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May/June 2019

Dr. Nicole Cooke will join the School of Library and Information Science in the fall as Augusta Baker Chair. A prolific scholar and an esteemed leader in the LIS field, Dr. Cooke is well-known for her research into diversity and social justice in librarianship. 

Students place second in national competition

A team of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications beat out nearly 70 other groups to take home second place in the national Bateman Case Study Competition. Read more »

Continuing to shine the light

SJMC alumnus Jimmy DeButts, an editor and columnist at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, returned to campus in April to talk to students about the importance of local news  and about his five colleagues who were gunned down when a gunman stormed his newsroom last year. Read more »

The path to the Panthers

Not long after graduation, 2015 broadcast alumna Caroline Cann landed a job most seasoned professionals can only dream of: media personality and content producer for the Indianapolis Colts. Now, after three years, she's bringing her skills back home as a reporter/producer for the Carolina Panthers. Read more »

Making history

School librarians across the state celebrated when SLIS alumna Tamara Cox was named a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Though she didn't take home the top honor, Cox's recognition has helped highlight the powerful impact librarians have on student learning. Read more »

Extra Innings

Baseball writer Bill Madden has enjoyed a remarkable, 50-year career as a reporter, columnist and sports biographer. This spring, he finally finished his degree in journalism. Read more »

Leading the way

As the newly named president of Cookerly Public Relations in Atlanta, alumnus Stephen Brown will continue to use his professional success to support UofSC, particularly students looking to follow in his footsteps. Read more »

Munich. Italy. New York.

From travel writing in Rome to networking with media executives in New York City, Maymester 2019 took CIC students around the globe. Check out our travel blog to see what they learned. 



Thomas Bell (B.A., 2015) has joined Horry County, South Carolina, as a public information officer. He works primarily with the Horry County Emergency Management Department focusing on media relations, social media and public education. 
Patrick Sutton (B.A., 2013) has joined Blockchain in New York City as communications lead. Sutton previously worked for Paragon in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he began the company's cryptocurrency practice, led the U.S. Media Relations team and was named a 2017 PR News Rising Star.
Nicholas Needham (B.A., 2009) was awarded the Roy H. Park Fellowship to pursue an M.A. in media and communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kristin (Whittaker) Buchman (B.A., 2016) married Alex Buchman, a strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Carolina, in March. She works for the South Carolina State Treasurer's office as a communications specialist.
Marjorie (Riddle) Duffie (B.A., 2006) has joined the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina as publications manager.
Elizabeth "Liz" Hill (B.A., 2010) has joined TK Promotions in Glen Allen, Virginia, as an account manager specializing in collegiate and corporate clients.

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