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December 2019

Documenting Life

Since Land Grant Films was founded in 2016, more than 100 students have participated in the documentary filmmaking program. It’s helped UT become known as a place where aspiring documentary journalists and long-form storytellers can hone their craft. Read More

Kelly Name iSchool Chair Elect

School of Information Sciences Director and Professor Diane Kelly was elected the incoming chair-elect of the iSchools organization, a worldwide group dedicated to advancing the information field. She will serve two years as chair-elect beginning in March 2020 followed by a two-year term as chair from 2022-2024. Read More

He wore Godzilla on his Mortarboard

Though he traveled 7,000 miles to attend the University of Tennessee, Yoshi Momoki (JEM ’93) felt at home on Rocky Top. Today, he wants to share the love of orange in Japan. Read More

Student Blog: Liza Cunningham

Senior advertising major Liza Cunningham writes about how studying abroad in Sydney and Rome challenged her to learn about new cultures and helped expand her communication skills. Read More


Come Hail or High Water 

JEM Senior Lecturer Melanie Faizer encourages her digital news reporting students to sleuth out hard-hitting stories on significant topics. This fall, their mission is to report on extreme weather issues. Read More

Purple Heart Recipient MSIS Student, Second-Gen Vol

When Will Biggs left the United States Marine Corps after 10 years of service, he started a job hunt that proved to be rougher than anticipated until he started working for his public library. Read More

Website Catalogs LaFollette Photojournalism Project 

Each spring, JEM Professor Rob Heller takes his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the community of 7,000, about 45 miles north of Knoxville. Spring 2020 will mark the 27th anniversary of Eyes on LaFollette. Read More

Marcellus Turner on Finding the Perfect Career, Job, and City

Throughout his career as a librarian, Marcellus Turner (MSIS ’88 & CCI Board of Visitors) has often chosen his next position by the city rather than the job itself – soaking in each new location’s culture, challenges, and opportunities. He always had his eye on the Pacific Northwest and is currently celebrating his eighth year as chief librarian for The Seattle Public Library. Read More

Class Notes

Doug Watson (JEM ’97) was nominated for 10 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards for documentaries shot over the last three years for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, PBS affiliate WITF.

Pamela Sheridan (AD ’87) is the volunteer coordinator for the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center and a staff mediator. She oversees the Volunteer/Apprentice Program at NCRC.

Lelan Statom (JEM ’86), meteorologist for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, was named Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association. He has worked at NewsChannel 5 for more than 26 years.

Gracie Lee (PR ’16) was promoted to account executive at Obsidian Public Relations, where she has worked since 2016.