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JULY 2020

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Reopening schools:
S.C. and U.S. opinions

The lab analyzed nearly 800,000 social media posts to learn where users stand on potentially reopening K-12 schools in the fall.
The full report 
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S.C. and COVID-19:
A national conversation

As coronavirus cases rise in South Carolina, so too are social media conversations about the Palmetto State and its problem with the pandemic.
The full report 
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"Trumptilla" surges on social media

Social media conversations about the pro-Trump boat parade on Lake Murray trended nationally with little criticism about the event being held during the coronavirus.
The full report 

Social media users pledge to wear masks

Campaigns encouraging South Carolinians to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are receiving a small but positive response.
The full report 

Faculty and students recognized by national association

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has recognized nine SJMC faculty and graduate students with top awards and accepted 27 papers for presentation. 

Reading is only a step on the path to anti-racism

In this Publishers Weekly article, Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke suggests viewing one's anti-racist journey in three stages.

Alumnus is the new president of the Alumni Association's Board of Governors

Robin Roberts, '76, a recipient of the SJMC's Distinguished Alumnus award and founding member of the CIC's Dean's Leadership Council, will serve a two-year term and preside over the 19-member board. 
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Cocky's Reading Express has gone online 🐔💻

Looking for things to do with your children or grandchildren? Cocky and his friends are sharing their love for reading online. Check out the Cocky's Reading Express YouTube playlist below. ⬇️
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Help students seeking internship experience

Many students are unable to work summer internships because of COVID-19, so the School of Journalism and Mass Communications has created a class to help them gain that experience. You can help! Funds raised will go toward supporting students and making this experience possible.


Tori Richman, BA, 2019, has been hired as a photographer by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She is one of just five full-time, female photographers in the NFL. 

Sarah Pritchard, BA, 2020, has joined WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a news producer. 

William Rioux, BA, 2020, has joined WRDW in North Augusta as a producer/multimedia journalist. 

Jade Unser, BA, 2013, has been named account supervisor at Mode in Charlotte. Unser directs the company's largest account, Boar's Head, and has led the agency to two gold ADDYs and a Best of Show for her work. 

Charlotte Raiford, BA, 2020, has been accepted to Southern Methodist University's Master of Science in Management and MBA program at the Cox School of Business.

Lee Goble, MMC, 2019, has been named to the Columbia Opportunity Resource Board of Directors. He is also a member of Public Relations Society of America South Carolina Chapter. Goble works as a communications associate for Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Sam McCuen, BA, 1963, has received Columbia Museum of Art's John Richard Craft Leadership Award.

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