School of Journalism & Electronic Media

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION -- Enduring Standards, Evolving Media

JEM Senior Covers President's Visit


One senior from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media had the opportunity of a lifetime to cover President Obama's visit to Knoxville on Friday, January 9th. Read Rilwan Balogun's fascinating story and how he refused to let any obstacle in the way stop him from achieving his goal. 

Rilwan first heard that Obama was coming to Knoxville the Sunday before classes began and immediately sent a text to faculty member Mike Wiseman asking what he had to do to get there. "The next thing I know," said Rilwan, "Mike sent an email back saying 'I emailed the White House Press Secretary,' and I said okay!" Rilwan also takes classes part time at Pellissippi State Community College where he found out was the location where the President would be speaking, and while waiting for a reply from the Press Secretary, he discovered Pellissippi student tickets could be purchased to the event. That Tuesday he called but ran into a problem when the college told him only full time students could receive tickets. Never discouraged, Rilwan asked how he could get a press pass since he was with The Volunteer Channel here at UT, and the response was that the White House would have to send one. Rilwan got in touch with a friend that works at WBIR locally and they forwarded him the email containing the press pass application, which he filled out and again waited for a response.

Scripps Howard Foundation Involvement

Melanie Faizer, a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, attended Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on January 4-8. Ms. Faizer was one of fifteen professors who were competitively selected from across the country to study entrepreneurial journalism at the fifth annual institute. This event was made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and teaches journalism professors the necessary best practices to infuse entrepreneurship into their academic programs.

We would also like to congratulate Ms. Fazier for being asked by Mike Philipps, the CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation, to serve as a judge in the National Journalism Awards this year at the Poynter Institute in Tampa, Florida, on February 26, 2015. The Scripps Howard Awards program offers 17 categories and $180,000 in prize money and honors the nation’s finest journalists with these awards for their significant work.

MARBL Short-Term Fellowship Awarded to JEM Professor

One of the professors from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, Dr. Amber Roessner, has been chosen by Emory University for their MARBL (Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library) Short-Term Fellowship. The fellowship awarded is in the amount of $1,000 to enable Dr. Roessner to undertake research on her project, "Jimmy Who?: Negotiating Jimmy Carter's Image in the Age of the Credibility Gap." 

The fellowship requires a minimum one week residency to complete research in Emory University's manuscript and rare book collections. Each fellow must submit at the end of their residency a one page statement noting the materials consulted, the value of the collections to their research, and any comments regarding staff accessibility, facilities, or other matters to improve Emory's future service to scholars. Congratulations to Dr. Amber Roessner for her achievements in her area of research! 

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Another professor has received an enormous honor that we would like to recognize on behalf of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Choice magazine selected Dr. Edward Caudill's book "Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution" for one of their Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. Choice announced the list of titles in the January 2015 issue out this month. 

This year's Outstanding Academic Title list includes 651 print books and 39 electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff "for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important - often the first - treatment of their subject." Congratulations again to Dr. Caudill for this outstanding honor!

Proposal Accepted for SASA Conference

This semester begins with many of the faculty of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media being recognized for their writing and projects they have recently undergone. One of Dr. Amber Roessner's most recent Carter papers, "Cultural Transformations in the South in the 1970's: Religion, Race, Popular Music and Political Journalism," has been accepted for an American Studies conference in Atlanta. The Southern American Studies Association's (SASA) biennial conference will be held in downtown Atlanta on February 19th to 21st. Congratulations to Dr. Roessner for this outstanding honor and accomplishment! 

NATPE Fellowship Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Swan who has been competitively selected as a National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellowship recipient for the January 2015 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Swan will attend activities beginning Sunday, January 18th to Wednesday, January 21st. The program consists of an orientation session, special sessions for faculty fellows, and additional events faculty are welcome to attend. 

NATPE is the most important international "must-attend" Market and Conference held in the United States according to their website. The 2015 theme for the Miami conference is "Content Without Borders" which stands by an ongoing commitment to creating a market for the linear and digital communities, as well as advertisers and brands. NATPE breaks down borders by setting new expectations and possiblities, and creates the environment where deals get done for multiple territories across every platform.