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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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