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Former journalism professor lands on front lines of Murdaugh trial

Jay Bender, a former USC media law professor, has been appointed by S.C. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman to serve as a liaison between the court and the media for the high-profile Alex Murdaugh murder trial.

Thompson wins copy editing award

Junior public relations major Emily Thompson is the recipient of this year’s Henry T. Price Award for Outstanding Student Copy Editing.  The award includes a $450 scholarship.

Doctoral student wins Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award

Ali Zain, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was awarded a 2023 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award from the University of South Carolina Office of the Vice President for Research.

Calling Deion Sanders a sellout ignores the growing role of clout-chasing in college sports

Jabari M. Evans, assistant professor of race and media, writes for The Conversation on the increasing role of fame and money in college sports.

Student lobbyist strives to create an inclusive campus: 'If no one else will do it, then I'll do it'

Courtney McClain, a fourth-year broadcast journalism student, spends her time writing, giving speeches, attending rallies and speaking with families and attorneys. She said her motivation is to always do things "for the people."

USC begins search for Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The University of South Carolina invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The position is available in July 2023.

Football fan to trailblazing anchor

2015 journalism alumna Alyssa Lang made it to the national spotlight with ESPN at SEC Network less than five years after graduating from USC.

"Gru Steals the Moon" wins annual Monster Mash competition

"Gru Steals the Moon" claimed the top spot in the annual Monster Mash competition. Featuring staffer Dan Stewart replicating the iconic image in the movie "Despicable Me," it was the handiwork of Elizabeth Merritt and Lawson Estridge.

J-school honors accomplished alumni at awards dinner

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications presented awards to six alumni and two faculty at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022.

Alumni recount their journalism roles in Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni Josh Dawsey, '12, and Win McNamee, '85, presented the 2022 Buchheit Family Lecture to a standing room only crowd of more than 300 students, faculty and members of the community.

USC Alumni Association names former SJMC student its Outstanding Young Alumnus

Justin Williams, '06, was the 2022 recipient of one of the Alumni Association's highest honors. As an undergraduate, Williams served as student body president and was named to the American Advertising Federation's list of top 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation.

Journalism school seeks two new professional track instructors

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is seeking to hire full-time instructors to teach in the broadcast journalism and visual communications sequences.

After the Storm: Two Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni to present Buchheit Lecture

Win McNamee and Josh Dawsey will reflect on their press and photography coverage of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

College mourns death of former journalism professor Cecile Holmes

Cecile Searson Holmes, an award-winning journalist and former head of the journalism sequence at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

The Conversation: Preparing health care systems for disaster

Brett Robertson, assistant professor of communication in UofSC's College of Information and Communications, writes for The Conversation about how hospitals and other health care organizations can better prepare for disasters.

Alumni Spotlight: Lara Zwiebel

Landing a job in New York City is a dream for many students and a dream-come-true for class of 2021 advertising alumna Lara Zwiebel.

Former television anchor now sparks love of nature for children

It’s been a long road from journalism to children’s books for Angela McCurry May, an alumna of the College of Information and Communications. She always planned to report the news — and she has. Now, she is also making the news as a New York Times bestselling children’s book co-author.

Royal Roots: Former Miss Gamecock competes for Miss USA Crown

School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate and former Miss Gamecock, Meera Bhonslé will compete for the title of Miss USA on Oct. 3.

News interns expand horizons

Meet two journalism students — master's student Lauren Pringle and junior Caleb Bozard — who interned at the Times and Democrat this summer.

Advertising professor studies connection between emotions, media messages

In an era when facts are discounted while highly improbable information is accepted as gospel, Taylor Wen is looking at how our emotions affect the way we process communication.

Ken Baldwin: A tribute

Kenneth W. Baldwin Jr., one of the most dedicated benefactors of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died Monday at the age of 96.

CreateAthon@UofSC seeking nonprofits in need of marketing communications

The University of South Carolina is accepting applications from area nonprofits for the annual CreateAthon@UofSC, scheduled for Nov. 4 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Selected nonprofits receive free communication materials including websites, brochures, letterheads, business cards, logos, posters, press releases and more.

Students learn to find the human experience in business journalism

The Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Initiative is changing the mold, encouraging students to embrace a form of business journalism that goes beyond the numbers. Just in its fourth year, this program has evolved quickly and led two journalism students, Connor Hart and Emma Dooling, to win multiple awards.

How to brainstorm brilliant ideas in teams - without sliding into 'group think'

Sharing ideas can get messy when colleagues don't understand or support novel concepts - or if they shut them down altogether. Visual communications professor Sabrina Habib writes for The Conversation on concrete ways to facilitate idea generation, both individually and in groups.

Countries with lower-than-expected vaccination rates show unusually negative attitudes to vaccines on Twitter

Journalism and mass communications professor Jungmi Jun writes for The Conversation on the influence emotions toward vaccines may have on whether a person decides to get a COVID-19 vaccination or not.


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