School of Journalism & Electronic Media

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

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 are students of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media who received student awards:

Torchbearers - Rilwan Balogun and Kelsey Keny

Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award - Rilwan Balogun

Extraordinary Academic Achievement - Sarah Chewning and Chaizom Ugo-Obi

Extraordinary Professional Promise - Rilwan Balogun and Melodi Erdogan

Outstanding Scholar Athletes - Sarah Chewning 

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

Follow the link provided below to see entire article on PRWeb.

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. 

Graduate Student Publishes Article

A graduate student in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media had her article published on the front page of News Sentinel on March 22, 2015. Jen Parker's article "Julia Tucker's Williamswood Castle is now available for parties and celebrations" discusses Julia Tucker, a well known Knoxville activist and politician, and her achievement of the Williamswood Castle located in South Knoxville. 

Congratulations to Jen Parker on this outstanding achievement and look forward to seeing more of her work published! 

AEJMC and Ida B. Wells & Beyond Conference

The University of Tennessee will be hosting the 40th Annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium on March 26-28, 2015. This event will be hosted in conjunction with the Ida B. Wells & Beyond conference which will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015. AEJMC Southeast is the oldest and most successful regional journalism and mass communication meeting. AEJMC (The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) is a premier journalism academic accreditation association and was held for the first time in the year 1976. "AEJMC accredits journalism schools across the country, and this regional conference takes place at a different southeast school each year. This year will be the fourth time that UT has hosted it as we held the 2nd annual in 1977, the 11th annual in 1986, and the 22nd annual in 1997," said Dr. Martinez, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.