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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.

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.


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