Mark Nagi (MS/C&I ’96), Community Relations Officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in Knoxville, spent 15 years working as a sportscaster prior to joining TDOT. Even though his current full time position keeps him very busy, Nagi can’t seem to stay away from the lure of sports broadcasting.
For the third consecutive year, Nagi produced a show taking an in-depth look at the upcoming Tennessee football season. His thirty minute program aired earlier in August on Fox 43 in Knoxville and can be viewed here. The major sponsor of the program was West Chevrolet where CCI BOV Emeritus member Charles West (BA/CS ’96) is president.
Stuart N. Brotman, Howard Distinguished Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information, has reached an important publishing milestone. American Lawyer Media, the nation’s largest legal publisher, has released the 40th edition of Professor Brotman’s seminal treatise, Communications Law and Practice. This treatise was originally developed in 1995; a year later, after the 1996 Telecommunications Act became law, it had to be significantly revised to reflect the dramatic changes that had occurred. Since then, Professor Brotman has written two updated editions every year—which is equivalent to 20 books over a 20-year time span.
The treatise is well established as the leading single-volume reference work (1600+ pages) covering telecommunications, electronic mass media and satellite communications law. It continues to be utilized by generations of law students around the country, housed in leading law libraries such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia and Georgetown University. It also is available through LexisNexis, the world’s largest electronic database for legal information, and has been cited widely as an authoritative source in briefs filed before federal appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court. In 1998, the treatise was added to the Vatican Library as the only American communications law reference work in its collection.
Professor Brotman was honored this year for the treatise and his other influential publications by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), when he became the first faculty member from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to receive BEA’s Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Award. He previously received BEA’s Lifetime Achievement in Law and Policy Award.
Communication Studies Senior Amelia Young completed a remarkable summer internship at Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Her internship weeks were filled with celebrity visits and heart-tugging encounters with kids. She compiled a photo presentation that chronicled her internship and the skills she gained through the experience. Young’s internship photo portfolio can be viewed here.