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Professor Robert Heller leads students on 25th Eyes on LaFollette workshop

LaFollette sculptor William Sarno puts love and care into his sculpture of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. Photo by Deja Lytle.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Eyes on LaFollette. Helmed by Professor Robert Heller, what began as a brief excursion for photojournalism students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has since become a monumental documentary effort, with more than 100,000 photographs cataloging both change and tradition in the quiet East Tennessee town. 

Eyes takes students more than an hour away from campus to LaFollette, allowing them to spend a weekend working as real photojournalists – chasing stories, interviewing locals, and using the photography skills they have learned in the semester leading up to their trip.

JEM Students Win Top Honors at AP Awards

JEM students win AP awardsJEM students won 14 awards from the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast and Media Editors College Division in Nashville. Students from 17 schools submitted more than 300 entries in the contest. Congratulations JEM Students! Those who won Best in Show received an AP Style Book and a $150 stipend

Pictured: Jake Albright, Beverly Banks, Isaac Fowler, Tim Morris pick up their awards in Nashville.