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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.

A lasting impact

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

CreateAthon@UofSC announces 2021 nonprofits

Six deserving nonprofits and about 100 students are gearing up for the eighth annual CreateAthon@UofSC, a 24-hour event where Gamecocks donate their time and talent to help deserving nonprofits.

A promising future

Advertising alumnus Johnathon Fuerte's future looks bright. Fuerte, who graduated in May, was named one of the American Advertising Federation's Most Promising Multicultural Students for 2021.

Tori Richman scores big at the Super Bowl

Nearly 6 million Americans gathered to watch the 2021 Super Bowl as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought home the title. But as most people watched from their TVs, SJMC alumna Tori Richman watched through her camera lens on the sideline.

Her Adidas: Global marketing executive Vicky Free talks diversity, equity, inclusion

Broadcast journalism alumna Vicky Free was named vice president for global marketing at Adidas in 2020. Free focuses on marketing strategies, but the ethos of diversity, equity and inclusion informs her thinking every step of the way.

In memoriam: David Weintraub

Former School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty member David Weintraub died Aug. 25, 2021.

How public health partnerships are encouraging COVID-19 vaccination

The SJMC’s Brooke McKeever and other researchers explain how they’re teaming up with nonprofits and other organizations to encourage more people to get these potentially lifesaving shots.

Student Spotlight: Alli McCraw

Senior Alli McCraw is building her resume one internship at a time. And in the process, she’s learning skills that will help her hit the ground running when she graduates.

Visual communications students recognized by international organization

School of Journalism and Mass Communications visual communications students will be honored for excellence in design at the 2021 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication virtual conference on Aug. 4.

Alyssa Lang is a rising star at ESPN. Her time in Columbia helped her get there

The State newspaper spotlights 2015 J-school alumna Alyssa Lang, who is making a name for herself in sports broadcasting.

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.

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.

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.


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