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SJMC class gets spooky on Snapchat 👻

Augmented reality is what lets Snapchat users transform into puppies, tacos and more. Students in one new J-school class are exploring how AR works by creating Snapchat lenses of their own, and what they learn could translate into big opportunities after graduation.

Publishers Weekly launches podcast with iSchool faculty 🎙

Love a good podcast? Publishers Weekly has launched The Skillset Podcast with iSchool Director David Lankes and Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke. The Skillset will illuminate the complex issues facing libraries and other key institutions in these unprecedented times. 
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Deepfakes: How UofSC is fighting to stay ahead of misinformation 👊

SJMC Director Andrea Hickerson is part of a team of researchers building software to help journalists identify fake videos and stay ahead of misinformation. 
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Davis named to PRSA College of Fellows

From leading boards to mentoring students, Kelly Davis has long been a formidable force in the public relations profession. Now, her efforts have earned her one of the profession's highest honors. 
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Turning antiracist knowledge and education into action

In her latest Publishers Weekly column, Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke discusses how allies for social and racial justice are choosing to 'stand in the gap.'
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Debate night reactions 

UofSC students and Social Media Insights Lab staff analyzed perception and social media reactions to President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the final presidential debate.
The full report 
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Social media support for Harrison grows

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison has a commanding lead in social media support over Sen. Lindsey Graham just two weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
The full report 


Emily Chavez, BA, 2019, is a communications associate with SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health. She was one of two SJMC students to pass PRSSA's Certificate in Public Relations Exam. 

Nicholas Papadimas, BA, 2020, has joined WTGS in the Savannah/Hilton Head market as a digital content producer. 

Kellie Smith, MLIS, 2015, is a media specialist at Landrum High School in Campobello, South Carolina. Smith has been named Spartanburg County Literacy Teacher of the Year, and her program has been named Outstanding School Library Program of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. 

Katie Santilli, BA, 2005, has joined the communications team at Southeastern Grocers as manager of internal communications and events. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, SEG is the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys, Fresco y Mas and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. 

Emma McCurley, BA, 2020, has joined Cookerly Public Relations in Atlanta as an assistant account executive.

Adam Lautenschlager, BA, 2012, is a morning producer/AM director for WLTX in Columbia. Lautenschlager won the 2020 Southeast EMMY Award for Director at WLTX.

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