Students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are “learning by doing” as they produce a weekly news program called UT Today for WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville. The half-hour program begins its twentieth season on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. UT Today was named the best student newscast in the state by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2013. The program is produced by an advanced television news class taught by Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media.
College of Communication and Information News
The College of Communication and Information will name a classroom in honor of CCI alumna Hilda Murray, an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive. A brief ceremony, part of the CCI Board of Visitors spring meeting, will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in Room 309 of the Communications Building. A plaque honoring Murray, which will hang outside the classroom, will be unveiled at the ceremony.
Ron Winslow has spent the last quarter century chronicling the most important health news—from the latest cancer research to questions about medical ethics—for Wall Street Journal readers. Winslow will talk about “Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times” when he delivers the annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8:00 p.m. on March 11 in the McClung Museum Auditorium.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author and science journalist will receive an honorary doctorate during UT’s spring commencement ceremonies. John Noble Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony in May. The UT Board of Trustees approved the degree today at its winter board meeting held in Martin.
WBIR news anchor Robin Wilhoit recently received the College of Communication and Information’s 2014 Diversity Award at the college’s annual Experience Diversity Banquet.
Several years ago, the thought of online dating left you LOL. Today, it is the second most popular way for couples to meet. “People like online dating because there are so many choices and opportunities to customize your search” for the perfect mate, said Elizabeth Hendrickson, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Hendrickson’s research interests include issues relating to social media.
Lisa Fall and Kenneth Levine in the College of Communication and Information teach their students about serving others and bridging cultural divides.
The College of Communication and Information will hold its annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, at the Bearden Banquet Hall. The keynote speaker is Robin Wilhoit, news anchor for WBIR-TV in Knoxville. Wilhoit also will receive the 2014 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.
WNYC Public Radio’s “On the Media” program reported on the ways that proponents of creationism have used the tools of modern media to make their case. The segment host, Brooke Gladstone, interviewed UT journalism professor and author Ed Caudill on his book Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign Against Evolution.
Suzie Allard, associate professor and associate director of UT’s School of Information Sciences has received a national teaching award. Allard was given the 2013 LJ Teaching Award from Library Journal, one of the nation’s top library and information science trade publications.