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iSchool Spotlight: Alex Chambers

Associate professor Vanessa Kitzie catches up with Alex Chambers near where he now works as a product consultant for Deloitte. They talked about his decision to pursue an information science degree, his time at the University of South Carolina, and what he’s up to now in his new career.

Brooks Hearn: Rooted in research

Brooks Hearn, a senior public relations manager at Chernoff Newman, reflects on her time at USC as a public relations major and Honors College student and how it shaped her future career.

World Press Freedom Day sparks global conversation

The 30th anniversary of UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day prompted more than 400,000 social media mentions and billions of views worldwide, according to the Social Media Insights Lab at the University of South Carolina.

Graduate looks back on lessons learned at USC

Journalism major Holly Poag discusses her time and experiences at the college and The Daily Gamecock.

iSchool celebrates graduates with spring hooding

The School of Information Science held its spring hooding ceremony for the largest undergraduate class since the major began, along with a large class of Master of Library and Information Science students and one doctoral graduate.

iSchool hosts Augusta Baker Lecture featuring Renée Watson

The fourth annual Augusta Baker Lecture was held at Richland Library Main on April 21. Critically acclaimed author Renée Watson read excerpts of her writing and discussed her work with Nicole Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in the School of Information Science at USC.

Advertising team wins prestigious Mosaic Award

The Advertising Team from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications won the prestigious Mosaic Award at the American Advertising Federation District Three Regional Student Competition for their "You Deserve Better" campaign for the job search platform Indeed.

Faculty honor outstanding SJMC students

Outstanding students were honored at the annual awards reception for excellence in scholarship, creativity and research in the fields of advertising, journalism, mass communications, public relations and visual communications.

Laura Smith wins 2023 Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education

A panel of former Bliss winners unanimously selected Smith, a consummate broadcast educator, based on letters from students, colleagues, and documents supporting an exemplary record of teaching, research, and service.

Leadership award winner hopes her success helps others

Ethena Inez Lighty has left her mark on the Carolina and Columbia communities through her dedication to leadership and service.

A photojournalism adventure at the Carolina Cup: The thrill of the chase

Students participating in the Talmadge Moore LeGrand photojournalism workshop at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications photographed the 88th running of the Carolina Cup, a steeplechase racing event in Camden, South Carolina.

Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream

Honors alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.

Award-winning author headlines the 2023 Augusta Baker Lecture

Renée Watson, recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newbery Honor for the young adult novel, Piecing Me Together, will be the keynote speaker for the Augusta Baker Lecture, April 21.

Alumna writes encouraging words to graduating seniors

Hazel Mathieu (PR, '20) encourages students and new graduates to not lose sight of what's important to them when exploring the different options and routes open to them after college.

Makeup for Manhattan

SJMC graduate Adam Collins has always wanted to move to New York. So with little more than a suitcase and some big city grit, he did. Because of his creative versatility and strong background in visual communications, he landed a design job before he even found an apartment.

iSchool Spotlight: Reflections from our undergraduate alumni

What do a client case representative and an IT tech from two different cities (Charlotte and Charleston) have in common? Something that they wish they did not…

SJMC students racking up big wins in national broadcast competitions

Broadcast journalism students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have won major awards in two national competitions: the Hearst Journalism Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Awards.

CIC declares slippers official academic footwear of college

In an effort to keep pace with current trends in student behavior, the College of Information and Communications has declared slippers the official academic footwear for the college.

Aliyah Boston’s mind is as sharp as her shooting

Reigning women’s college basketball player of the year Aliyah Boston dominates on the court and in the classroom. She jokingly describes herself as an “academic weapon.”

Jelani Cobb to speak at joint symposiums

Jelani Cobb, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, journalist, historian and journalism school dean, will be the keynote speaker for the joint Inclusive Excellence Research Symposium and the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium on March 30-31.

Alumna Erika Ryan is representative of the next generation of storytellers

From editor-in-chief of "Garnet and Black" magazine to interviewing Martin Scorsese, Erika Ryan has left an impression on every newsroom in her career path. The mass communications alumna has explored almost all forms of news media from being a print journalism major to now producing National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."

iSchool hosts 38th Deans' and Directors' Lecture

The School of Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the 38th Deans' and Directors' Lecture and awards ceremony on March 16. The keynote speaker was cybersecurity expert Eddie Doyle.

Contributions of four Black SJMC alumnae commemorated with bricks on Horseshoe

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe. Four of the women are alumnae of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJMC students win big at 2023 AAF Midlands Awards Gala

Best of Show was just one of the many awards students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications brought home from the AAF Midlands American Advertising Awards Gala on Feb. 18, 2023.

CIC meet and greet

The college has a number of new staff in key positions — development, communications and career services. Get to know them here.


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