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Contributions of four Black SJMC alumnae commemorated with bricks on Horseshoe

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe. Four of the women are alumnae of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJMC students win big at 2023 AAF Midlands Awards Gala

Best of Show was just one of the many awards students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications brought home from the AAF Midlands American Advertising Awards Gala on Feb. 18, 2023.

CIC meet and greet

The college has a number of new staff in key positions — development, communications and career services. Get to know them here.

Social Media Insights Lab analysis: A lot of people don't believe Alex Murdaugh

As the nation has watched the trial of Alex Murdaugh unfold in Walterboro, S.C., people across the country have taken to social media to share their opinions about the case and its central figures.

Jelani Cobb to speak at joint symposiums

Jelani Cobb, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, journalist, historian and journalism school dean, will be the keynote speaker for the joint Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium and the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium on March 30-31.

Now streaming: MLIS grad makes herself heard at Sling TV

Sara DeSantis got over her shyness after completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree and with her newfound confidence has been put to the test in her newest role as a content acquisitions specialist at Sling TV.

Life by the reins

Kristen Terebesi. If you follow USC’s equestrian team, you might recognize the name. Terebesi discovered her passion for horses early and has been turning heads as an equestrian competitor for as long as she can remember.

Carrying on a legacy

For decades, the face of librarianship has been dominated by white females. The iSchool set out this year to help change that imbalance by actively recruiting a more diverse talent pool for its Ph.D. program.

Seven degree shift

Chris Horn doesn't want to make a big deal about retirement, but the University of South Carolina community will miss him. Horn, who retired in December 2022, has been a mainstay at his alma mater for 34 years.

PR grad Lauren Harper drives political engagement, pitches big tent

Lauren Harper knows what she wants, but she also knows when to pivot. In high school, she planned to pursue a journalism career, but she switched to public relations her freshman year at USC, caught the public service bug then carved her own path.

DIY enthusiasts thrive through difficult times

Chance and Mackenzie Edwards packed a lot of life into a short time period: They got married, went on a honeymoon; he got laid off and they started a business — all during a pandemic. But for the CIC graduates, the struggles led to something they’re now thankful for.

Jack Claypoole gets it done

Jack Claypoole likes to finish things — and there’s always something else that needs finishing. Right now, that means shepherding projects as executive director for strategic initiatives for his alma mater.

Advertising senior named one of the nation's most promising multicultural students

Senior advertising major Amari Edwards was named one of the 50 members of the 2023 class of AAF's Most Promising Multicultural Students.

iSchool spotlight: Reflections from our undergraduate alumni

What do a policy analyst for a law and lobbying firm and a technology consultant at Ernst and Young (EY) have in common? ... A deep appreciation for their undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree and a love for their alma mater, the University of South Carolina.

Arreya donates digital signage software to School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Students taking our digital signage class will benefit from a software donation by Arreya Software which gives them hands-on experience with all areas of digital signage, from design and creation to distribution and scheduling.

PopCorners commercial wins 20th Super Ad Poll

Senior finance major Kevin Judge called it Sunday night at 9:11 p.m., tweeting, "PopCorners with the best ad of the night." Whether reading the room or expressing his personal opinion, he was spot on.

City of love

J-school alumnus Jay Pou and iSchool alumna Katherine Magner are husband and wife and members of the Columbia chapter of the USC Alumni Association. They demonstrate pride in not only USC but Columbia.

Willingness to take rejection in stride brought an alumna’s dreams to fruition

Growing up, Kimberly Elchlepp, PR 2012, religiously watched sports TV when she wasn’t playing volleyball or softball. She went on to make her sports enthusiasm into a career as a college sports senior publicist for ESPN, but not without a few detours in her career path.

Fake news! But what does it mean?

Dan Sultanescu, visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Carolina, shares the result of his research on the evolution of the global conversation on misinformation, disinformation and fake news.

J-school faculty produce and direct independent documentary on Holocaust survivors

Three School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty directed and produced "TRACES, Voices of the Second Generation," which follows 19 children of Holocaust survivors telling their parents' stories and the impact it had on "second-generation survivors."

International forum explores the eclectic role social media plays in the lives of Gen Z

Students, influencers and academics from around the globe gathered to discuss the impacts of social media on the lives of young people, focusing on the voices of youth, influencer culture and social media as a tool for social change.

Public relations team wins second place in national competition

Students from the PR Campaigns class in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications won second place in the national Invent2Prevent Competition sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and EdVenture Partners.

Influencers, ideas and uncertainty: How Gen Z lives social media

Prominent social media influencers, subject matter experts and young people from all over the world are coming together at the University of South Carolina to discuss the role and impact of social media on today’s youth in an international forum hosted by the College of Information and Communications and UNESCO.

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.

Information Security and Intelligence course teaches students about the human side of cybersecurity

What happens when an international bank with customers around the globe has a data breach? Who decides next steps and how to prevent future breaches? The iSchool recently developed a course that helps students learn how organizations answer questions like these.


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