It’s getting hard to keep Christmas gifts a secret these days. Last year, Twitter posts revealed what President Obama was buying for his daughters a few days early. That’s not the only way that new technology is changing the holidays. Lisa Fall, associate professor of advertising and public relations, said she is amazed by the way the Internet and smartphones make planning holiday celebrations and keeping in touch easier.
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Put down the video game. Turn off the Wii. Round up the kids and settle down with a great book about the holidays. The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature helps people discover the best new books for children and teens. Center director Miranda Clark helped compile this list of books that will help kids learn about various winter holidays.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Melahnie Springfield, an advertising graduate student, had the big idea to start a popular blog about self-segregation in social media.
Robert Heller, professor of journalism and electronic media, had a big idea: getting his students to think about the importance of voting in the upcoming presidential election. He had his students create posters to encourage the UT community to vote.
“Expanding and Understanding our Diverse World” is the theme of this year’s College of Communication and Information Diversity and Inclusion Week, October 1-4. The week will feature panel discussions on a wide range of diversity issues, culminating with the CCI Diversity and Inclusion Festival, Thursday, October 4, in Circle Park.
The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) will be the featured speaker at UT’s PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center on Henley Street. Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, will deliver the Ackermann PR Keynote Lecture at the event.
Journalist Woody Paige is best known for his sports knowledge and wit. The ESPN broadcaster and Denver Post reporter and columnist credits UT’s journalism school for building a great foundation for his career. Paige was honored Monday with an Accomplished Alumni award.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) has received a grant to study the trustworthiness of diverse scholarly information sources and channels. The $271,131 grant was awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The study will begin in September and continue until November 2013.
University of Tennessee journalism professor Mike Martinez will watch the Olympics this year like most of us—during his leisure time—rather than working the event. Martinez has been connected to chronicling the Olympics for more than eighteen years.