School of Journalism & Electronic Media

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

JEM Students Chosen for MLB.com Internships

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Three young men who are currently students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media have been chosen to participate in a summer internship program with mlb.com. This is a very competitive internship program and the University of Tennessee has attained an outstanding achievement with having three students chosen. UT is currently tied with UGA for the largest number of students landing one of these desired positions.

David Cobb will be covering the St. Louis Cardinals, Troy Provost-Heron the Florida Rays, and Dargan Southgard the Colorado Rockies. David and Dargan who graduate in May 2015 will be with their teams until the season is over in the fall, unless another job offer arises for either of the two. Troy, a junior, will be covering the Florida Rays from May 11 through mid August. The following interview with these three students include how they discovered this opportunity, advice to other students looking for internships, and what they hope to gain from their experience.

Finalist for 2015 Princeton in Asia Program

Congratulations to senior R.J. Vogt of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media for being named a finalist for the 2015 Princeton in Asia Program. This program would allow him to spend a year writing for an English language newspaper in Asia. First-round selections will occur during the middle of March, and at some point in March/April the finalists will be announced. The Princeton in Asia Program's mission according to their website is "to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives and cultivate long-lasting friendships." 

Journalism Professor on CCI Spotlight

Dr. Ed Caudill, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media was recently interviewed by Amy Blakely for a CCI Spotlight titled Faculty Trailblazers. Read the following interview for a peek at Dr. Caudill's story and his most recent achievement of receiving a Choice Award for 2014. 

Journalism Professor Ed Caudill doesn’t believe everything he reads. And he wants the aspiring journalists he teaches to be just as skeptical. Caudill spent seven years in the newspaper business before moving into academia. He’s been at UT for thirty years.

“It’s easy to write a story that has two sides—the good guys and the bad guys. Nuance is tough to write about,” he said. As a result, he said, “the media warp the way we perceive people and ideas.” From creationism vs Darwinism to the history of Sherman’s Civil War march, Caudill has spent his career studying the way popular opinion is shaped in the media—how people’s beliefs are swayed by what’s written, whether or not it’s actually true. And he tries to teach his students that a good story isn’t always true and a true story isn’t always good. 

UT Chosen to Test AirStream

AirStreamThe School of Journalism and Electronic Media was chosen to test a new technology called AirStream Cellular iNG Transmitter. Shown in the photo hooked up to the camera held by Mike Wiseman, AirStream is a portable, user-friendly, reliable, multi-mode cellular broadband 3G/4G LTE video broadcast transmission system designed to make rapid response newsgathering easy for news crews. Setting up and operating AirStream is uncomplicated and allows news crews to respond quickly to stories and give on-scene reports without the need to dispatch an SNG (satellite news gathering) vehicle. Mike Wiseman, staff member for TVC, explains, "All you have to do is hook the camera up, plug one wire into the box, and push the green button and that replaces a satekute truck and operator. It even has an IFB port, which refers to interruptible feedback when the producer talks to the field workers." 

JEM Senior Covers President's Visit

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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.<--break->

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.

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