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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 that we look for in a graduate student,” says JEM Director Peter Gross.

University of Iowa honors former JEM director

Pictured left to right, Dr. Julie Andsager, interim director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa, Dr. James Crook and Mrs. Crook.

Dr. James Crook, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa in April 2014. Dr. Crook was the director of the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media for 28 years before retiring in 2002. During his career, he established the national scholarly journal Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. In 2003, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded him the Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted their careers to promoting research in mass communication. 

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): Elizabeth Conner, award of merit

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

Left to right, Abby Knight, Marissa Steinberg, Jackie DelPilar and Malorie Cunningham prepare for a segment. The person holding the microphone is one of their international counterparts.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.