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  • Mark of Excellence: Smith wins national SPJ award

    A feature story written for the Chattanooga Times Free Press by a student in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has won a national journalism award.

    "A Home and Hope," written by JEM graduate student Millicent Smith, won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards for Feature Writing, Large School Division for newspapers. She advanced to the national competition after placing first in Region 12.

    "We are so very proud of Millie. With years of journalistic experience behind her and a goal of pursuing international issues, Millie embodies the best of the best qualities that we look for in a graduate student,” says JEM Director Peter Gross.

  • PhD candidates accept university jobs

    Congratulations to doctoral candidates Ioana Coman and Ivanka Pjesivac for accepting academic positions this fall.

    Coman will join the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay as an assistant professor. She will help redesign the journalism curriculum in order to better address industry changes, advise the student newspaper, and teach a reporting class.

    Pjesivac will work as an assistant professor of digital and broadcast journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Besides teaching broadcasting, she will have a chance to continue doing her research at an R1 university.

  • JEM students win Blakely awards

    The Society for Technical Communication-East Tennessee Chapter announced the winners of the J. Paul Blakely Awards in Technical Communication and Science Writing.

    Congratulations to the following student award winners from Writing about Science and Medicine (JREM 450), Environmental Writing (JREM 451), and Science Writing as Literature (JREM 456):

    • Science Writing Category (Graduate Division): Chris Samoray, award of distinction; and Matt Reed, award of excellence
    • Science Writing Category (Undergraduate Division): Dixie Daniels, award of distinction; Christie Thiessen, award of excellence; Lauren Gregg, award of merit; and Victoria Knight, award of merit
    • Technical Communication Category (Undergraduate Division): Elizabeth Conner, award of merit
  • Students' work filmed in Croatia to air on Easter

    Left to right, Abby Knight, Marissa Steinberg, Jackie DelPilar and Malorie Cunningham prepare for a segment. The person holding the microphone is one of their international counterparts.Four students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media produced a 30-minute program while studying in Croatia earlier in March. It will air on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20.

    The program will be part of the UT TODAY show that airs at 11:30 a.m. It will be repeated on 10News2 at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21. 

    JEM students involved in the project were senior Marissa Steinberg, senior Jackie DelPilar, junior Abby Knight, and junior Malorie Cunningham. Their trip was part of an exchange funded by a U.S. State Department grant and led by JEM Director of Internationalization and Outreach Sam Swan. 

  • MOH Project covers event at Supreme Court

    Students and faculty from the Medal of Honor Project visited Washington, D.C. on March 24 to cover a private screening of the documentary Medal of Honor: The History. Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. hosted the event at the United States Supreme Court for 30 Medal of Honor recipients. The film's premiere fell on the eve of National Medal of Honor Day.

    Senior Taylor Hathorn and sophomore Katherine Donnelly reported on the event. MOH Project Director and JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner also attended.

    Joe Thompson and Chris Coyne, co-chairs of the Knoxville convention, commissioned Knoxville-based RIVR media to create the documentary. Local historian Ed Hooper wrote and produced the 44-minute film.

  • CBS selects senior for summer internship

    JEM senior Malorie Cunningham on the set of CBS This Morning during a visit in January 2014.Senior Malorie Cunningham hit the intern jackpot. This summer she will intern with award-winning broadcast journalist Steve Hartman of CBS Evening News.

    Hartman’s “On the Road” series won two Edward R. Murrow awards in 2013 presented by the Radio, Television, and Digital News Association.

    Cunningham, who visited CBS network with JEM students in January, says she is humbled and honored to learn from one of today’s leading reporters who happens to be a personal inspiration.

    “Watching [Hartman's] stories for the first time is what made me decide I wanted to be a journalist,” she says. Cunningham is the lead producer for UT Today and an editor and producer assist for WBIR-TV, Channel 10.

    As a summer intern, Cunningham will generate story ideas for “On the Road,” go on assignments with Hartman, and develop social media for segments. Throughout the experience, she hopes to become a better storyteller.

    “That’s what Steve Hartman does, you know. He finds a truly remarkable way to show a piece of what is good in the world, which are rare stories to find on the newscast,” says Cunningham.

  • Samoray wins award at CCI research symposium

    JEM master's student Chris Samoray, far right, won an award at CCI's 36th annual Research Symposium. Photo credit: Stephen Spates

    The School of Journalism and Electronic Media participated in the 36th annual Research Symposium hosted by the College of Communication and Information on Feb. 26.

    Master’s student Chris Samoray received the award for best master's paper. His work is titled “Fearing Yourself: Genetic Privacy and Discrimination in an Age of Human Genome Revelation."

  • Senior accepted to NYC career workshop

    JEM senior Kristen Barnett

    JEM senior Kristen Barnett has been selected for the 2014 IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop, which takes place Mar. 6-7 in New York City.

    Now in its 30th year, the IRTS workshop introduces communications students to industry leaders and human resources professionals from top media companies.

    I am really excited to be a part of such a prestigious networking opportunity!” said Barnett, who is interested in television development and production. Currently, she is an intern at WBIR-TV news and a reporter and producer for UT Today.

  • MOH Project interviews sole surviving recipient from Tennessee

    School of Journalism and Electronic Media graduate student Joe Kuczynski interviews World War II Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge as part of the Medal of Honor Project's history of the Medal of Honor in Tennessee documentary project.

    The Medal of Honor Project traveled to Chattanooga Friday, Feb. 7 to interview WWII Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge.

    Coolidge, 92, is the only living MOH recipient from Tennessee, and one of 32 recipients hailing from the Volunteer state. He received his medal for actions in France as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army.

    JEM graduate student Joe Kuczynski interviewed Coolidge who shared freely about his life and legacy for over an hour and a half. The raw footage from the interview is posted on the MOH Project website.

    Additional support was provided by JEM graduate student Jake Thompson, JEM undergraduate Katherine Donnelly, video specialist Mike Wiseman and Assistant Professor Nick Geidner.


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