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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.

Two UofSC alumni part of Pulitzer-winning journalism teams

University of South Carolina alumni Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post and Win McNamee of Getty Images are both part of teams that were awarded Pulitzer Prizes in journalism on May 9.

Photojournalist alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize

In his nearly 40-year career as a photojournalist, Win McNamee has documented world history and national calamity — and periodically found himself in the thick of the action.

No better time

“I’ve leaned over students’ shoulders or sat side-by-side to deconstruct ledes, add context, debate bias, ponder impact,” says retiring Senior Semester instructor Carolyn Click. “It is alternately tedious and exhilarating, this business of deploying the English language to explain, with authority, what’s going on in our corner of the world. I hope I made some small difference.”

SJMC presents honors and awards to outstanding students

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized and awarded for their involvement and academic achievements at an awards reception Thursday, April 21.

Why not? What if?

Romance, historical fiction, sci-fi — for young adult novelist and public relations alumna Shanna Miles, it’s all fair game. It’s also rocket fuel for the imagination, whether she’s typing up the next interstellar adventure or turning kids on to reading and writing as a virtual school librarian.

‘I wanted a professor like me’ – a hip-hop artist explains his turn to academia

Jabari Evans studies the messages that media produce about the representation of race and how that can impact marginalized groups, particularly the Black community. Check out his interview with The Conversation.

Multimedia journalism students win 14 awards from the SCPA

Carolina News & Reporter multimedia students won 14 awards, including seven first-place awards, in the 2021 South Carolina Press Association collegiate competition. The student winners took the Senior Semester capstone course in the spring or fall of 2021. 

Roads not taken

Diplomat Lee Satterfield, journalism '89, missed her first stop but ended up just where she wanted.

'Good Morning America,' Gamecock edition

This week, three University of South Carolina broadcast alumni came home as part of the Good Morning America takeover at Colonial Life Arena.

Isabelle and I

Dean Emeritus Charles Bierbauer, a former Moscow correspondent for ABC News, has been watching the war in Ukraine unfold through the eyes of journalist and SJMC alumna Isabelle Khurshudyan. He discusses how war reporting has evolved since the 70s and the threats journalists today still face.

UofSC PRSSA chapter to host 2022 Southeast District Conference

The University of South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will host the organization's 2022 Southeast District Conference: Eyes on the Prize Feb. 25-26 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with featured speakers from the White House and business.

Career Month Spotlight: Kerry Moore

"Offer Accepted. Resignation Submitted. Ready to Share the Most Exciting News EVER." As part of February Career Month, Kerry Moore shares her first person account of a recent career change.

Advertising students name best Super Bowl commercial in Super Ad Poll

The winning commercial ends with the witty yet memorable question: “Who knew America would tear itself apart over a relatively minor difference of opinion?”

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.


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