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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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