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Carol connects the CIC

Since joining the college in 2022, Carol Kirkland's ambition is “connecting people and connecting opportunity." She works closely with the dean in developing and achieving strategic initiatives and managing external partnerships with the CIC.

iSchool faculty and staff create Words and Warriors book club

With over 400,000 veterans and eight different military facilities in South Carolina, iSchool faculty and staff had an epiphany. They created a veterans book club as a platform to continue to emphasize and highlight the university’s commitment to serving the veteran and military population,

Alumnus' donations fund J-school Media Advertising Sales and Technology course

John Byrne believes that sales is the key factor in a media company’s success. That’s why he has supported media sales as a J-school class for three years running through donations from his family foundation.

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.

Get to know Lyda Fontes McCartin

After 17 years at the University of Northern Colorado, Lyda Fontes McCartin left the Rocky Mountains for the Palmetto State's CIC. Sunshine, school spirit and SEC football await her arrival as the next director of the iSchool.

A note from the dean

Since COVID, we've been determining our new normal while forging ahead to foster an unparalleled educational experience for all our students. We're doing this by continuing to offer students a unique combination of educational tools, technology, instruction, support and experiences they won't find anywhere else.

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.

iSchool Spotlight: Adia Caldwell

As a social media community manager for PepsiCo, information science graduate Adia Caldwell ('21) serves up content for Quaker’s ready-to-eat brands, including Cap’n Crunch and Quaker Chewy.

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.

iSchool invites applications for an open rank faculty position

The School of Information Science invites applications for a school library faculty position at the level of open rank, associate, or assistant professor to begin Jan. 1, 2024, or Aug. 16, 2024.

MLIS alumna Patrice Green embraces new role at Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Not everyone would be excited to examine a rusty filing cabinet in the basement of a 100-year-old boarding house. But, for Patrice Green, '19, it is a potential treasure trove of information that could fill in gaps in the historical record.

Telling the stories that matter

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

How book-banning campaigns have changed the lives and education of librarians

Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke writes in The Conversation about the new ways librarians are being trained to defend the rights of readers and writers in the battle raging across the U.S. over censorship, book challenges and book bans.

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.

Jackie McFadden named interim dean of Dacus Library and Archives

MLIS alumna Jackie McFadden will serve as interim dean of Winthrop University's Ida Jane Dacus Library and the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections while a national search is conducted.

Students spend a month in Barcelona in unique learning program

For the second summer, USC students journey to Spain as part of a month-long educational opportunity. And, best of all, they are blogging their experience so you can travel along with them.

Cearra Harris is making an impact as a Spectrum Fellow

Doctoral student Cearra Harris hopes that in her career she can help librarians be better equipped to deal with the day-to-day issues that they are confronted with in their communities.

iSchool Spotlight: Alex Chambers

Associate professor Vanessa Kitzie catches up with Alex Chambers near where he now works as a product consultant for Deloitte. They talked about his decision to pursue an information science degree, his time at the University of South Carolina, and what he’s up to now in his new career.

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.


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