Inside Global Programs: Ford Sanders
Ford Sanders (JEM ’20) participated in the Going on Assignment in Prague program during summer 2019. A junior at the time, we checked in with Sanders, now an on-air reporter with the Nexstar Media Group in Nashville, to hear about how this program re-ignited his passion in journalism.
Learn more about CCI’s Going on Assignment in Prague summer 2021 program.
What was one of the first things you did in Prague after arriving?
Right after we arrived in Prague, we had this welcoming lunch at the Prague Castle. It was actually one of my favorite memories. I … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Ford Sanders”
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”
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”
Geidner: ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ Off to Great Start
With Dolly Parton’s new 10-week bedtime-story series Goodnight with Dolly under way, the honorary UT alumna is doing her part to comfort kids all over the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to Associate Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Nick Geidner, who produced and directed the documentary film The Library That Dolly Built.
“My one-and-a-half-year-old, Sam, who makes some cameos in the film, loved the first episode, especially at the end when Dolly sang ‘I Believe in You,’” Geidner said. “He loved the woo-woo-woos in the song, but I also think he loved it because it is … Read more “Geidner: ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ Off to Great Start”
John Jackson Miller: From Daily Beacon Editor to Star Fantasy Writer
After graduating from the University of Tennessee where he served as editor of The Daily Beacon, John Jackson Miller (JEM ’90) set his sights on the stars.
Specifically, the stars in a galaxy far, far away and the ones in the far-flung future where no man has gone before.
Miller turned his lifelong passion for comic books and science fiction into a career, evolving from a trade publication editor to a creator. Today, he is a New York Times bestselling novelist and comic writer for Star Wars, Star Trek, and many other fantasy licenses and original works in between. … Read more “John Jackson Miller: From Daily Beacon Editor to Star Fantasy Writer”
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.”
Scientific American’s Robin Lloyd to Give 28th Annual Hill Lecture
Robin Lloyd, a writer and editor for Scientific American and adjunct professor of science writing at New York University, will talk about “The End of Investigative Science Writing?” when she delivers the 28th annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at the University of Tennessee.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium on the UT campus.
Lloyd has contributed to almost every realm in science journalism and media. She has been a newspaper reporter, a wire service journalist, a network online journalist, … Read more “Scientific American’s Robin Lloyd to Give 28th Annual Hill Lecture”
JEM Students Place Second at SEJC Competition
A student team from the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media placed second among 26 schools in the onsite, deadline-driven team competition at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), which was held Feb. 13-15 at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The Tennessee team earned two individual first-place finishes in the onsite competition: senior Gabriela Szymanowska in news and feature photography and senior Will Backus in sports writing.
Senior Kenneth Richmond took second in sports photography, and sophomore Allie Justis placed third in copyediting. Additional Tennessee representatives in the onsite competition included: Ainsley Kelso in arts and culture … Read more “JEM Students Place Second at SEJC Competition”
On to the Next Assignment: Longtime Beacon Editor Graduates
Kylie Hubbard is ready for her next story.
Hubbard concluded her third semester as editor-in-chief of UT’s independent student newspaper, the Daily Beacon. She graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and electronic media.
Though she’s all in now, Hubbard stumbled into journalism.
From White House, Tennessee, she came to UT as a graphic design major but switched to journalism during the spring of her freshman year.
She got involved with the Daily Beacon through a journalism course her freshman year.
“We had the opportunity to participate in a student media project to help boost our grade,” she … Read more “On to the Next Assignment: Longtime Beacon Editor Graduates”