College of Communication and Information News

Word Spreads: UT Student-Designed Election Billboards Now on Display in Arizona

Billboards designed by UT students urging people to vote are now on display around Phoenix, Arizona. The designs, created by students in Rob Heller’s media graphics class, were first used on billboards around Knoxville, thanks to Lamar Advertising. Lamar representatives in Phoenix saw media reports about the UT students’ work and asked if they could use the artwork for billboards in their area.

College of Communication and Information Opens Public Speaking Center

Public speaking is one of people’s greatest personal fears, and a new facility in the College of Communication and Information provides tools to help students tackle their anxieties and become better communicators. The Public Speaking Center, in Room 260 of the Communications Building, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. The campus community is invited.

Students Design Billboards to Encourage People to Vote

Some students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are urging people to get out and vote in a big way. Their messages are on billboards around the Knoxville area. Rob Heller, a JEM professor in the College of Communication and Information, asked his media graphics students to design posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming election. “I’m very proud of their creative work,” Heller said.

UT Class: Social Media Comments Skyrocketed During Second Presidential Debate

Social media exploded Sunday night as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over personal and policy issues. The Political Social Media Group, composed of students in a political communication graduate seminar, have been using sophisticated social media monitoring technology to scrutinize the debates leading up to the election.