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  • JEM's Land Grant Films Creates Veteran Documentaries for East Tennessee PBS

    Healing WatersEast Tennessee PBS will air five microdocumentaries on area veterans created by UT School of Journalism students, Land Grant Films, and UT's WUOT-FM.

    A release of the microdocumentaries began on Facebook and YouTube in late October. WUOT  aired the audio versions October 29 through November 2 along with original content from interviews with East Tennessee veterans.

  • Students’ Documentary to Be Featured in Nashville Film Festival

    Welcome Home BrotherThe Nashville Film Festival has announced Welcome Home Brother, directed by School of Journalism and Electronic Media seniors Isaac Fowler and Tim Morris, as an official selection in its short documentary category.

    The festival is an Academy Award–qualifying competition and received more than 6,000 entries for 2018.

    Fowler and Morris’s eight-minute film documents the experiences of three Vietnam veterans as they find their voice in East Tennessee through the help of the Bill Robinson Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association.

  • JEM students go "Inside the Food Fight" at the World Food Championships

    Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) students recently returned from Orange Beach, Alabama, where they spent four days covering the World Food Championships as part of an experiential learning trip organized by Professor Robert Heller and Associate Professor Nick Geidner.

    The team poses for a group photo.

    The World Food Championships is an international cooking competition established in 2012 by University of Tennessee JEM Alum Mike McCloud, and one of the largest cooking competitions in the world.

    One of the chefs at the World Food Championships.

  • Students to produce documentary for East Tenn. PBS

    UT student filmmakers have been selected to create eight-minute documentaries relating to the Vietnam War through Landgrant Films.

    The three short documentaries will come together in a half-hour program that will premiere in coordination with the release of Ken Burns’ new documentary, The Vietnam War, on East Tennessee PBS this September.

  • Faculty discuss media and politics


    Local news stations have asked JEM faculty members to provide context to the Trump presidency and current media culture.

    Professor Amber Roessner appeared on WBIR to discuss social media use during Trump's Inauguration.

    "He was really focusing on those anti-establishment and populist tones that kind of echo to some degree back to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan."

    View her full interview here.

  • Film festival screens JEM students’ work

    Reaching Recovery Promo from Medal of Honor Project on Vimeo.

    Reaching FilmfestLandgrant Films’ latest documentary will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival. Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addiction in East Tennessee examines children born drug-dependent in East Tennessee. The half-hour documentary was produced by JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner and crewed by 10 journalism students.

    “I am proud of our student’s and the work they have done,” Geidner said, “And we are excited to share this issue with the community.”

    The Knoxville Film Festival runs from August 26 to 28 at Regal Downtown West Cinema. Reaching Recovery will screen on the first day of the festival at 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 26. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Knoxville Film Festival’s website.

  • Knoxville Film Fest to Feature JEM Film

    Teach a ManA short documentary produced by faculty and students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media will be screened as part of the Knoxville Film Fest. "Teach a Man to Fish" is a 12-minute documentary telling the story of Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that teaches and takes wounded veterans fly fishing. The story follows two veterans who participated in the Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge fly fishing tournament in October of 2014.

  • 2015 AEJMC

    AEJMC San Francisco 2015The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication will be holding its annual conference in San Francisco this week. The School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee will be well represented at the international conference. Faculty and graduate students from the school will present research, accept awards and talk about their innovative teaching.

  • 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.

  • Profile on Medal of Honor Recipient Highlighted in Longreads

    Knoxville had the opportunity to hold the Medal of Honor Convention this year in September, where the University of Tennessee was heavily involved, especially the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Many students played a role in conducting interviews of recipients as well as shooting video of this important event. One student's exceptional profile was just highlighted on a well-respected aggregator of longform journalism.

    The profile of Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis by R.J. Vogt was chosen as Longreads' Veterans Day week college selection. Each week Longreads chooses five stories (on occasion a college story) to highlight on their blog and send to their enormous email list. In regards to selecting Vogt's profile they said:


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