Class Field Trip yields photos and prizes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by mcgillmedia

Last week we changed it up in class. J337, Photovisual Communications, took a field trip. We started at the Horseshoe in the center of campus. Students had 75 minutes, the entire class time, to take photos, edit and turn them in. It was a gorgeous spring day, and we were all happy to get out of the Coliseum classroom.


J337 photo class spring 2014

Students had several themes they could photograph. I was really impressed with students’ images taken in such a short time.

Yesterday local photographer Jeff Blake came to class to critique their images. He gave away prizes for the best image in each category.

And the winners are…

1- Michael Tolbert (This photo also won Best in Show. Way to go Michael!)
2- Anne Almand
3- Jenn Drozd
HM- Krystina Simms
HM- Anne Almand


“Three”: 1st place photo by Michael Tolbert


1- Kristen Sheetz
2- Marjorie Sliker
3- Krystina Simms


Pineapple: 1st place photo by Kristin Sheetz


Stop Action
1- Emily Blank
2- Marjorie Sliker
3- Jenn Drozd


Stop Action: 1st place photo by Emily Blank


1- Marjorie Sliker (This photo also won the Best Photojournalism award. Yay Marjorie!)
2- Kristin Sheetz
3- Krystina Simms


People: 1st place photo by Marjorie Sliker


Jeff also gave an award for the photo that took the most patience. It went to Krystina Simms.


The image that took the most patience, to wait as the meter timer turned to the correct number for the theme “3.” Photo by Krystina Simms


Vis Com summer internship paid (Columbia, SC)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by mcgillmedia

EngenuitySC Communications Coordinator

This has been a great internship for a vis com student. Highly recommended. 

“An exceptional candidate will have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and economic development; be well-versed in online marketing tools; and will be available between 10-20 hours per week during the semester, with the possibility of full time work during the summer period.”

Equipment  - Qualified applicants must have a laptop as well as reliable transportation, preferably a personal vehicle. Mileage for any out of town travel (unlikely) will be reimbursed.



Graphic Design Internship (Columbia, SC)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 15, 2014 by mcgillmedia

Clarke & Company Benefits

Looking for intern to update documents, create fliers and simple design work. Not much experience required. 

Clarke & Company Benefits basically serves as the middle man between insurance companies and their clients who want to offer health insurance plans to their employees.

For more information contact or

Photography Student Wanted

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by mcgillmedia

Laura Corder is a Vis Com alum now working at USC’s Columbia Incubator. 

She wants a junior-level student to build out their portfolio with some product photography. 

Contact Laura Corder
Director of Operations
Communications Manager
USC/Columbia Incubator

PT job on UofSC campus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by mcgillmedia

CarolinaCard – Marketing and Events Coordinator 

They would love a visual communications major who is not about to graduate. 

“The student would be responsible for designing and implementing creative marketing strategies to promote vending machine sales across campus. Duties would include social media promotions, events and development of physical advertising such as posters and signs. The student would also be in charge of interpreting the results of events and promotions such as taste testing and surveys.”

Find out more at USC’s JobMate #22287. Or talk to Ken Corbett .



Indie Grits

Posted in creative, South Carolina students, video with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by mcgillmedia

Indie Grits is here! One of the best small film festivals in the country happens right in our own backyard.

Indie Grits Film Festival presented by Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, SC
Includes parties, puppet shows, gaming, live music and lots of good food
April 11 – 20

As a documentary filmmaker, here are some of the events on my list. I’m sure you have your own must-sees.

The Great Flood: Movie based on footage USC’s Fox Movietone News Collection
Mon. April 14, 3:30 pm

Indie Bits: One-day seminar on independent gaming and interactive media
Tue. April 15

People Portrait Shorts: Ten or so short documentary films in one block
Wed. April 16, 8 pm

Panel Discussion: Shooting on a Micro-budget
Sat. April 19, 10 am

Feature film list, including documentary films

Short film list, shown in 2-hour blocks





Photos and online layout innovations

Posted in creative, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2014 by mcgillmedia

Props to Travis Bell for his photo coverage of NFL Pro Timing Day at University of South Carolina this week. He did justice to Jadeveon Clowney and the other NFL hopefuls.

I love the way Gamecock Athletics ran the photos online. This vertical photo narrative style is made with Exposure software developed by the developers at Elepath. The template gives you a simple, quick way to post photos with a bit of text. According the their website “Exposure was created by a photographer who wanted a more meaningful and effortless way to publish his work — in the context of a narrative, instead of a feed or single photo on a permalink page.”





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