School of Journalism & Electronic Media

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

Eyes on LaFollette Selected as Exemplar

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture recently submitted a joint application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This classification occurs on a five year cycle and requires an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a self-assessment and quality improvement. As part of that process, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching goes through a process that involves collecting nominations from every college for the 50 exemplary partnerships that they will be promoting throughout the 2015 calendar year. 

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media is honored to announce that Dr. Robert Heller and his students' project Eyes on LaFollette has been selected as one of the exemplars for the 2015 year. This project has been a continuation over twenty one years, and was displayed this fall at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. 

WUTK Holds Exam Jam


WUTK hosted their annual fundraiser, Exam Jam, on Saturday, December 6th at 8:00 p.m. with a five dollar donation at the door. All donations accepted were put towards keeping WUTK on air. The Exam Jam was held at The Concourse at the International in Knoxville, sponsored by Downtown Digital. The concert included five different bands consisting of Spades Cooley, Arpetrio, Crumbsnatchers, The Plunderphonics, and the Talking Blues Band. The music began at 9:00 and ended around 3:00 in the morning. There was also a raffle where prizes were given away during the event. 


Publishings by JEM Faculty

As the semester winds down to winter break, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media faculty are still working tirelessly. Both Julie Andsager and Pete Finch of JEM faculty had their essay and article published recently.

Professor Julie Andsager's essay, "Research directions in social media and body image" was published in the new issue of Sex Roles (vol. 71, issue 11) as a Feminist Forum Commentary.

Pete Finch, a lecturer for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, wrote an article called "How to x-ray your portfolio" that was published in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, November 29, 2014. To read Pete Finch's entire article, click and follow the link provided below. 

Recent Graduate Accepts Position With the Today Show

Recognizing the success of our recent graduates and alumni is something valued by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. A recent 2014 graduate, Mary Catherine Suhocki, has accepted a position with the Today Show and begins this amazing opportunity on Monday, November 17. She will be working with the Today Show's social media team in the Orange Room, a well known set on the show. She joins Brooke Fraser, a 2012 graduate, who also currently holds a position at the Today Show.

Mary Catherine completed internships at WBIR-TV, and two at CNN - one in Atlanta and the other in New York. She was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation Fellowship in the summer of 2013, and was an excellent student. Both Mary Catherine and Brooke were among those who went on the New York trip provided each year by Dr. Sam Swan.  

According to Dr. Swan, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has a growing number of graduates who have moved and are now working in New York. 

Profile on Medal of Honor Recipient Highlighted in Longreads

Knoxville had the opportunity to hold the Medal of Honor Convention this year in September, where the University of Tennessee was heavily involved, especially the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Many students played a role in conducting interviews of recipients as well as shooting video of this important event. One student's exceptional profile was just highlighted on a well-respected aggregator of longform journalism.

The profile of Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis by R.J. Vogt was chosen as Longreads' Veterans Day week college selection. Each week Longreads chooses five stories (on occasion a college story) to highlight on their blog and send to their enormous email list. In regards to selecting Vogt's profile they said:

Journalism Class Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Dr. Swan and a group of journalism students had the opportunity to travel to New York City this fall from October 14-17 to go behind the scenes and tour the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC, Fox News, ABC News and The Daily Show just to name a few. These special tours also provided the students with a chance to listen and speak to producers and reporters of these well known shows. 

On the Today Show set, where the group picture above was taken, the students met a School of Journalism and Electronic Media alumus, Brooke Fraser, who works as a research assistant for the show. The tour of Fox News Channel was given by David Winstrom, Director of News Edge, and included Fox News Anchors Jon Scott and Heather Nauert, Producer Trina Thompson, Writing Coach Shelley Stevens, and Senior Producer of News Edge Mykel MacCarthy, as speakers for the class.