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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. 

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.

Medal of Honor Project Releases Film

On March 12, the Medal of Honor Project by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media released a new short film. The twelve minute film, Teach a Man to Fish, tells the story of Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that teaches and takes wounded veterans fly fishing. The film follows two veterans as they participate in a Project Healing Waters' fishing tournament held on the Clinch River in October 2013. The film was produced by journalism professor Nick Geidner, sophomore Hannah Marley, junior Maxwell Baker, and graduate student Clinton Elmore. 

CNN David Mattingly Visits JEM Classes


David Mattingly, a 20 plus year veteran of the news team at CNN visited campus and spoke to the students in JEM classes on February 25th and 26th discussing his career at CNN. Mattingly attended the JEM 400 class on Wednesday the 25th and discussed some of the major trials he had covered during his time at CNN, and on Thursday invited any faculty and staff to join him at lunch at Arena Dining before speaking to JEM 499 and JEM 200 classes. 

Dr. Stovall, a faculty member of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, taught Mattingly in the first reporting class Stovall ever taught at the University of Alabama in 1979. Dr. Stovall discussed Mattingly's visit saying, "He talked about the different stories he had covered over the years and his style of television reporting where he doesn't mind putting himself into the story in the sense that he thinks the viewers need to see the process of the story being told and how it is put together. He has 35 years of experience and is very deliberate in what he does and how he does it. I've known David for a long time, and while most of us who have been reporters burn out after three to five years, he stuck with it for more than 30 years, which shows the dedication he had to it and the discipline he has. He has now left CNN and I'm waiting to see what he does next," said Dr. Stovall.

The following is from a telephone interview David Mattingly kindly agreed to do for the website regarding his visit to UT as well as his comments and advice for journalists.