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Social justice award winners work hard for diversity, equity, inclusion

Broadcast journalism major Courtney McClain and two faculty members have been recognized for their work on campus and in the larger community as 2022 Social Justice Award winners.

Alumna’s passion for storytelling leads to prestigious fellowship

From growing up listening to NPR podcasts to now being an NPR Kroc Fellow, mass communications alumna Taylor Jennings-Brown has turned her passion for storytelling into a career.

College mourns death of longtime supporter

Manny Gaetan died Dec. 24, 2021. He was a founding member of the Dean’s Circle Society and invested a lot of his time, talents and financial resources into the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Alumni Spotlight: Christine "Lizzie" Howell discusses running the social media platforms of the oldest engineering society in America

The social media presence of the oldest and one of the most prestigious engineering organizations, the American Society of Civil Engineers, is in the hands of University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna Lizzie Howell.

Screening for effect — Study finds correlation between smartphone usage, well-being

When Robert McKeever and a colleague launched a smartphone usage study in 2017, they timed it to coincide with an update of Apple’s iOS that for the first time tracked weekly screen time.

How do viewers feel about broadcasters working from home? They don’t hate it, a study finds

In a Poynter interview, assistant professor Kirstin Pellizzaro discusses an experiment she conducted to determine whether stations should consider letting journalists report from home.

CreateAthon@UofSC wraps up its seventh year

While pulling a late night is an all-too-familiar feat for many college students, J-school students participating in this year’s CreateAthon@UofSC proved themselves to be caffeine-fueled, all-nighter experts.

Saving lives through social media

Dr. Brett Robertson, new to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is definitely not new to the field of communication. His research aims to serve a greater purpose — to aid those impacted by natural disasters and encourage people to prepare for them.

Studying the dangers of health misinformation

With misinformation concerning the COVID-19 vaccine swirling on social media, it’s important to find the best ways to communicate health risks to the public. Associate professor Jungmi Jun is researching just that at the College of Information and Communications.

Chief Keef changed the music industry – and it’s time he gets the credit he deserves

A lot could be gained by not overlooking the creativity and ingenuity of teens and young adults like drill music vanguard Chief Keef. Journalism and mass communications professor Jabari Evans writes for The Conversation that drill subculture arose out the ways Chicago's Black youth navigate violence and poverty by innovating within social media.

To social media and beyond

Technology changes at lightning speed, and SJMC assistant professor Kirstin Pellizzaro is working to better understand how journalism is evolving to keep pace with it. Read more about Pellizzaro’s research in this profile by Honors College freshman and broadcast journalism major Griffin Goodwyn.

Sophomore vis comm student named Freeman-ASIA Scholar

Visual communications sophomore Chloe (Hui) Penaflor will be seeing classes in a totally different light next semester when she exchanges the J-school halls for that of Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea.

Students receive awards from two professional organizations

University of South Carolina students and recent graduates once again swept the annual South Carolina Press Association collegiate awards and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards.

New faculty spotlight: Jabari Evans

Jabari Evans is an assistant professor of race and media in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He earned his doctorate in media, technology and society from Northwestern University after a 10-year career as a hip-hop artist.

Podcast bridges the gap between students, real-world opportunities

Visual communications instructor Jason Porter knows his students are deserving of the dream jobs they’ve worked hard to prepare for. That’s why he makes careers more accessible to them by welcoming guest speakers into his classroom. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person classes in spring 2020, Porter launched his Let’s Get a Job podcast as a way to continue sharing guest speakers with students.

Journalism through numbers: Alumna tells stories with statistics

If you turned to the internet for insights leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with vis comm alumna Anna Wiederkehr’s work.

What goes into a disaster kit and go-bag?

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

SJMC announces search for data journalism professional-track instructor

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

A leg up

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

Reaching more patients in need

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

A chance on education

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

In memoriam: Jarvis "Jay" Latham

Jay Latham trained journalists for 25 years as a member of the broadcast faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

From the city of dreams to the city that never sleeps

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

True grit

MMC and health communication certificate alumna Sara Sinclair wants to help people live a healthy lifestyle and improve their food mindset through her business, Get Gritty Nutrition. 

Public relations to politics

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


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