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Sam Swan

  • Reporting from Prague: Students attend experiential learning workshop in Europe.


    JEM students studying abroad in Prague.

    In July, a group of six undergraduate and graduate journalism and electronic media students — Jake Albright, Allison Woodall, Anslee Daniel, Elena Emory, Natalie Ward, and Brianna Williams — traveled to Prague to study international reporting. They were part of the TOL Education program, “Going on Assignment in Prague.”

  • NATPE Fellowship Recipient

    Congratulations to Dr. Sam Swan who has been competitively selected as a National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellowship recipient for the January 2015 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Swan will attend activities beginning Sunday, January 18th to Wednesday, January 21st. The program consists of an orientation session, special sessions for faculty fellows, and additional events faculty are welcome to attend. 

    NATPE is the most important international "must-attend" Market and Conference held in the United States according to their website. The 2015 theme for the Miami conference is "Content Without Borders" which stands by an ongoing commitment to creating a market for the linear and digital communities, as well as advertisers and brands. NATPE breaks down borders by setting new expectations and possiblities, and creates the environment where deals get done for multiple territories across every platform. 


  • Recent Graduate Accepts Position With the Today Show

    Recognizing the success of our recent graduates and alumni is something valued by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. A recent 2014 graduate, Mary Catherine Suhocki, has accepted a position with the Today Show and begins this amazing opportunity on Monday, November 17. She will be working with the Today Show's social media team in the Orange Room, a well known set on the show. She joins Brooke Fraser, a 2012 graduate, who also currently holds a position at the Today Show.

    Mary Catherine completed internships at WBIR-TV, and two at CNN - one in Atlanta and the other in New York. She was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation Fellowship in the summer of 2013, and was an excellent student. Both Mary Catherine and Brooke were among those who went on the New York trip provided each year by Dr. Sam Swan.  

    According to Dr. Swan, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has a growing number of graduates who have moved and are now working in New York. 

  • Journalism Class Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

    Dr. Swan and a group of journalism students had the opportunity to travel to New York City this fall from October 14-17 to go behind the scenes and tour the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC, Fox News, ABC News and The Daily Show just to name a few. These special tours also provided the students with a chance to listen and speak to producers and reporters of these well known shows. 

    On the Today Show set, where the group picture above was taken, the students met a School of Journalism and Electronic Media alumus, Brooke Fraser, who works as a research assistant for the show. The tour of Fox News Channel was given by David Winstrom, Director of News Edge, and included Fox News Anchors Jon Scott and Heather Nauert, Producer Trina Thompson, Writing Coach Shelley Stevens, and Senior Producer of News Edge Mykel MacCarthy, as speakers for the class.


  • Sam Swan, JEM Professor, Awarded Fulbright Grant

    Fulbright Grant

    Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media and director of internationalization and outreach in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach this summer at two universities in Ethiopia.

    This is the second Fulbright grant Swan has received in the last year. He taught at the University of Zagreb in Croatia last December.

    For three weeks in late July and early August, Swan will teach radio journalism to volunteers and students at community radio stations in Hawassa University and Haramaya University.

  • JEM Faculty & Students Present at Spring Conferences

    Several JEM faculty and students will present papers at various conferences throughout April and May.

    JEM Associate Professor and CCI Associate Dean Catherine Luther, JEM Professor Sam Swan, and JEM Ph.D. students Ivanka Radovic and Iveta Imre are attending the Broadcast Education Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Luther will be presenting on a panel she organized called "Media and Democracy in the Middle East," while Swan, Radovic, and Imre will present on a panel called "High Democracy: Global News Ethics in Former Communist and Socialist Countries."

    JEM Professor Paul Ashdown will present at the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies convention in Brussels, Belgium in May.

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