be.

Interning at New York Fashion Week

Fashion lovers everywhere dream of being able to go to New York Fashion Week, but being a student intern working it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Courtney Sterns, senior public relations student, got to spend Sept. 6-14 working for PR Consulting’s fashion department during New York Fashion Week.

Scholarship in Action: Researchers evaluate the social, environmental and health dimensions of the 2015 flood

The results of these projects will be reported at multiple scholarly conferences and journals, the true impact is in the recommendations made to the library systems, local government, and federal agencies for the improvement of community engagement and services.

Donald Trump and libel

It may be easy for journalists to dismiss Donald Trump’s calls for changes to libel law as part of the bluster that has characterized his public career and candidacy. But while he’s confused on the details, Trump is not alone in this call for fundamental changes in libel law.

Book collection underway for libraries destroyed by Hurricane Matthew flooding

Two USC organizations have partnered to "Read to Rebuild," a program to collect books for libraries devastated by the recent flooding in the coastal areas of North Carolina.

Doctoral student invited to preview new Smithsonian museum

School of Library and Information Science doctoral student Porchia Moore was invited to a preview tour of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

PR Prose: The truth still matters, just ask Ryan Lochte

The bizarre fiasco at the Rio Olympics resulted in major losses for the star athlete while highlighting the importance of ethics and honesty required from all parties - including public relations.

Two libraries: One year after the flood

Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang looks back on the impact of, and recovery from, last year's Thousand Year Flood on two local school libraries.

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Rosa

Christopher Rosa, a 2015 School of Journalism and Mass Communications public relations major, has found his voice as an entertainment staff writer for Glamour.

Writer Dick Lehr explores 'Birth of a Nation' legacy

The college is co-hosting journalist and author Dick Lehr at two events next week. Lehr will discuss the film and his book “The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War.”

Mentor Match: Partnership for success

A record number of students and alumni participated in this annual event which pairs students with alumni who work in their area of interest.

Awards honor literacy leaders

They have gone "above and beyond in the quest to eliminate illiteracy" in South Carolina. And now they join nine years of recipients who have been named Literacy Leaders at the annual awards ceremony.

Professor Profile: Keith Kenney

His office is filled with African art pieces and books on photography, philosophy and research methodology. His life is filled with a passion for the ever-evolving field of photojournalism, both in the classroom and in his travels.

PR Prose: We should all be students of Socrates

Dr. Shannon Bowen writes: Reminiscent of the film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (a comparison that would be lost on most of these young students), I invariably get the question: "What does Socrates have to do with PR?" My answer begins with one word: Everything.

Alumni Spotlight: Prospect research analysts

In addition to holding MLIS degrees, Lindsay Rogillio, Abigail Mann and Hillary Hudson have something else in common: they work together at the university as prospect research analysts. The three specialize in gathering information so that USC's fundraisers have everything they need to succeed.

Creative minds/mentors needed for CreateAthon@USC

Do you have 24 hours to give back for a great cause? CreateAthon@USC 2016 is looking for communication professionals to mentor students for our 4th annual pro bono creative marathon.

The journalism school welcomes new faculty

New faces abound in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Five new faculty members have joined the ranks of USC's celebrated staff. Experienced both inside the classroom and in the field, their breadth of specialties ranges from media law to public relations to news reporting.

Faculty present findings on inclusive school libraries at international congress

Karen Gavigan and Clayton Copeland shared research gleaned from a rural, low-income middle-school classroom and from "Miss Sally" at an international conference examining inclusionary and accessibility strategies in school libraries.

Former broadcast student-athlete lands NFL opportunity

Caroline Cann was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of two different Gamecocks athletics teams, but it was the resources available through the University of South Carolina that helped put her on the path to living her professional dreams as a sports broadcaster.

Holmes named as 2016 Lifetime Achievement winner

Professor Cecile Holmes is recognized by the Religion News Association for her exceptional long-term commitment and service to the RNA and its members, and to the field of religion reporting.

MLIS student named Diversity Scholar

Maria Rios described librarians as being "magic" in her application for this honor. But the opportunities and funding she will receive from winning the award will not disappear.

Library of Congress awards major grant to library school

The Charleston church shooting was the catalyst for this grant application designed to educate South Carolina teachers and librarians about primary sources available through the Library of Congress, including civil rights resources, and how to effectively use them in libraries and classrooms.

PR Prose: Pseudo-events pay dividends from Cleopatra to Chipotle

Convention season is just one example of the value of pseudo-events when they are used in carefully planned and controlled ways.

This is what a maker space looks like

Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang's standing-room-only presentation to the American Library Association Annual Conference provided a lively look at maker spaces - an emerging movement in library programming.

Alumni Spotlight: Karen McMullen

Karen McMullen is a 1994 MLIS graduate. In addition to working as head of access services for the USC School of Medicine Library, Karen also finds time to make a difference in her community.

Welcome to SLIS: Dr. David Lankes

After almost 30 years at Syracuse University, writing over 40 book chapters and journal articles, Dr. R. David Lankes is joining the University of South Carolina as director of the School of Library and Information Science.

Former student wins Southeast Emmy

Madisyn Kellough, a 2015 broadcast journalism alumna, won a Southeast Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a feature package she created during her senior semester capstone course.

PR Prose: Is PR ethical? Only when its practitioners are

If power is inherently evil, does that mean that public relations itself is an unethical practice? Not if PR practitioners are trained in ethical thinking.

Alumni Spotlight: Madisyn Kellough

Madisyn Kellough, a 2015 broadcast journalism graduate, won a Southeast Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a feature package she created during her senior semester capstone course. We caught up with her to discuss her time at USC and how it has impacted her career.

Baldwin workshop: a crash course for budding reporters

While many students see June as a time to unwind, 12 high school journalists spent their time learning the ins and outs of business and investigative reporting.

Atlanta attraction

Alumni in Atlanta still bleed garnet & black. And they still support their school by active involvement with undergraduate and graduate students who come their way.

Broadcast journalism student puts disability access center stage

Broadcast journalism major Sophie Keyes will place the public need for greater disability access center stage when she competes in the Miss South Carolina pageant in late June.

Lights, camera, audio

The tradition of the USC football team entering to "2001" works successfully in part to School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate Mark Slice, the associate director of live operations and engineering for USC athletics.

Student association receives top national honor in back-to-back years

The USC Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) chapter has been named the American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row.

Alumni Spotlight: Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway is a 2009 MMC graduate. Her novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, was recently published by HarperCollins. See how her experience at the CIC has shaped her career today.

Congratulations to our May 2016 graduates

Bachelors. Masters. Ph.D. Undergraduates. Graduates. 300 of our students completed their programs of study and earned their diplomas at May graduation.

Big Mo, Big Data

Dr. S. Mo Jang studies social media, especially Twitter, to determine whether it can be used to reflect public opinion on controversial issues such as gay rights and climate change.

Maymester classes take students around the world

Oman. Munich. 34 students and 3 faculty treked the globe through a whirlwind exploration of local culture, media practices and discovery of one-of-a-kind stories.

New Books for Young Readers

If there is a young reader in your life, the Young Palmetto Books series from the University of South Carolina Press offers unique books that combine entertainment and education in beautifully illustrated volumes.

Leaving a Leagacy

One has handed out his final "I survived Jay Bender’s Media Law class.” coffee mugs. The other is already on a golf course somewhere. Both Bender and Tom Klipstine have retired from the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Classroom not needed

Obtaining a master's degree in the library field is a possibility for non-traditional students because of the distributed learning system at USC's School of Library and Information Science.

Off to Oman

Fourteen USC students and two faculty are in Oman during Maymester on the Media and the Mideast course. USC has a large number of Omanis as part of its international student body, but this is the first study abroad group to ever go to Oman from USC.

Free to Be

Vicky Free's office at BET Networks offers an enviable view of Midtown Manhattan, but the Spartanburg native and 1992 journalism graduate didn't come to New York to enjoy the view. As the international media company's executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer, she's there to do business and get things done.

Alumnus named dean at University of Oregon

Juan-Carlos Molleda is among an increasing number of SJMC graduates who have landed significant administrative roles at leading universities across the United States.

Final bow: Female Cocky graduating in style

For Cocky’s Reading Express, a statewide children’s literacy program, there has been a female inhabiting the mascot suit for the very first time.

Symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Jane O'Boyle and Mark Tatge were honored for research and teaching during the annual School of Journalism and Mass Communications doctoral symposium.

PR Prose: Cleopatra: The queen of public relations?

What comes to mind when you think of her? Beautiful seductress? Maybe. What about public diplomat, researcher, trail-blazing feminist, and public relations pioneer? Also true.

Kawooya awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Library and information science professor Dick Kawooya will spend two months in Uganda this summer working on a different kind of online academic program - one which includes development of a Web-based master's program in agricultural information and communication management.

T-Mobile executives come to campus, claim Cocky Award

The Super Bowl of Advertising class had three special visitors in class: Cocky was there with trophy in hand for T-Mobile execs Peter DeLuca and Andrew Christou, recipients of the coveted award for best Super Bowl 50 commercial.

Outstanding students recognized at awards ceremony

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored students for outstanding leadership, academic performance and creativity at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Pat Feehan feted at annual lecture

It was not your typical Deans' and Directors' lecture. Awards were given out, but there was also singing, dancing and puppets. Laughter and tears. It was a retirement celebration for Dr. Pat.

Student's circuitous career path leads to prestigious internship

Emily Avery said that pursuing library science as a career was a "left turn in life." And this rerouting of her life was prompted by the simple, but oft-asked question, "What would you really like to do with the rest of your life?"

Student wins top honor at Graduate Student Day

Jo-Yun "Queenie" Li took top honors at USC's 2016 Graduate Student Day for her oral research presentation “When Colleges Fail Us All: Campus Sexual Assault: Formative Survey Research on College Student Perceptions, Attribution of Responsibility, and Preventive Behaviors."

SJMC student work stands out in competitions

Journalism students captured 13 awards in the 2015 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate News Contest and claimed 10 awards as winners and finalists in the Region 3 Mark of Excellence contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.

T-Mobile advertising execs to claim the 2016 Cocky Award

The Cocky Award has become a coveted recognition for ad agencies. This year's winning team will travel to campus to claim the prize and discuss the making of the commercial.

CreateAthon@USC seeking nonprofits in need of marketing communications

If your nonprofit needs help - a website, brochure, business cards, logos or any kind of marketing communication materials - you can apply now to be helped by USC students and mentors who want to give of their talents and time to help you advance your mission.

Class projects impact children and communities across the state

In a world where almost everything has gone digital and where 'flipping a page' more often than not means 'swiping a screen,' Dr. Michelle Martin ardently spreads the message that a printed book is still a valuable resource.

Jay Bender presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

He's the soon-to-be-retired bow-tied mass communications law and ethics professor with many accolades. But this honor is for his 30-years representing the state's newspapers and press association.

New director of library school named

Dr. David Lankes, author, researcher and passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today's society is the next director of the School of Library and Information Science.

Pr Prose: Public relations professionals should prepare to tackle nanotechnology

Dr. Shannon Bowen says nanotechnology should not be avoided just because the social and ethical issues surrounding it are complicated.

'Spotlight' journalist calls for return of investigative reporting

At the Buchheit Family Lecture, journalist Walter "Robby" Robinson, portrayed by actor Michael Keaton in the Academy Award winning film ‘Spotlight,' discussed the vital role investigative reporting must continue to play in journalism.

Hats off to Pat

The School of Library and Information Science will hold its annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Thursday, April 14. But don't expect a traditional lecture as this year's program will include a retirement celebration for Dr. Pat Feehan.

Alumni spotlight: College Guardian Society members

Cameron and Anna Fox Burnette received much more than an education from the University of South Carolina. The couple, who recently welcomed their second daughter, credit the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for bringing them together. Read their story and the stories of three other Guardian Society members.

Alumna lands leading role on network news

Millions of Americans are getting to know a School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna in a new way - as the co-host of "Fox & Friends," one of cable news' highest-rated morning programs.

Interns get real-world experience on national stage

Jill Goodtree, Olivia Currey and Richard Lipkin are interns for the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. The three public relations majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications had the opportunity to work for CNN during the television network’s two “town hall” events at the UofSC law school.

USC students use pets, PR to make military veterans feel welcome

Student veterans at the University of South Carolina got some much deserved attention Monday with the help of some furry friends. The school's Student Veterans Association teamed up with a group of public relations students to host "Vets and Pets."

Cameron Kirksey named one of the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation

This public relations senior joined an elite class of students in advertising and marketing related majors who are "destined for great things."

Professor Michelle Martin Offers “African American’s Children Literature as a Genre of Resistance”

Dr. Martin delivered pointed and eloquent remarks at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. She began by playing a tinny recording of two people merrily singing a nursery rhyme tittering about the annihilation of black children.

Boston Globe Editor at Large Walter "Robby" Robinson to discuss "Spotlight" and the future of investigative reporting

Robby Robinson, a central figure in the award-winning movie "Spotlight," is the speaker for the Buchheit Family Lecture. His topic: "Investigative Reporting: How Hollywood Came to Celebrate What Newsrooms Believe is No Longer Worth the Cost."

Students get a front row seat to history during presidential campaign year

Armed with media credentials, 32 USC multimedia students report alongside veteran journalists from CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Former professor and interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications dies

Dr. Tom Weir, an award-winning and compassionate professor and colleague, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.

February Alumni Spotlight: Falling in love with your school library

Cathy Jo Nelson's school activities during the month of February include a blind date with a book.

Alumnus was face of the flood for SC

If Derrec Becker looks familiar, perhaps it’s because you saw a lot of him during news coverage of the flooding that inundated the Palmetto State in October.

The roles of public libraries during natural disasters

Public libraries can be critical to prepare for natural disasters, and three researchers from the School of Library and Information Science have set out to see how.

PR Prose: Neuroethics, public relations, and the need for answers

New technologies present ethical questions that the public relations industry must be ready to face - and explain to others.

It's official: T-Mobile wins the Cocky Award

The votes are in! Steve Harvey turned his Miss Universe announcement blunder into a winning Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile.

Q&A with advertising professor Bonnie Drewniany

The class meets to watch the Super Bowl, but the focus for those in attendance will not be the football game, but rather the advertisements in between the plays.

Charles Lewis to discuss the role of money in presidential campaigns

Journalist and educator Charles Lewis is the speaker for the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture. His topic, “The Buying…and Selling…of the President,” will examine the role of money in politics, particularly in the current presidential campaigns.

Former CNN investigative journalist to discuss documentary, Assignment China: Follow the Money

"Follow the Money," focuses on the behind-the-scenes story of the journalists who during 2012 conducted ground-breaking investigations about China's nouveau riche, and the dramatic, controversial and often frightening consequences.

Former professor and advertising media guru dies

Former professor Ralph Morgan, who inspired many advertising students to become media planners and buyers, passes away.

Dr. Andrea Tanner named director of journalism school

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has new leadership as Tanner is promoted from interim director to the top position.

PR Prose: How saying outrageous or provocative things can activate your full worth

Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses how exploring counter-ideas works to help understand rationales, boundaries, and why you believe something.

Cocky's Reading Express proves its worth

Ten years after its first school visit, Cocky's Reading Express is still working toward eradicating illiteracy in South Carolina and getting kids excited about reading.

Creating for the community

Students working for Ezekiel Ministries had never before created a website in 24 hours, but the energy and passion flowing from teammates, mentors and the nonprofit organization seemed to make anything possible. This is CreateAthon@USC and it's the only reason college students would willingly stay at school for 24 hours straight.

Carolina's cross cultural convergence

Two journalism professors created and executed an innovative and culturally inclusive study abroad program in China that produced a number of culture-based multimedia projects while changing the perspectives of the students who participated.

Our greenhouse effect

Move over 30 Rock! The Kennedy Greenhouse Studio at USC features mass communications students broadcasting live and a hands-on production experience.

SAF announces winners in student advertising competition

Logos. Ads. Videos. Social media campaigns. The Student Ad Federation awarded $1,000 in prize money for student work in a variety of categories. See the winners!

Testing the limits

In the interdisciplinary university, research is not confined by artificial boundaries. Students and faculty collude across majors and schools.

Uncensored: The freedom to read

A student association’s Banned Books Week exhibit “Scandal in the Stacks” inspired the theme of their fundraising calendar, ‘dark force of censorship.' Both the exhibit and the calendar are two of the activities that earned them national recognition.

Beyond "AIDS in the End Zone"

In July 2016, two SLIS professors will return to South Africa to help teens in that country write, design and publish a graphic novel to teach other young adults in their area about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.

Passionate platform

Dr. Samantha Hastings carries more titles than you can reasonably fit on a business card. And as ALISE president, she brings an international spotlight to the School of Library and Information Science.

SJMC professor debuts new book "Snatched"

Child abduction. It’s a crime that is often sensationalized by the media and one that terrifies most parents. For many it’s a hard subject to talk about, but for Leigh Moscowitz it’s the focus of her latest book.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the college, won three platinum awards, two gold awards and four honorable mentions in the 2015 MarCom Awards for two recent issues.

PR Prose: Thank goodness for Volkswagen. It reminded us of why ethics matter

Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses the culture of compliance in corporate America and why communication pros must look closely at the ethics of all decisions, including good will or intention.

SLIS announces fellowship honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd

Cynthia Graham Hurd died in the June Charleston church shooting. A fellowship has been endowed to honor her life and community outreach.

Gamecocks on Greene

The College of Information and Communications's annual Gamecocks on the Green gets a new name in honor of both schools being located in the heart of campus. But the fun and fellowship stays the same.

Unlocking social media's big data

Communicators and researchers interested in how collective online behavior can be translated into usable data met at an in-person and virtual workshop - the first of its kind hosted by students in the School of Library and Information Science.

Master's-degree programs specialize to keep their sheen

Master’s-level programs have had to adapt to keep up with students who seek an educational experience customized to their particular goals, and who put a premium on skills and experience that prospective employers will find valuable. Such programs can be found in SLIS.

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

What do a public relations aficionado, an entertainment marketing officer, a newspaper editor for the troops, a sports broadcast producer and a billion-dollar company's co-founder have in common? They all have a degree from the J-school.

SLIS professor among first to use Open Educational Resources

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of college students do not purchase textbooks due to cost? SLIS's Dr. Darin Freeburg is one of five USC faculty who have been selected to combat that.

Doctoral students and alumnus win information science honors

Doctoral students Karen Miller and Hassan Zamir and 2015 doctoral graduate Chris Cunningham recently received high accolades from the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Building relationships, sparking possibilities

Similar to "speed dating," the Mentor Match program kicks off with a fast-paced networking event which pairs students with alumni.

PR Prose: The C-suite needs problem solvers, not cheerleaders

Dr. Shannon Bowen writes: "To earn your place at the table, in most cases, CEOs will not respect a yes-person. They would rather have someone with a spine in that seat."

Library school to participate in virtual fair for veterans interested in graduate study

Are you a veteran, or do you know a veteran who is interested in learning about our MLIS program? Join us online to discuss our programs and the benefits available through the GI Bill.

J-school dedicates new home of new media

Forget the ribbon cutting! This building dedication featured a banner unveiling and a performance by alumni Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan in honor of the school’s long-awaited new location.

Photo of the Week

Here's a health, Carolina. SLIS director Sam Hastings and staff at USC's annual State of the University report on the Horseshoe.

2015 literacy advocates honored

Joe Keeton, who was "plucked out of a lumber yard to sell books," is just one of the leaders honored at the ALL Awards for contributions in developing and implementing innovative and creative approaches to literacy education.

Insights and insiders to shed light on the 2016 campaign

With the presidential campaign heating up, Dean Bierbauer will moderate an elite national panel in preparation for South Carolina's presidential primaries.

Photo of the Week: Sharing with a Prof

Advertising Professor Bonnie Drewniany is surprised with a very personalized gift from a former student.

Live shots and deadly shots

Are TV’s “live shots” too great a risk? — Dean Bierbauer reflects on the recent tragedy in Roanoke when the live shot became the center of the action.

Have job, will travel

Finding your first job after graduation can lead to new adventures. For Taylor Atkinson, one application took her to the other side of the world.

Students apply classroom studies to summer internships

ESPN. Cosmopolitan Magazine. The Today Show. Ben Carson's political campaign. These are just a few of the places our students interned this summer. Here are their stories.

Literacy Initiatives explained

SCETV's education blog features an article written by Kim Jeffcoat, director of the SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy, which discusses the various approaches to reducing illiteracy in the state.

J-school ready to welcome students in new home reports on the opening of the new building and features alumni response (including a little "friendly jealousy") to the facility, technology and the new view.

Students and faculty honored for outstanding research and teaching

Two USC faculty were recipients of the top faculty awards from the Mass Communication and Society Division of AEJMC, one of the largest and most active of AEJMC - the educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals.

A degree and an evening gown

Graduate student Anna Mills Polatty spends her free time studying, doing charity work and ... wearing a crown? Take a look at her adventure through the Miss America organization.

Student association receives top national honor

The USC Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) chapter has been named the American Library Association student chapter of the year.

Journalism school moves to renovated Horseshoe building from Coliseum

Students and faculty will return to classrooms in August that have state-of-the art technology. The J-school's new home, in a renovated three-story building on the Horseshoe, will have an antiquated feature that students and professors likely will value as much as the new flatscreen TVs and iMAC computers — windows.

Moving out, moving in

It's been a long time coming. More than 1000 boxes have been moved. There's still work to be done. But we've moved out and in. And we've got the photos to prove it.

Giving a voice to the voiceless

Visual communications graduate Jaimie Falke Devita is using her talents to bring awareness to at-risk, inner-city high school students in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mourning the loss of alumna Cynthia Hurd

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 1989 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science.

Evolve, learn and grow with SLIS

To assistant professor Elise Lewis, service learning is more than just giving back. It's also a way for students to engage in a fun experience that develops lifelong skills.

Taking it with Tatge

In a class taught by Mark Tatge, you can expect finances, social media and colorful kazoos. Tatge is teaching while earning his doctorate through the Baldwin Business Fellowship.

Ten years of visual communications

The visual communications program began in 2004 with 35 students. A decade later, many of them are now alumni with established careers in the communications industry.

The road less traveled

A communications degree doesn't always lead to a corporate job. In Zachary Blankenship's case, it led him to Cambodia where he met a young boy who sparked a need for change.

Checking out Egypt

Alumni Amy Coquillard (MLIS) and David Chadwell arrived at their new jobs at Cairo American College in 2013, just weeks after the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Despite nightly curfews and the occasional sound of gunfire in the streets, the couple stuck it out and is now thoroughly enjoying life abroad.

The voice of civil rights

Take a look inside the 2015 Media and Civil Rights History Symposium, the only one of its kind in the country.

Giving back Gamecock style

Rosalyn Durant, a very busy vice president of college sports programming at ESPN, is always available to mentor students — especially when they are fellow Gamecocks.

Clayton Copeland and the diversity council

A young faculty member seeks to expand the Diversity Leadership Group's horizons on campus.

Creating entrepreneurs

Senior instructor David Weintraub teaches students the ins and outs of entrepreneurship in his course, Freelancing for Creative Professionals.

Moving forward

From electronic typewriters of the 70s to robotics and makerspaces of today, the School of Library and Information Science has embraced technology from the start.

Shared control is the future of PR

Social media is commonly studied by PR academics. Dr. Shannon Bowen discusses new research in a UofSC doctoral dissertation which focuses on the relationship variable of control mutuality, or shared control of policy and organizational decisions in social media.

Award-winning research and teaching recognized at symposium

Two doctoral students were awarded for their outstanding teaching and research at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Doctoral Student Research Symposium.

Going out with the Coliseum

In 1985, Bon Jovi took to the Carolina Coliseum stage. In 1977, Strom Thurmond watched Elvis Presley play the Carolina Coliseum. And in 1968, Jim Haney was a teaching assistant, checking to make sure everyone in reporting class had carbon in their typewriters.

Ten years of Cocky reads

Cocky’s Reading Express™ will be blowing out 10 candles this year and, with help from BP America, got itself an early anniversary present – a new exterior for its beloved bus.

What's in a name?

What are we? What we call ourselves? What others call us? What it says on or above the door? Dean Bierbauer discusses the college name change and how it reflects our role and mission.

The perfect marriage

For Tamara King, two things have been major players in her life since day one — community and books. She finally found a way to work both into her career.

When Matters

When McDonald's wanted to create a new ad campaign, it needed archivist Jessica Farrell to look back through the old.

Where Matters

Where you learn it matters. So where you find the story might also be where you find the classroom.

Student-produced film shown at international festival

Hayden Antal co-produced a movie for the 2015 Campus MovieFest as a side project. Not only did it win top honors, it was selected to show at Cannes International Film Festival in France.

Start spreading the news

Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa's hard work at Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.

Jonathan Boston awarded Dewey Decimal Scholarship

School of Library and Information Science student Jonathan Boston has been awarded the Information Science Dewey Decimal Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.

PR students help promote science and mathematics on National Teacher Appreciation Day

Some teachers received a boost to their "cool" factor with a video parody of Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." The Carolina Agency, the student-run PR firm, served as creative consultants, onscreen talent, behind-the-scenes production assistants and social media promoters for the video released in support of science and math teaching.

Student-run firm wins 'Best of Show' at public relations awards

Competing against statewide public relations professionals, The Carolina Agency, brought home the top award for their #RideWithPride integrated marketing campaign to get Gamecock license plates approved in Virginia.

Student PR team to compete in national competition

Five seniors are heading to Chicago to compete as one of three finalist teams in a top national public relations campaigns competition. They'll be back on campus just in time to graduate.

What can bring PR professionals and academics together? Research

Renowned PR scholar Jim Grunig often said, "There's nothing as practical as a good theory." The insights gleaned from the International Public Relations Research Conference can prove him right.

Enriching lives through piggy banks, literature and a caring heart

Children’s librarian Heather McCue has made it a point to find solutions to hardships that can penetrate a community.

Outstanding students honored for academics and involvement

Faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications recognized student award recipients at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Students and community leaders honored at annual lecture

Service, excellence and commitment were the adjectives of the night as award recipients were honored by the School of Library and Information Science.

Coca-Cola creative team to claim the Cocky Award

Creators of the 60-second commercial whose call-to-action promoted online and world-wide positivity via the #MakeItHappy hastag will pick up their Cocky Award for the best Super Bowl ad of 2015.

No pretty dresses

Courtney McKinney-Whitaker, (MLIS '05) has nothing against pretty dresses or pretty sentences. But she knew there would be no place for either in her book of historical fiction for young adults.

Why Matters

Why did our three new faculty members choose teaching? Because they believe in lifelong learning, and know that they can learn from their students.

Donna Shannon honored with Distinguished Service Award

She retired last May, but the accolades continue for Dr. Shannon whose career touched a countless number of students and professionals.

Two alumni named '2015 Movers and Shakers'

Passion. Vision. Mission. They have it. Jason Broughton and Heather McCue were selected from among 300 nominees for this award from the Library Journal.

Distinguished Black Power historian to present public lecture

Dr. Peniel Joseph, a national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights, will address the community on April 3 at Zion Baptist Church as part of the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium.

University of Leeds student wins USC's Farrar Award

Mark Joseph Walmsley's award-winning research focuses on how the process of news construction has affected understandings of the Civil Rights and Homophile Movements of the 1960s.

Digital Public Library of America director to deliver annual lecture

Keynote speaker Emily Gore will discuss community, data quality, discovery, reuse and sustainability within the framework of digital public libraries in the U.S.

'The lesson of more'

The words of Carolina broadcast professor Richard Uray have stuck with Leeza Gibbons for nearly 40 years, teaching her the lesson of "more." The 1978 alumna recently won TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" and plans to use her prize money to renovate a home for families dealing with chronic illnesses or diseases.

Public relations students attend Real World Conference

Old school social networking, finding your niche and the rise of integrated marketing communications were just a few of the sessions available to students at the Real World Conference in Atlanta.

ESPN executive tackles the subject of football and brain injuries

The only thing more intense than America's passion for football may be the way it is played. But what happens to a player every time he's hit was the topic of the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture.

Three student teams win Silver ADDYs for integrated campaigns

Students and faculty attending the AAF of the Midlands annual awards show strolled down the Yellow Brick Road during a Wizard of Oz themed event. Although they did not come home in a hot air balloon, they returned with some fancy hardware.

Broadcast journalism students attend RTDNA workshops

Twelve broadcast journalism students took park in the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas workshops in Charlotte - and one of them returned home with a scholarship.

Landmark SC library packs up treasures during renovation

SLIS alumnus Henry Fulmer is overseeing the moving of millions of documents, mementoes and art works while the South Caroliniana Library is being refurbished.

Not your average internship

Jackie Kilby is glad she was on the library school's listserv. One email blast contained information that sent her halfway around the world to practice her craft.

Notes and press releases

Public relations student Anna Mathias communicates through writing and music. She performs with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and writes for, and edits, websites for other musicians.

A mover and shaker

Armed with only a laptop and one remarkable vision, Susan Lyon led the digital information movement at Richland Library into the 21st Century.

ESPN executive to discuss football and brain injuries

Dwayne Bray will discuss the groundbreaking work the award-winning Outside the Lines program has done to document brain injuries in the multi-billion-dollar business of football.

Davis College's historic restoration

Maintaining authenticity without compromising usefulness has been the mantra of the stabilization and renovation of one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Super Bowl, cool ads, pizza and 100 of your closest friends: Class offers credit for all

Class, clickers and commercials. It all 'Ads'up to one Cocky Award winner for the best Super Bowl Ad.

Who Matters

If the space around you reflects who you are, then Bonnie Drewniany's story is written all around her office.

JEA names Flowers teacher inspiration award recipient

The Journalism Education Association has named Karen Flowers its 2015 Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award recipient for her actions and ability to inspire others to pursue scholastic journalism teaching and advising.

Life on the run

His job in communications for the Southland Conference in Dallas keeps alumnus Calhoun Hipp moving seven days a week.

Doing the right thing

Shannon Bowen's unique, quantitative analysis of media stories and press releases related to Toyota’s auto recall crisis shows the damage that failing to acknowledge ethical lapses in public relations communications might do to a company’s reputation and long-term financial health.

The ultimate price of free speech

Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know that ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.

Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina

At work and at play, Sara Lamberson utilizes her USC education. Alumna takes leading role promoting healthcare in South Carolina.

From anticipation to actuality

The metamorphosis continues. We are on schedule to open the new journalism building in the Fall.

From the classroom to the newsroom

M.M.C. student Jennifer Blencowe credits her USC graduate education for helping her land her first job in a television newsroom.

BP donates $25,000 to Cocky's Reading Express

Cocky's Reading Express has received a $25,000 donation to help Carolina students and the university mascot travel the state to spread the love of books and reading.

Prescription for success

Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner is addressing the increasing need for health and science information with a new textbook. To prepare students, she has collaborated with a colleague to publish a textbook for library and information science courses.

Learning about the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Andrea Tanner is leading the University of South Carolina’s research into what people know, think they know and need to know about the new health care law.

Doctoral student gives prestigious Ignite talk

The Museum Computer Network Conference showcases a series of rapid-fire, five-minute talks from some of the most provocative thinkers in the museum field. And Porchia Moore, one of the eight speakers chosen, is from the School of Library and Information Science.

Former professor’s book explains strategy behind burning of Columbia

A WIS TV interview with retired journalism professor Patricia McNeely whose new book, Sherman's Flame and Blame Campaign, explains a Sherman strategy that she says previous historians overlooked.

ESPN's Justin Connolly discusses the rise of conference networks

Football in the South is a pretty big deal. It is a religion, and the Southeastern Conference is its denomination. ESPN executive Justin Connolly discusses the rise of the SEC network in the Buchheit Lecture.

Broadcast journalism students sweep top reporting spots in RTDNA-C competition

Three students win top honors for news stories produced as part of their senior semester CarolinaNews course.

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Gold. What everyone wants to win. And students won six of them for work on InterCom, the college alumni magazine.

What's wrong with PR education? Students speak out

In her PRWeek column, USC's Dr. Shannon Bowen says schools must change the core competencies within the PR major to meet the challenges of this dynamic field.

Students named to American Advertising Federation's list of top 50 in the nation

Add Alexis Mood and Liana Miller to the list of USC students selected for a national honor: Both were named Most Promising Multicultural Students by the AAF - two of the 50 chosen nationwide.

Multimedia journalism students produce voter package for The State newspaper

Students developed a complete package of stories and multimedia elements addressing election issues, including Lexington County's proposed penny tax increase, roads, agriculture and traffic signals.

School of Journalism honors accomplished alumni

They hold a variety of jobs: director, coach, reporter, ad man and marketing executive. But they have at least one thing in common - a degree from the J-school.

From the Palmetto State to the Twin Cities

Alumnus Sid Bedingfield (Ph.D. 2014, M.A. 2010) heads north to pursue an academic career that began in Gamecock Country.

Gavigan receives distinguished service award

Now in South Carolina, Library and Information Science Associate Professor Karen Gavigan is honored for her contributions in North Carolina.

Graduate students meet mass communication research pioneer

To mass communications graduate students, Dr. Donald Shaw is as famous as a rock star. So it was thrilling to spend an afternoon with this pioneer in mass communications research.

Student curators celebrate the freedom to read with "Scandal in the Stacks" exhibit

The "Scandal in the Stacks" display at Thomas Cooper Library could easily have been called, "I didn't know that book was banned!"

Students get real-world exposure to academic interests through summer internships

This summer, students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications interned at companies nationwide, gaining out-of-classroom experiences crucial to their future success in the industry.

MLIS students earn while they learn

Sarah Funk and Charlsye Preston-Briegel have perfected what could be called the Aerial Map Boogie - digitizing aerial photography and learning archiving skills. But, they also get paid to do it.

Literacy leaders honored

The School of Library and Information Science recognized individuals, programs and organizations that have had a statewide impact on improving literacy in South Carolina.

Cocky's Reading Express celebrates 10 years of working to improve literacy in the state

Why spend your free time traveling across the state to read to kids? Because everyone loves Cocky, and it's part of our larger mission to improve literacy in South Carolina. (And it's a ton of fun.)

Nonprofits selected to receive free marketing communications help through CreateAthon

Talented Gamecocks prep for a good night's work benefitting eight nonprofits and thousands of South Carolinians.

Doctoral students win three top paper awards

Building community, dodging debate and dealing facts, and truth and justice were themes of three top paper awards for mass communication doctoral students.

Diving into integrated communications

Kirstie Russell jumped right into her studies in integrated communications. Munich. Berlin. The pool. And soon, she'll be climbing out into an exciting career.

Men's basketball participates in Cocky's Reading Express

Cocky brought some extra special readers to the library. Not only did they hand out 160 books, they also handed out vouchers to games.

This is Sports Center? Ranta spends summer vacation at ESPN

Jeff Ranta shares his two-week fellowship experience as a member of ESPN's communication department.

When media matters

When students signed up for a two-week trip to Africa, they thought they’d be roughing it without hairdryers and Facebook. What they got was a journey to the part of journalism that changes lives.

A road less traveled: Journalism students use Magellan funds to conduct research

Few students use the words "research" and "adventure of a lifetime" in the same sentence. However, for three outstanding students, it's a perfectly natural combination.

Questions and why we ask them

"I keep six honest serving-men, (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who." That's how Rudyard Kipling describes it. Get Dean Charles Bierbauer's modern-day translation.

Journalism still a viable career choice

Journalism school alumnus Jon Turner wrote a letter to the editor of The Daily Gamecock, USC's student newspaper. Turner described his five years of newsroom experience and his reasons for leaving. His prerogative. But he also summons all journalism students to join him in abandoning ship...

US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

The US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission asked me, in part, to reflect on my time as a foreign correspondent here in Russia, then the Soviet Union, and how we -- our two countries and our journalists -- perceived the relationship.

Wonks, whistleblowers and watchdogs

Now that we've had some time to think about it, reaction to the U.S. government's role in monitoring and collecting our phone and online behavior seems to collect in two boxes. There's outrage: How dare they! And indifference: Whatever. Until we fully know what was done to whom and to what end, vigorous defense seems muted.

Students and community servants honored at annual event

Leadership is what the School of Library and Information Science is all about, and the school has been recognizing leaders for 29 years. From awards to a powerful lecture by Pamela Wright, everybody left the Deans' and Director's Lecture as winners, empowered to take charge in their careers.

International exposure refocuses information studies student

Doctoral student Sara Chizari loves information science, but living in Iran hindered her from furthering her research. So she is now attending the School of Library and Information Science with a SPARC fellowship grant, giving her the intellectual freedom she needs.

PR alum opens the door for others

USC alumnus Stephen Brown is the managing director of the Atlanta office of Cohn & Wolf, a leading global communications agency. His client list includes consumer brands and retail, technology and health care companies. It's a full plate, but the 1995 graduate learned plenty about juggling at Carolina.

Reading Rooster encourages literacy

Helen Fellers, also known as the "Reading Rooster," was honored with a Literacy Leaders Award from the School of Library and Information Science for a storied career that started as a library Bookmobile driver in the 1950s.

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