As President’s Day approaches, UT Journalism Professor Michael Martinez is busy studying US commanders-in-chief through the lens of the White House photographers. Martinez is working on a book looking at the public’s memory of US presidents as portrayed through these photographs.
School of Journalism and Electronic Media News
David Cobb, Troy Provost-Heron, and Dargan Southard, students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, have hit a grand slam in the internship world: each has won a coveted internship to write for Major League Baseball’s website.
Seventy years have passed since the liberation of prisoners held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. More than a million people were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when Soviet troops liberated the camp. Professor Rob Heller took the photos at Auschwitz in 2007 while in Poland to attend the opening of his Living On photo exhibit.
News anchor and reporter Sharrie Williams received the Accomplished Alumni Award from UT last week during her visit to campus to speak to journalism students.
Amber Roessner, an assistant professor of journalism and electronic media, interviewed former President Jimmy Carter last week at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The interview was for Roessner’s second book, tentatively titled Jimmy Who: Jimmy Carter and the Practice of Presidential Press and Promotion in the First Post-Watergate Election, due to be published by LSU Press in 2017.
For more than two decades Professor Rob Heller has been taking his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette to photograph life in the small East Tennessee town.
Graduate teaching associate Laura Lemon found herself in an interesting spot at last week’s Medal of Honor Town Hall at UT. On one side of her sat her public relations students, eagerly taking notes to write a press release about the event. On the other side sat her father, Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon.
Taylor Hathorn discovered a passion for promoting military veterans through her involvement with UT’s Medal of Honor Project. Now that passion has turned into a job for the 2014 journalism graduate.
The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, to be held in Knoxville September 10 through 13, is giving UT students special opportunities to interact with some our nation’s most honored veterans.
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.