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JUNE/JULY 2021

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SJMC Alumni Award nominations are now open


Please consider nominating a candidate for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications' Alumni Awards.

Nominations are easy! Just think of someone who has made an impact in his or her career or community. You can even nominate yourself. Fill out the form below and the SJMC faculty and director will consider nominations and vote on finalists. Nominations must be received by July 19. Winners will be recognized at the SJMC Alumni Awards dinner on Oct. 1, 2021.
 
SUBMIT A NOMINATION
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Get your Augusta Baker T-shirt today! 


Augusta Braxton Baker was a legendary and beloved children’s librarian and storyteller who made South Carolina her home after a 37-year career at the New York Public Library. A trailblazer for black librarianship, her legacy lives on through the School of Information Science's Augusta Baker Chair, which has been held by Nicole Cooke since 2019. Support Cooke's work and honor Baker's legacy by purchasing a shirt at the link below. ⬇️
 
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The winning shot 🏆


Getting published is par for the course in our visual communications program. Check out award-winning photography from Van Kornegay's portfolio class. Students focused on Gamecock sports for the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine photo contest, sponsored by the Talmadge Moore LeGrand Photojournalism Endowed Scholarship Fund. 
 
THE WINNING PHOTOS
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CIC Conversations: Journalist Steve Capus to speak July 7


Stephen Capus is a renowned executive, veteran broadcast professional and award-winning journalist. He was the executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 2001 to 2004 and The News with Brian Williams from 1998 to 2001. Capus was the CBS News executive editor and EP of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley from 2014 to 2018. Most recently, he served as the senior advisor to the CEO of the United States Agency for Global Media, parent organization for Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Middle East Broadcasting and related networks. He'll discuss the future of network news, the role of U.S. international broadcasting and more in the next installment of CIC Conversations.
 
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High-flying photography 📸


Associate professor Van Kornegay’s new visual communications course will teach students to fly camera-equipped drones that have become a go-to tool in documentary making, news gathering, infrastructure inspection, real estate marketing and more. 
 
ABOUT THE COURSE
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⭐️ Breakthrough Star: Vanessa Kitzie ⭐️ 


Assistant professor Vanessa Kitzie's research focuses on how information institutions like libraries can better serve LGBTQIA+ people and communities, particularly in South Carolina. Her work has garnered more than $650,000 in external funding, putting her well beyond her peers in the field.  
 
KITZIE'S STORY
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Robertson wins top dissertation award


SJMC assistant professor Brett Robertson has won the 2021 W. Charles Redding Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association's Organizational Communication Division. Read the story


iSchool alumna makes Library Journal Movers & Shakers list


Christina Fuller-Gregory was one of 46 people honored by Library Journal for moving the librarianship profession forward. She was chosen because of her advocacy for justice and commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Read the story

ALUMNI NOTES 📝

 
Chardonnay Ismail, BA, 2016, has been promoted to communications manager at the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. Ismail previously served as social media specialist.

Beth Thomason, BA, 1991, has joined FUEL in Greenville as public relations director. In this role, Thomason will oversee all public relations, including campaign strategy, media relations, issues management and media training, for the agency and its clients.

Jay Pou, BA, 2005, and Margaret Katherine Magner, MLIS, 2013, recently got engaged at the fountain in front of Thomas Cooper Library, where they met when they were co-workers. Pou is the director of student services for the history department at the university, and Magner is a public services librarian at South Carolina State Library.

Submit your News and Notes here »
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Join Gamecock Journalists on Facebook 


Gamecock Journalists is a Facebook group for students, alumni and faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Members share industry trends, career advice, job leads and other ideas about the profession. Join today! 
 
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