It’s a question I hadn’t really pondered until this moment. And now that it has been suggested, I can’t stop thinking about it.

StairwellI’ve actually been avoiding the avalanche of 9/11 coverage over the last week. Not because I don’t care, or don’t think it is important to remember, but because I do. I feel in some way, that watching those towers fall over and over again may numb the visceral memories I have from that day, and there is some pain that should never be numbed.

But the question haunting me now is what 9/11 would have been like if social media existed then as it does today. What if part of our national memory this week was tweets, pictures, videos and status updates from inside the Twin ... READ MORE
POSTED: Sep 10, 2011 - Digital Media  Journalism  Public Relations/Advertising  

 I have a confession to make. I love magazines. You could say I am a magazine addict. This doesn’t really fit with my image as a digital media professor, but I can’t help myself.

 Maybe it has something to do with the smell of a new magazine, that unique combination of glossy paper and ink.

 Maybe it has something to do with my upbringing. I first subscribed to a magazine when I was in 6th grade. It was 1980, and my class received an election info packet from U.S. News & World Report. It had bios about the main candidates (Reagan, Carter, and independent John Anderson) and information about the electoral process.

 It also included a subscription card that I took home and asked my parents to send in. I continued subscribing to U.S. News & World Report for several years. I was a little Alex P. Keating in the making. (I’m still a little sad about the READ MORE
POSTED: Jun 23, 2011 - Digital Media  Journalism  

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a tsunami, causing death and destruction in Japan.
The extent of the damage in Japan is not fully known, but thousands, likely tens of thousands, died, countless homes were destroyed and the damage has been estimated in excess of $30 billion, making it one of the worst natural disasters of all time.
In these difficult times we, as Christians, should pray for the suffering people of Japan. We should also seek to be the hands and feet of Christ, doing what we can to help the Japanese people in their time of need.
POSTED: Mar 13, 2011 - Broadcasting  Digital Media  Journalism  Public Relations/Advertising  Theatre  Photojournalism  Film Studies  Advertising  Media Communications  

 At the beginning of March, I traveled with a group of seven other communication arts students with Dr. Chris Blair and Professor Ashley Blair to Chicago on an academic trip arranged by Prof. Blair, Dr. Blair and PRSSA President Elizabeth Wood.

 It was great to take a break from school and learn a little about our majors, namely public relations, digital media studies and broadcasting, in “the real world.”

 Over two days, we visited two large public relations agencies, met with someone from the Art Institute of Chicago PR department, met with an events coordinator of the Mayor’s
Office of Special Events and with a project manager in the Chicago Film Office, and toured the NBC/Universal studios.

 Meeting with Chai Lee at the Art Institute of Chicago

 Our trip gave us unique out-of-the-classroom learni... READ MORE
POSTED: Apr 2, 2010 - Digital Media  Public Relations/Advertising  

  Congratulations to the 2009 Digital Media Festival winners! The Best of Festival awards went to Ben Peacock for his Flash-based website "The Vue" for Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis (Best in Interactive) and Mary Annis, AJ Shelby & Kristen Marks for their "Bald Soprano" poster, used to promote the local Northside High School production of the play.

 Other top awards (The Red Awards), went to Rob Simpson, Erica Davis, Kristi McMurry, Kristen Marks and Ryan Oetting.

 Special thanks to Ms. Melinda Eckley, assistant professor of art, and Cam Tracy, web development agent, for coordinating this great event

 Go to the Digital Media Festival website for a list of all the winners!

POSTED: Nov 18, 2009 - Digital Media  Media Communications  

 For those of you techie types interested in the details of the new studio equipment being installed in Jennings Hall, here you go. Click on the links to go to detailed info about each item.

(3) JVC GY-HD250U ProHD cameras with VF-HP840U LCD HD Studio Viewfinder, HZ-FM13U Focus Control, HZ-ZS13U Zoom Control, and RM-HP250AU Camera Control Unit
(1) Broadcast Pix Slate 3016 HD switcher with 3 DVEs, built-in multiviewer, clip store, and Inscriber CG
(1) Sony KDL-42V4100 42" LCD monitor for program, preview and camera monitoring
(3) Sony PDWF75 XDCAM HD decks
(3) Tel... READ MORE
POSTED: Jul 31, 2008 - Broadcasting  Digital Media  

Be sure to come by and check out the updated High Definition editing suite in Jennings 204. This last semester we have upgraded to Final Cut Studio 2, featuring Final Cut Pro 6, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, and the new color correction app, Color. We also upgraded to Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, so you will benefit from Photoshop CS3's new video features, as well as the new Flash CS3 video encoder. Finally, we have added Maya Complete 2008 to the suite! We are excited about this addition to our complement of video and 3D animation tools, and we are thankful to Autodesk for their generous gift. Maya 2008, Final Cut Studio 2, Creative Suite 3

 All of this new software is powered on our MacPro with 2.66GHz quad core processors, 3GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. And we have added an additional Pa... READ MORE
POSTED: Feb 1, 2008 - Digital Media  Film Studies  

If you get a chance, be sure to go to one of the screenings at the Gillette/Tracy film series, held throughout the year at the homes of Jonathan Gillette, assistant professor of art, and Cam Tracy, web development agent and instructor of digital media studies. The series explores "the strange and unique and extraordinary."

For up to date information about the series, go to their Facebook group.

Recent films include:
Evil (or Ondskan) (2003)
Okie Noodling (2001)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)
Adaptation (2002)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
POSTED: Nov 19, 2007 - Digital Media  Film Studies  

Great paragraph from JPod - the new Douglas Coupland novel I'm currently reading.  "...we're googling every ten minutes. The problem is, after a week of intense googling, we've started to burn out on knowing the answer to everything. God must feel that way all the time. I think people in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of feeling clueless."... READ MORE
POSTED: Aug 15, 2006 - Digital Media  

This random beef jerky company has recently launched a hilarious ad campaign called Messin' With Sasquatch -  When you get to the site - view the commercials. I've seen a few on TV, but they've got all four on the website.  My favorite thing about them (other than the idea of playing classic pranks on Bigfoot) is that Bigfoot often attacks one of the hikers at the end. Genius.... READ MORE
POSTED: Jun 14, 2006 - Digital Media  


Digital Media Studies Society
The Digital Media Studies Society strives to raise awareness of digital media by fostering creativity in an interdisciplinary environment. Membership is open to any DMS major.
Advisor: Cam Tracy
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Scholarship Banquet with Tony Blair Oct 3, 6:00pm: Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, Tennessee
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s 14th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 3 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn. : more event info

Fall Classes Begin Aug 23, 8:00am

Fall Convocation Aug 26, 10:00am: G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel

FOCUS: New Student Orientation Aug 19, 9:00am

Freshmen Registration Jun 20, 9:00am

Communication Arts Awards Banquet May 10, 5:00pm: Grant Events Center
Come out to enjoy a great dinner and celebrate the end of the 2010-2011 school year with all of the Com. Arts faculty and staff. Tickets are $5.00 and will go on sale at the end of April.

Digital Media Festival Nov 18, 6:00pm: DMS Lab

DMS Homecoming Gathering Nov 5, 8:00pm: Cam Tracy's home

DMS Society Kick Off Party Sep 23, 7:00pm: Cam Tracy's home

Union Scholarship Symposium May 4, 9:00am: Jackson Campus