School of Journalism & Electronic Media

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

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. 

Harmon wins 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award

A portfolio of five Knoxville News Sentinel columns has earned Dr. Mark D. Harmon a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The distinguished award was based on Harmon’s general column writing for a publication with a circulation under 100,000.

“I think column writing can be a bridge between the research and evidence required of good academia but also the popular writing of good journalists,” said Harmon. 

Whiteside to participate in grant writing boot camp

Associate Professor Erin Whiteside will participate in the 2014 Grant Writing Institute (GWI) held by the UT Office of Research and Engagement. She is one of 12 faculty members selected to join in the intensive summer boot camp from May 27 - June 20, 2014.

The goal of GWI is to help faculty apply for and obtain external funding. As a result, Whiteside will develop a proposal to submit to a targeted grant program. Sport Management doctoral student Elizabeth Taylor will assist in the research and writing of the proposal.

MOH Project covers event at Supreme Court

Students and faculty from the Medal of Honor Project visited Washington, D.C. on March 24 to cover a private screening of the documentary Medal of Honor: The History. Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. hosted the event at the United States Supreme Court for 30 Medal of Honor recipients. The film's premiere fell on the eve of National Medal of Honor Day.

Senior Taylor Hathorn and sophomore Katherine Donnelly reported on the event. MOH Project Director and JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner also attended.

Joe Thompson and Chris Coyne, co-chairs of the Knoxville convention, commissioned Knoxville-based RIVR media to create the documentary. Local historian Ed Hooper wrote and produced the 44-minute film.

CBS selects senior for summer internship

JEM senior Malorie Cunningham on the set of CBS This Morning during a visit in January 2014.Senior Malorie Cunningham hit the intern jackpot. This summer she will intern with award-winning broadcast journalist Steve Hartman of CBS Evening News.

Hartman’s “On the Road” series won two Edward R. Murrow awards in 2013 presented by the Radio, Television, and Digital News Association.

Cunningham, who visited CBS network with JEM students in January, says she is humbled and honored to learn from one of today’s leading reporters who happens to be a personal inspiration.

“Watching [Hartman's] stories for the first time is what made me decide I wanted to be a journalist,” she says. Cunningham is the lead producer for UT Today and an editor and producer assist for WBIR-TV, Channel 10.

As a summer intern, Cunningham will generate story ideas for “On the Road,” go on assignments with Hartman, and develop social media for segments. Throughout the experience, she hopes to become a better storyteller.

“That’s what Steve Hartman does, you know. He finds a truly remarkable way to show a piece of what is good in the world, which are rare stories to find on the newscast,” says Cunningham.

Faculty serve as speakers, moderators and judges

Faculty of the School of Journalism & Electronic Media have been involved in a number of academic and professional events this spring:

  • Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside addressed media coverage of Title IX at "Tilting the playing field: Women in sports media," sponsored by the International Communication Association and the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs.
  • Assistant Professor Amber Roessner moderated a panel on "Remembering Ida B. Wells-Barnett" at the 2014 AJHA/AEJMC Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference in New York.
  • Professor Mark Harmon presented “The ‘Luntzification’ of the Health Care Debate” at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s spring 2014 Mic/Night, a Pecha Kucha-powered forum designed to enhance the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and cultural life of the faculty and staff at UT.
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hendrickson judged the National Magazine Awards sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in New York City.