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Student News: Gilmore, Smith and AP Award Winners

Millie SmithCommunication & Information Master’s student Millicent “Millie” Smith won the U.S. State Department’s inaugural Diplomacy Lab Wonk Tank Competition on April 1, 2016 during Global Partnerships Week in Washington, DC. The title of her project was “He for She for Delhi.”  JEM Professor Catherine Luther taught the graduate class Smith took during Fall 2016 that was selected to participate in the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab project. JEM Video Specialist Clint Elmore worked with Smith on the video she submitted with her Diplomacy Lab Wonk Tank Competition proposal. As part of the Wonk Tank award, Smith will pursue further research as a paid summer intern at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). CSIS is among the most respected think tanks in Washington, DC. It was ranked as the number one think tank in the world for security and international affairs by the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and as the 4th best overall think tank in the world. To view a video of the award presentation, see


Taylor GilmoreTaylor Gilmore has been accepted into the News21 program for 2016. The 10-week summer fellowship begins in late May and concludes in late July. This year’s topic is voter access and participation in a national election year. Gilmore is one of 22 students nationally to be accepted into the 2016 program. To view a video of Gilmore’s explanation of why she is excited to take part in the News21 program, see Gilmore’s News21 participation was made possible thanks to a generous gift from CCI Board of Visitors member John Williams (BS/JEM ‘71) and his wife, Patty (SIS endorsement ‘86), of Kingsport, Tennessee. 

To read about the experiences of CCI’s two previous News21 program participants, see the following stories.

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Congratulations to CCI’s Tennessee AP 2016 college journalism winners:

Best News Story: 1st place, “Jimmy Cheek Asked To Resign Amid Holiday Post on Diversity,” Tanner Hancock (JEM); Honorable Mention, “Sound of Silence,” Liv McConnell (JEM).

Best Newspaper Reporter: 1st place, “Liv McConnell – In-Depth News,” Liv McConnell; Honorable Mention, “Tanner Hancock – Campus News,” Tanner Hancock.

Best Specialized/Topic Reporting: Honorable Mention, “Arts Renaissance in Downtown Knoxville,” Michael Lipps (CS).

Best Sports Reporting: 1st place, “Jones’ Roots Explain How Head Coach Became Mentally Tough,” Jonathan Toye (JEM); 3rd place, “Dobbs, Teammates Connect Through Virtual Soccer Game,” Jonathan Toye.