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Welcoming Al Martin to our School of Communication

We are very pleased to announce that Alfred L. Martin, Jr., a renowned scholar of media and cultural studies, is joining the faculty of the University of Miami School of Communication. Dr. Martin’s research focuses on fans, texts, and production of television and film, through the lens of critical Black studies, and sexuality and gender studies. Having earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Martin comes to us having served as an associate professor of communication studies and African American studies at the [...]

2022-08-09T09:48:44-04:00August 9, 2022|School of Communication|

Study Abroad in London Takes Students Inside Global Communication

By News@TheU Nearly a dozen students joined faculty members Joseph B. Treaster and Gina Presson from the School of Communication for the three-week trip. They sat in on a BBC politics broadcast. Tried out the correspondent’s chair at the CBS television bureau. Watched New York Times editors strategizing on their coverage of the Ukraine war and traced the career steps of the chief public relations and marketing executive for the studio that made the Harry Potter movies. Nearly a dozen University of Miami students, most from the School of Communication, [...]

Cosford Cinema to Premiere Docuseries Exploring Art in the World of NFTs

By Jenny Hudak The first installment in the short documentary series “What Would Fado Do with Non-Fungible Tokens” highlights artists, curators, entrepreneurs, and government officials at the forefront of the intersection of fine art and NFTs. In an emerging online landscape, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have paved new paths for artists as a means of creation and distribution. The digital opportunities are now seemingly endless. In “What Would Fado Do with Non-Fungible Tokens,” a documentary series by Miami-based artist Gabriel “GG” Gimenez, filmmakers explore the intersection of fine art and the [...]

2022-08-03T13:22:13-04:00August 3, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Journalists?

By Barbara Gutierrez Lindsay Grace, an associate professor at the School of Communication, and a team of fellow academics have developed an AI-generated tip sheet that can help news organizations by scouring information and providing leads to pursue. For many journalists, the idea of sharing space with artificial intelligence  is threatening. As it is, the news business is in a steep decline, with U.S. newsroom employment down 26 percent since 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. A combination of factors has contributed to this decline but new technologies are also [...]

2022-07-06T11:16:38-04:00July 6, 2022|Interactive Media|

Scholars: Insurrection Hearings Supply Epic Storytelling, No Clear Ending

By Michael R. Malone The Jan. 6 hearings investigating the facts and causes of the domestic terrorism attack on the U.S. Capitol are a colossal storytelling feat with a myriad of possible outcomes, according to communications and constitutional law specialists at the University of Miami. Sam Terilli, associate professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication, and Frances Hill, professor in the School of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar for the Profession, examined the parameters of the House Select [...]

2022-06-30T10:06:18-04:00June 30, 2022|Uncategorized|

University of Miami Debate Team Wins Second ACC Championship

By Barbara Gutierrez Delphine Djomo and Iman Sami made up the team that defeated Wake Forest University in a virtual debate, bringing the trophy to Coral Gables. Besides winning the top spot as a duo, Djomo and Sami were each recognized as the top two individual debaters of the competition. For more than a year, University of Miami debaters Delphine Djomo and Iman Sami spent hours researching journals, scholarly magazines, and reams of documents to master topics for their upcoming debates. Inside the School of Communication debate room, they often [...]

New Class Explores Learning in the Metaverse

By Janette Neuwahl Tannen Students and faculty members discover some of the possibilities for the future of education through the University’s first course conducted in virtual reality. When Emily Nunes arrived in class recently, she found herself in a serene, outdoor arena near the ocean. Triangular transparent panels formed a roof over her, as Nunes stood in a manicured courtyard facing a large revolving Buddha statue. Contemplative flute music played in the background, as her classmates placed candles around the statue. The teaching assistant floated around the arena, guiding a [...]

2022-05-10T12:00:31-04:00May 10, 2022|Uncategorized|

Entertainment Law is in the Future for this Graduate

By Barbara Gutierrez Amanda Carballo helped produce an award-winning film during her undergraduate years at the University of Miami. Now she plans to earn a law degree to represent artists in the entertainment industry. Amanda Carballo did not think she wanted to come to the University of Miami. The 22-year-old had lived all her life in Miami, and she thought that going away made the most sense. When the acceptance letter arrived, however, she could not say no. “I am so glad I did accept,” she said. “Now I look [...]

2022-05-10T11:48:57-04:00May 10, 2022|Advertising, Motion Pictures|

Q&A Session About ‘Second Life’ and the Metaverse

By Ally Polner On April 11, Wagner James Au, the author of The Making of Second Life (available in the Richter Library) and The Metaverse Blog New World Notes (https://nwn.blogs.com) responded to questions about Second Life and the metaverse from members of the Media Management Association. Below is a summary of these conversation exchanges, with slight editing for clarity. For recall, Second Life was created by Linden Lab in 2003 (nearly 20 years ago) and is described as an online community of avatars--a second life for its residents. Your book, [...]

2022-04-18T16:00:17-04:00April 18, 2022|Media Management|

School of Communication to Offer Graduate Student Opportunity Awards

The School of Communication is delighted to announce the Graduate Student Opportunity Awards, which are intended to benefit historically underserved or underrepresented populations. This new funding, which is available to students applying to SoC graduate programs for fall 2022, is intended to support the University of Miami's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Each award consists of 50% tuition remission per year (toward a maximum of 12 credits per year), allowing the recipient to complete their program at a significantly reduced tuition cost. Dr. Christina Lane, associate dean of Graduate Studies, [...]

2022-04-13T11:03:52-04:00April 13, 2022|Graduate Studies|