Nannette Baker to Receive 2019 Hileman Award
To celebrate a career that has spanned the newsroom and the courtroom, Nannette Baker (JEM ’78) will be honored with the 2019 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award at the CCI 50th Anniversary Gala on October 11 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
The Hileman Award, established in 1994, is the highest alumni award presented annually by the college.
Baker began her career as a broadcast journalist before making an about-face and entering the legal profession. Today she serves as chief magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis.
Baker was born … Read more “Nannette Baker to Receive 2019 Hileman Award”
2019 CCI Alumni & Faculty Awards
Five college alumni and six members of the faculty will be honored for their accomplishments at the CCI 50th Anniversary Gala, which will be held October 11 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The school and program alumni awards have been given annually since 2013, and the oldest CCI faculty awards began during the 1982-83 academic year.
Nannette Baker (JEM ’78), the 2019 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award winner, will also be honored at the gala.
2019 CCI School/Program Alumni Award Winners
Leslie Osborne (’97)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Watauga Group/CyBear Interactive
Graham Thomas (’08)… Read more “2019 CCI Alumni & Faculty Awards”
New Website Catalogs Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project
Each spring, professor Rob Heller from UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information takes his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the Campbell County community of 7,000, about 45 miles north of Knoxville.
It’s a ritual that has been reaping rewards for Heller, his students, and the public for more than a quarter of a century. Spring 2020 will mark the 27th anniversary of Eyes on Lafollette.
A new website chronicles the history of the project and the amazing body of work it’s yielded over the years. … Read more “New Website Catalogs Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project”
RSVP for the CCI 50th Anniversary
Celebrate the past, present, and future of the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information at the CCI 50th Anniversary Gala, Friday, Oct. 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center.
The event is open and free to all CCI alumni plus one guest.
The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by faculty and alumni awards, dinner, and a program celebrating the college’s legacy. After the program, the dance floor will be open with accompanying music from Just a Few Cats.
Longtime Tennessee news anchors Anne Holt Blackburn (JEM ’73) … Read more “RSVP for the CCI 50th Anniversary”
CCI Begins 10th CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week
The College of Communication and Information will host its annual CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week from Monday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 26.
“Reflect, Retool, and Reclaim” is the theme of this year’s week of panel discussions, keynote speakers, and dramatizations. Alice Wirth, the Director of the CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society, is also the organizer of the event, which is in its 10th year.
The 2019 CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week features two keynote events in Strong Hall 101: a film screening and panel discussion with the Dartmouth College Filmmakers on the library and activist documentary Change the … Read more “CCI Begins 10th CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week”
Women in Cable Telecommunications Provides Students with Career Development
Are you a junior or senior looking to explore career opportunities, network with industry professionals and gain valuable development advice? Do you want to gain an invaluable mentor, but don’t know where to start? The Women in Cable Telecommunications Southeast Chapter Student Mentor Program just may be the opportunity you have been looking for.
Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is an international organization that focuses on developing women leaders in the cable and telecommunications industry. WICT advances the position and influence of women through proven leadership programs and services at both the national and local … Read more “Women in Cable Telecommunications Provides Students with Career Development”
Inside CCI: August 2, 2019
Advertising & Public Relations
Alexa K. Fox (University of Akron) and DeForrest Jackson Professor Mariea Grubbs Hoy published, “Smart Devices, Smart Decisions? Implications of Parents’ Sharenting for Children’s Online Privacy: An Investigation of Mothers” in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Read their findings here.
Congratulations to Ying Xiong for successfully defending her dissertation, “Public Relations and Social Movement Engagement: Facilitating Motivations and Building Networked Social Movements.” Special thanks to her dissertation committee chair Maureen Taylor and her other committee members: Professor Elizabeth Avery Foster, Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho, and Adam Saffer (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).… Read more “Inside CCI: August 2, 2019”
Study Shows New Moms May be Vulnerable to ‘Sharenting’
Whether they need to commiserate about the trials of parenthood, get advice, or simply brag about their youngsters’ achievements, today’s parents often turn to an ever-ready forum: social media.
Mariea Grubbs Hoy, DeForrest Jackson Professor in the School of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Communication and Information, worked with Alexa K. Fox, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Akron, to study “sharenting,” a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children. Their findings were published in “Smart Devices, Smart Decisions? Implications of Parents’ Sharenting for Children’s Online Privacy: … Read more “Study Shows New Moms May be Vulnerable to ‘Sharenting’”
After Whitewater Canoeing, Kerns Finds Grad School Smooth Sailing
Journalism PhD student Charli Kerns has fought her way through whitewater rapids and cascaded over waterfalls in her canoe. Knowing that adrenaline rush, she doesn’t get too stressed out over research, writing, or teaching a class.
Kerns been an action sports enthusiast since being introduced to kayaking through UT’s Outdoor Pursuits during her undergraduate days on Rocky Top. She later picked up canoeing and now considers whitewater canoeing her main sport. She’s traversed waterways across the United States as well as in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, France, and India.
She’s managed to translate her love for action sports—the preferred … Read more “After Whitewater Canoeing, Kerns Finds Grad School Smooth Sailing”
2019 CCI Commencement Highlights
UT Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis conferred degrees on 257 CCI spring graduates (213 undergraduate, 40 master’s, 4 doctoral) during CCI’s May 9, 2019 Commencement ceremony at Thompson Boling Arena. Summer graduates were also honored at the event.
Pinnacle Financial Partners Chairman Martha S. “Missy” Wallen (BA/CS ’73), a longtime member and former chair (2015-17) of the CCI Board of Visitors, delivered the commencement address in which she stressed the importance of fostering personal connections with others in an increasingly digital world.
Wallen said building relationships helped launch her career in the financial industry during a time when few women … Read more “2019 CCI Commencement Highlights”