Mark of Excellence: Smith wins national SPJ award
A feature story written for the Chattanooga Times Free Press by a student in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has won a national journalism award.
“A Home and Hope,” written by JEM graduate student Millicent Smith, won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Feature Writing, Large School Division for newspapers. She advanced to the national competition after placing first in Region 12.
“We are so very proud of Millie. With years of journalistic experience behind her and a goal of pursuing international issues, Millie embodies the best of the best qualities … Read more “Mark of Excellence: Smith wins national SPJ award”
Barnett receives highest UT student honor
Congratulations to JEM senior Kristen Barnett on being selected as a 2014 Torchbearer. Awarded at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the Torchbearer is the highest UT student honor. Barnett and 11 students were recognized on April 23 for academic excellence and service to the university and society at large.
Barnett is an anchor, reporter and producer for the UT Today television program. She has served for four years at the Volunteer Channel along with her work as a student alumni associate and member of the College of Communication and Information Diversity Student Leaders Society. She volunteers with Rock the Vote … Read more “Barnett receives highest UT student honor”
JEM students win Blakely awards
The Society for Technical Communication-East Tennessee Chapter announced the winners of the J. Paul Blakely Awards in Technical Communication and Science Writing.
Congratulations to the following student award winners from Writing about Science and Medicine (JREM 450), Environmental Writing (JREM 451), and Science Writing as Literature (JREM 456):
- Science Writing Category (Graduate Division): Chris Samoray, award of distinction; and Matt Reed, award of excellence
- Science Writing Category (Undergraduate Division): Dixie Daniels, award of distinction; Christie Thiessen, award of excellence; Lauren Gregg, award of merit; and Victoria Knight, award of merit
- Technical Communication Category (Undergraduate Division):
PhD candidates accept university jobs
Congratulations to doctoral candidates Ioana Coman and Ivanka Pjesivac for accepting academic positions this fall.
Coman will join the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay as an assistant professor. She will help redesign the journalism curriculum in order to better address industry changes, advise the student newspaper, and teach a reporting class.
Pjesivac will work as an assistant professor of digital and broadcast journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Besides teaching broadcasting, she will have a chance to continue doing her research at an R1 university.
Students’ work filmed in Croatia to air on Easter
Four students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media produced a 30-minute program while studying in Croatia earlier in March. It will air on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20.
The program will be part of the UT TODAY show that airs at 11:30 a.m. It will be repeated on 10News2 at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21.
JEM students involved in the project were senior Marissa Steinberg, senior Jackie DelPilar, junior Abby Knight, and junior Malorie Cunningham. Their trip was part of an exchange funded by a U.S. State Department grant and led by JEM Director of Internationalization and Outreach Sam Swan.
MOH Project covers event at Supreme Court
Students and faculty from the Medal of Honor Project visited Washington, D.C. on March 24 to cover a private screening of the documentary Medal of Honor: The History. Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. hosted the event at the United States Supreme Court for 30 Medal of Honor recipients. The film’s premiere fell on the eve of National Medal of Honor Day.
Senior Taylor Hathorn and sophomore Katherine Donnelly reported on the event. MOH Project Director and JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner also attended.
Joe Thompson and Chris Coyne, co-chairs of the Knoxville convention, commissioned Knoxville-based RIVR media to create … Read more “MOH Project covers event at Supreme Court”
Samoray wins award at CCI research symposium
The School of Journalism and Electronic Media participated in the 36th annual Research Symposium hosted by the College of Communication and Information on Feb. 26.
Master’s student Chris Samoray received the award for best master’s paper. His work is titled “Fearing Yourself: Genetic Privacy and Discrimination in an Age of Human Genome Revelation.”
Faculty participants included Dr. Mark Harmon, Dr. Barb Kaye, and Dr. Nick Geidner.
The theme of the symposium was “Communication and Information Research in a Global Environment.”
Bella Mody, professor and James E. deCastro Chair in Global Media in the journalism and mass communication … Read more “Samoray wins award at CCI research symposium”
Senior accepted to NYC career workshop
JEM senior Kristen Barnett has been selected for the 2014 IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop, which takes place Mar. 6-7 in New York City.
Now in its 30th year, the IRTS workshop introduces communications students to industry leaders and human resources professionals from top media companies.
“I am really excited to be a part of such a prestigious networking opportunity!” said Barnett, who is interested in television development and production. Currently, she is an intern at WBIR-TV news and a reporter and producer for UT Today.
“Kristen is a great student with a lot of ambition,” said … Read more “Senior accepted to NYC career workshop”
MOH Project interviews sole surviving recipient from Tennessee
Coolidge, 92, is the only living MOH recipient from Tennessee, and one of 32 recipients hailing from the Volunteer state. He received his medal for actions in France as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army.
JEM graduate student Joe Kuczynski interviewed Coolidge who shared freely about his life and legacy for over an hour and a half. The raw footage from the interview is posted on the MOH Project website.
Additional support was provided by JEM graduate student … Read more “MOH Project interviews sole surviving recipient from Tennessee”
Senior joins national journalism fellowship
This spring, JEM senior Jacqueline DelPilar is investigating state gun control efforts as part of the 2014 Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative.
Headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, News21 was established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
DelPilar, along with 20 News21 fellows, will research and report on gun issues as part of an intensive seminar taught by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post.
“Gathering data and tackling controversy is not something you get to do every day as a … Read more “Senior joins national journalism fellowship”