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Medal of Honor Project Video Screens at ETVMA Event

Coolidge videoThe Medal of Honor Project produced a five-minute video about Tennessee's only living Medal of Honor recipient T/Sgt. Charles Coolidge for the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association ( The video was screened as part of the ETVMA's annual Medal of Honor dinner held on May 4, which honored Mr. Coolidge. The dinner was attended by more than 300 people, including Mr. Coolidge and his family, fellow World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

JEM Students Receive Prizes in J. Paul Blakely Awards Competition

Congratulations to three of Dr. Julie Andsager's students in JREM-450: Writing about Science and Medicine, and one of Dr. Mark Littman's previous students who each won prizes in this year's J. Paul Blakely Awards competition! The Blakely Awards competition is sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication-East Tennessee Chapter. These awards were presented at a banquet on Tuesday, April 21st. The Blakely Awards come with both certificates and cash prizes. In the Science-Writing Category, Marian LaForest and Timothy Metcalf received the Award of Distinction, and Brad Hinds received the Award of Merit. In the Division of Technical-Writing, Grace Rotz received the Award of Distinction.

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media congratulates these students on their achievement and honors! 

JEM Students Awarded at 2015 Chancellor's Honor Banquet

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media would like to congratulate all of the CCI students that and faculty that received awards at the 2015 Chancellor's Honors Banquet, including three Torchbearers out of nine. The following is a list recognizing the students of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media who received student awards at the Honors Banquet. Rilwan Balogun received the honor of Torchbearer, The Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award, and the Extraordinary Professional Promise Award. Sarah Chewning received the awards of Extraordinary Academic Achievement and Outstanding Scholar Athlete. Kelsey Keny was awarded the honor of Torchbearer, and Chiazom Ugo-Obi received the award of Extraordinary Academic Achievement. Melodi Erdogan received the award of Extraordinary Professional Promise. Again, congratulations to all of these outstanding JEM students who receieved these honors.

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Sam Swan for receiving the Ready for the World Award in the faculty section!

Good Morning Memphis Anchor to Speak


Valerie Calhoun, anchor for the Emmy Award winning Good Morning Memphis show on WHBQ FOX 13, will be visiting the University of Tennessee's campus on Friday, April 17th. She has been invited to speak to any students interested in TV News and will be speaking at 11:00 in the Scripps Lab (Room 402). Valerie is a UT alum and graduated in 1986 and worked in South Carolina, Alabama, and East Tennessee before moving to Memphis. Valerie joined WHBQ-TV after FOX bought the station and began morning news in the late 1990s. Don't miss this great opportunity to hear Valerie Calhoun speak about her experiences and advice, everyone is welcome!  

JEM Graduate is Mashable's First Space Reporter

UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media graduate Miriam Kramer has been hired and will start working at Mashable as their first space reporter in April 2015. Mashable is the leading media company for the digital generation and by hiring Kramer will be pioneering a new beat through a specifically digital-focused lens. Mashable began covering science a year ago with documenting climate change and environmental issues in the digital age with a type of reporting that is visual and compelling. Kramer will continue to build on this reporting with a focus on the ramifications of the growing private sector space industry. Jim Roberts, Chief Content Officer and Exectutive Editor of Mashable said, "Miriam is an eminent player in science journalism, and we're excited to have her join the Mashable team." 

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WBIR Interview - Medal of Honor Project Hosts Documentary Screening

Dr. Nick Geidner and JEM students who are part of the Medal of Honor Project recently released a documentary that describes the Medal of Honor and discusses the convention that was held last fall in the city of Knoxville. The public screening of this documentary is set to occur this upcoming weekend, and this week WBIR held an interview regarding the documentary with Dr. Geidner and the participating students. Dr. Geidner (Executive Producer), Clinton Elmore (Director), Annie Carr (Producer), and Nichole Stevens (Associate Producer) were interviewed regarding this special project. 

This interview discusses how the project began, the potential Dr. Geidner saw in this project being a learning opportunity for his students, and what experiences the students had while covering the Medal of Honor Convention. The screening of their documentary will be hosted Thursday, March 26th, at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Please follow the link provided below to see the interview with WBIR.