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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.


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