School of Journalism & Electronic Media

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

Keeping Up with TVC


The Volunteer Channel (TVC) is the student television station here at the University of Tennessee that reaches students both in the residence halls through UT campus cable 12, and residents living in the surrounding counties on Comcast Digital Channel 194. TVC provides information, entertainment, and covers special campus events all while allowing students a chance to experience working in television and related fields in a real-world setting. I had the opportunity to interview two students who work with TVC, Katherine Donnelly and Annie Carr. When asked what they have learned through their work with TVC both said production skills, writing, editing, and becoming familiar with using the equipment. “Absolutely everything I have learned in journalism, I’ve learned from TVC. Sitting in a classroom trying to learn about how to edit is one thing, but being told that you have a VOSOT that needs to make it downstairs to the switcher in five minutes is a whole other story,” says Carr.

CNN Jane Winburn Speaks to Journalism Students

Jane Winbur

On October 13 and 14, Jan Winburn, senior editor for enterprise at CNN Digital, came to the University of Tennessee to speak to journalism students and faculty in two sessions where she urged them to think about stories in new ways. Winburn reminded students that social media has turned news into a product due to its universal presence and immediacy. Using examples of stories from her experience, she showed students different approaches that were effective. One story related 24 hours in the life of the Atlanta Airport, “ATL24,” where more than three-dozen reporters worked on a story that documented the busy and hectic lives of the people in the airport that day.

Dr. Martinez Receives Research Grant

Dr. Michael T. Martinez, Assistant Professor in Journalism and Electronic Media, received a Joseph McKerns Research Grant Award from the American Journalism Historian’s Association. The $1,250 award will fund travel to conduct archival research at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas to study Yoichi “Okie” Okamoto, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidential photographer. This research is part of a larger project to study the photographers responsible for the image and memory of all the presidents from President John F. Kennedy to the present and the photographs they produced.

In the video, Dr. Martinez discusses his surprise and excitement in receiving this prestigious award, and what he plans to do with the grant.

"Thank You" from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society


The Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America sent an extremely gracious thank you letter to Professor Nick Geidner and the students of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media for their exceptional media coverage of the convention held here in Knoxville, Tennessee. The president of the society, Harold A. Fritz, acknowledged many of the students by name that assisted in covering the event and applauded all of their hard work. Mr. Fritz stated that the contributions of these students "made it one of the most successful in our history." 

CCI Job and Internship Fair 2014


POLISH YOUR RESUME AND POLISH YOUR SHOES! The annual College of Communication and Information Job and Internship Fair is comming soon to the UC Ballroom. More than 50 recruiters from media and communication companies will be here on October 22 form 1-4 to meet you to explore internships and jobs.

Dress for success when you come and bring a resume. When you arrive you will be entered into the Career Services Data Base and will receive announcements about all future job openings and internship opportunities.

College Radio Day 2014


WUTK will celebrate College Radio Day 2014 on Friday, October 31st  with a one day fund drive raising money for the self-supporting broadcasting lab and radio station.  Live in-station performances by musicians, live interview with WUTK alumni, premium auctions, surprise announcements, and much more will highlight the day’s programming.  If you wish to make a tax deductible donation to the WUTK Gift Fund, the link is at the top of the home page.   Last year, the station raised over $30,000 for its capital fund to replace their aging transmitter tower.