Q&A with Jason Stamm
The College of Communications and Information offers students the opportunity to receive a Ph.D. with the five separate concentrations, which include advertising, journalism and electronic media, public relations, information sciences, and communications studies. Students are ensured a well-rounded education, as they must complete a core curriculum before progressing on to their chosen concentration. The Ph.D. program is designed for students who anticipate pursuing a career with a research-intensive establishment.
Jason Stamm is working towards a Ph.D. with a concentration in journalism. When he is not completing coursework, he dedicates his time as a Graduate Student Assistant in the School of … Read more “Q&A with Jason Stamm”
Statom Named 2020 CCI Hileman Award Winner
Award-winning meteorologist Lelan Statom (JEM ’86) is the recipient of the UT College of Communication and Information’s 2020 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest alumni honor given by the college.
Statom was honored along with five school and program alumni of the year award winners during the virtual CCI Board of Visitors meeting on Nov. 6
In addition to his many newsroom accomplishments, Statom has made significant contributions to the University of Tennessee through his service as a charter member of the UTK Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the CCI Board of Visitors. In … Read more “Statom Named 2020 CCI Hileman Award Winner”
Q&A With Alissa Sommerfeldt
The College of Communications and Information offers a master’s program in Communication and Information with four different concentrations: advertising, public relations, communication studies, and journalism and electronic media. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in both professional and management positions. Students gain knowledge in each concentration, regardless of which they choose to pursue, to ensure a well-rounded education. The program also provides students with opportunities to study abroad, receive scholarships, and to participate in research projects.
Alissa Sommerfeldt is working toward her master’s degree with a concentration in public relations, balancing the … Read more “Q&A With Alissa Sommerfeldt”
Q&A With Kate Luffman
Senior journalism and electronic media major Kate Luffman had a dream of one day
photographing college athletics, and her dream became a reality when she started volunteering for Vol Photos, the photography team of the University of Tennessee Athletic Department. Luffman began as a volunteer student photographer in 2018 and has since been promoted to a staff student photographer.
You may also recognize Luffman through her creative game day paintings on The Rock, which often gather social media attention.
While participating in the CCI Global Communication Scholars program in Sydney, Australia, Luffman served as a photoblogger for International Studies Abroad … Read more “Q&A With Kate Luffman”
Q&A With IRTS Fellow Ford Sanders
As part of his journey to becoming a news anchor after graduation, senior journalism and electronic media major Ford Sanders has gained experience with news stations on the local and national level. During his time as a UT student, he has worked with WVLT-TV and the UT Today program in Knoxville and with CBS’ New York City-based programs.
Sanders was among an elite group of students who had the opportunity to be part of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Fellowship Program, a prestigious program for 30 to 40 students from a nationwide pool of more than 1,000 applicants. … Read more “Q&A With IRTS Fellow Ford Sanders”
CCI Alumni Start VOLs Remote Internship Program for Students
As many students around the country had their summer internship plans put on hold because of COVID-19 and economic uncertainty, the University of Tennessee’s New York City Alumni Chapter quickly organized a virtual internship program for future communicators.
The VOLs Remote Internship pilot program paired five interns from CCI with social media and digital communication roles at nonprofit organizations dedicated to education.
CCI Board of Visitors member Jamie Lonie (PR ’10), who also serves as president of UT’s New York City Alumni Chapter, said the idea for a digital internship program was born at the October 2019 CCI Board of … Read more “CCI Alumni Start VOLs Remote Internship Program for Students”
Q&A with Gabriela Szymanowska
While she was a student in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, Gabriela Szymanowska (JEM ’20) developed a passion for telling people’s stories that can raise awareness or inspire change on important social issues.
She gained more experience telling those critical stories through writing and photography during her eight-month John and Patty Williams Fellowship with the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, the prestigious multimedia project that brings together the country’s top journalism students and graduates. Because of COVID-19, this year’s 31 News21 fellows from 16 universities collaborated virtually on “Kids Imprisoned,” an investigation into juvenile justice in America.
Szymanowska served as … Read more “Q&A with Gabriela Szymanowska”
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”
2020 ICA Conference – CCI Participants
The 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia, was held virtually May 20-27. A number of professors and students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media participated.
Discussion Moderators & Chairs
ADPR Interim Director & Professor Sally McMillan:
- Chair: Virtual Reality: New Methods, Approaches, and Theories
JEM Assistant Professor Joy Jenkins:
- Chair: How Journalists Use Social Media
ADPR Assistant Professor Matthew Pittman:
- Chair: HIGH DENSITY: Messaging for Public Awareness and Social Change
CS Associate Professor Michelle Violanti:… Read more “2020 ICA Conference – CCI Participants”