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CIC assistant professor studies big data and over-reliance in political campaigns

Most people tune into political campaigns interested in who is winning and what that candidate is going to do while they are in office, but CIC assistant professor Jacob Long is focused on what was able to create that successful campaign and the methods used to bring that candidate to the top.

The mustard in the sandwich

Don’t know Humpy Wheeler? You don’t know NASCAR! This journalism alumnus even has an IMDB page. He's the voice of Tex Dinoco, the smooth-talking gold 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the Pixar film Cars 3.

Reigning supreme

For food service industry veep Stacey McCray, it’s always Bo Time! With her master's in public relations from the SJMC, she plays a critical role in ensuring things run smoothly as Bojangles promotes tailgating and football traditions.

USC graduates dive deep and discover dream careers at Riverbanks Zoo

How many alumni does it take to open a new aquarium filled with 11,000 animals? Turns out, quite a few. And three of them were Ad/PR majors.

Alex Grant runs it back

Broadcast journalism graduate Alex Grant produces exciting social media video content for the Carolina Panthers. The Columbia native cut his teeth in Gamecock Productions.

SJMC makes strong contributions to 2023 AEJMC conference

School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty and graduate students were honored for excellence in research and teaching at the 2023 AEJMC Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Telling the stories that matter

USC graduates are shaping the future of public broadcasting from coast to coast.

J-school invites applications for visual communications tenure-track faculty position

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the visual communications sequence with a specialization in immersive communication.

J-school names new director

Orangeburg native Damion Waymer has been selected as the next director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in USC’s College of Information and Communications.

Overtime Elite - a private school, basketball league and media conglomerate

Amen and Ausar Thompson, the identical twin brothers who were just selected as the fourth and fifth picks, respectively, in the 2023 NBA draft. The duo symbolizes the transformative potential of Overtime Elite, which offers young athletes a new path to maximize their earning potential. Jabari M. Evans, assistant professor of race and media, writes about Overtime Elite for The Conversation.

Foundational learning: Alumna Tjuan Dogan helps people around the world access online education

Dogan, who has a bachelor’s in advertising, a master’s and a Ph.D. in education all from USC, crafted a career path that now has her helping nontraditional students find new career options through education.

Brooks Hearn: Rooted in research

Brooks Hearn, a senior public relations manager at Chernoff Newman, reflects on her time at USC as a public relations major and Honors College student and how it shaped her future career.

Graduate looks back on lessons learned at USC

Journalism major Holly Poag discusses her time and experiences at the college and The Daily Gamecock.

Advertising team wins prestigious Mosaic Award

The Advertising Team from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications won the prestigious Mosaic Award at the American Advertising Federation District Three Regional Student Competition for their "You Deserve Better" campaign for the job search platform Indeed.

Faculty honor outstanding SJMC students

Outstanding students were honored at the annual awards reception for excellence in scholarship, creativity and research in the fields of advertising, journalism, mass communications, public relations and visual communications.

Laura Smith wins 2023 Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education

A panel of former Bliss winners unanimously selected Smith, a consummate broadcast educator, based on letters from students, colleagues, and documents supporting an exemplary record of teaching, research, and service.

A photojournalism adventure at the Carolina Cup: The thrill of the chase

Students participating in the Talmadge Moore LeGrand photojournalism workshop at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications photographed the 88th running of the Carolina Cup, a steeplechase racing event in Camden, South Carolina.

Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream

Honors alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.

Alumna writes encouraging words to graduating seniors

Hazel Mathieu (PR, '20) encourages students and new graduates to not lose sight of what's important to them when exploring the different options and routes open to them after college.

Makeup for Manhattan

SJMC graduate Adam Collins has always wanted to move to New York. So with little more than a suitcase and some big city grit, he did. Because of his creative versatility and strong background in visual communications, he landed a design job before he even found an apartment.

SJMC students racking up big wins in national broadcast competitions

Broadcast journalism students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have won major awards in two national competitions: the Hearst Journalism Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Aliyah Boston’s mind is as sharp as her shooting

Reigning women’s college basketball player of the year Aliyah Boston dominates on the court and in the classroom. She jokingly describes herself as an “academic weapon.”

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 Inclusive Excellence Research Symposium and the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium on March 30-31.

Alumna Erika Ryan is representative of the next generation of storytellers

From editor-in-chief of "Garnet and Black" magazine to interviewing Martin Scorsese, Erika Ryan has left an impression on every newsroom in her career path. The mass communications alumna has explored almost all forms of news media from being a print journalism major to now producing National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."

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.


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