Magic of ‘The Library That Dolly Built’
Working at the Library of Congress in February 2018, the students on the Land Grant Films team began to understand that their project—a documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, tied to the milestone of Parton’s giving away her 100 millionth book—was a much bigger deal than they had realized.
“We were there getting our press passes,” remembers Kayli Martin (’21), the film’s assistant producer. “I thought, ‘This is what it’s like to be a professional journalist.’”
“I had never been to the Library of Congress,” says Abby Bower (’19), a producer and the writer for the project. “The building, number … Read more “Magic of ‘The Library That Dolly Built’”
Lexie Little (JEM ’18) Places in Hearst Awards for Clarence Brown Story
Alumna Lexie Little (JEM ’18) placed sixth nationally in the Personality/Profile Writing Competition in the 2019-20 William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
Her award-winning feature article, “A Roustabout Career: The Forgotten Celebrity of Clarence Brown,” started as a class assignment but eventually appeared in the Torchbearer, the University of Tennessee’s alumni magazine.
Little is now pursuing her Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She recently started work on her thesis project, which explores shifts in the collective memory of the Civil War through studying newspaper coverage of Confederacy … Read more “Lexie Little (JEM ’18) Places in Hearst Awards for Clarence Brown Story”
Master’s Student Q&A: Kylie Julius
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Kylie Julius recently completed her master’s degree Communication & Information with an emphasis in communication studies. She also earned her undergraduate degree in communication studies at UT.
During her master’s degree program, she researched interpersonal and organizational conflict, particularly in the effects of workplace bullying. Julius intends to pursue a doctorate in the future and teach in a university setting.
Why did you choose Tennessee and the CCI program for your master’s degree?
I always felt at home within the College of Communication and Information. The professors in the Communication Studies department watched out for … Read more “Master’s Student Q&A: Kylie Julius”
Master’s Student Q&A: Diane Carr
A native of Midland, Michigan, Diane Carr is completing her master’s degree in Communication & Information this summer with an emphasis in communication studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in human resources at Michigan State University and later joined the Peace Corps.
She began working at UT’s College of Nursing as a research information specialist in 2016, which rekindled her longtime interest in pursuing a master’s degree. She wants to continue working in communications and has a passion for environmental conservation and helping those less fortunate.
Why did you choose Tennessee and the CCI program for your master’s degree?
Students Earn Eight Tennessee AP Awards
Students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media and members of UT student media earned eight awards from the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors’ 2019 college contest, which were announced in April.
Tennessee students earned three first place honors for their work in investigative features, television reporting, and graphic design.
Journalism and electronic media major Ainsley Kelso took first place in Online Investigative/In-Depth Reporting for her story, “Rising Temperatures Cause Longer Mosquito Season and Greater Risk of Viruses.” She researched and wrote the story as part of Senior Lecturer Melanie Faizer’s digital news reporting class, which focused … Read more “Students Earn Eight Tennessee AP Awards”
2020 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet
Students from the College of Communication and Information received 48 accolades from the 2020 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet.
Though the awards ceremony was canceled this year, the annual spring program honors students, faculty, and staff on the University of Tennessee campus for professional and academic achievement, as well as community service.
Below are the CCI award winners:
Extraordinary Community Service
Mary Logan Yancy
A senior communication studies major, Mary Logan Yancey participated in the Leadership and Service Living and Learning Community in her first year on campus. Since then, she has been a participant and then student coordinator of the VOLbreaks … Read more “2020 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet”
JEM Students Move Weekly Show Online
When spring semester classes moved online after spring break, School of Journalism and Electronic Media lecturer Melissa Greene-Blye was not sure about the future of UT Today.
The student-led weekly TV news program is produced by Greene-Blye’s advanced multimedia reporting class. From on-camera roles to operating the teleprompter, the course gives students who want to be anchors and reporters an opportunity to run a full news program in the Communication Building’s broadcast studio.
“How do you take an in-studio class virtual?” Greene-Blye asked. “Students in this class are getting anchoring experience for their highlight reel. The students were adamant … Read more “JEM Students Move Weekly Show Online”
ADPR Students Win at 2020 Addy Awards
Fifteen students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations and a graphic design major earned 24 honors at the Knoxville American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards.
Senior Kara Wegner earned a Gold Addy Award for her work on Land of Ice and Fire and a Silver Addy Award for Indelible Faces. Graphic design major Ndigi Gichingiri took home a Gold Addy for Burnt Out. Sarah Melancon and Hanna Dice both earned Silver Addys.
Advertising majors who earned Bronze Citations of Excellence included: Alyssa Brown, Madison Cullen, Lauren Friend, Wendy Harmon, Anna House, Kristy Ilia, Yulisia Lopez, Macy Meredith, Alyssa Nichols, … Read more “ADPR Students Win at 2020 Addy Awards”
Dolly Parton Film by Land Grant Films to Debut Nationally April 2
The Library That Dolly Built, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, student-driven film and documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, will premiere April 2 in New York City and be screened in theaters across the nation.
Associate Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Nick Geidner is the director and producer of the film, which was crewed by 15 student members of Land Grant Films, an Emmy-nominated documentary production program housed in UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media. JEM video production specialist Clinton Elmore served as the film’s editor.
Student Blog: Networking Trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.
This January, students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations and School and Journalism and Electronic Media traveled to New York City to get an insider’s view of the industry. In February, the Communications Studies club ventured to D.C. to learn more about professional opportunities with a Communication Studies degree.
They were hosted by CCI alums and given the opportunity to further their knowledge outside the classroom. Three students, Laken Wright, Savannah Smith, and Hannah Dimon, gave a first-hand account of the trips.
Laken Wright (Advertising)
This January, I took part in a once in a lifetime opportunity to … Read more “Student Blog: Networking Trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.”