School of Journalism and Electronic Media News

Professor’s Book Reveals How Sportswriters Helped Create Baseball ‘Heroes’

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Baseball, the great American pastime, has given us plenty of memorable figures. In Inventing Baseball Heroes, Assistant Professor Amber Roessner of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media—a former sportswriter—examines how some sports journalists compromised their journalistic ethics to help make American heroes out of two of baseball’s most enduring personalities, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb and New York Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson.

Students’ Work Filmed In Croatia to Air Easter Sunday

Left to right, Abby Knight, Marissa Steinberg, Jackie DelPilar, and Malorie Cunningham prepare for a segment. The person holding the microphone is one of their international counterparts.

Four students who spent two weeks in Croatia in March produced a thirty-minute program while they were abroad. It will air on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20. The program will be part of the UT TODAY show that airs at 11:30 a.m. The students’ trip was part of an exchange funded by a US State Department grant and led by Professor Sam Swan.

Student-Produced News Program Starts Twentieth Season

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.

Wall Street Journal Health-Science Writer to Lecture at UT on March 11

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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.

#BeMyValentine: Expert Reflects on Growing Popularity of Online Dating

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.

On the Media: Creationism’s Public Relations Campaign

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.

Graduate Student, Professor Receive Snorgrass Memorial Journalism Award

A graduate student and professor have won a national journalism award for their research examining how print media covered various anniversaries of the 1910 “Fight of the Century.” Doctoral candidate Jodi Rightler-McDaniels and Professor Amber Roessner, both of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, won the J. William Snorgrass Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Paper on a Minorities Topic from the American Journalism Historians Association.

Journalism Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach in Ethiopia

Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media and director of internationalization and outreach in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach this summer at two universities in Ethiopia. This is the second Fulbright grant Swan has received in the last year. He taught at the University of Zagreb in Croatia last December.