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Cinematic Arts Students Make a Movie in China

By: Karina Valdes When cinematic arts students were faced with challenges that could have prevented them from making a film, they adapted and used technology to connect globally and created their own opportunity. “What if we made a film in China?” Ali Habashi, assistant professor of professional practice, asked the students in his fall 2020 CCA 351 class, Intermediate Filmmaking, through Zoom. Habashi had 18 students in his online filmmaking class, with two students unable to leave China because of the travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. In a [...]

2021-03-19T15:33:58-04:00March 19, 2021|Motion Pictures|

UM Students Win National DEA Red Ribbon Week PSA Contest

By: Jabria Roscoe University of Miami students Julie Erhardt and Julia Hecht are the winners of the national 2020 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest. The competition allows universities from across the nation to submit videos that promote the importance of stopping drug and alcohol abuse among college students. Hecht says that winning the competition was a great way to wrap up the semester. “It was really cool. We were home, I was in New York and Julie was in New Jersey. Julie facetimed me [...]

2021-03-17T14:10:49-04:00March 17, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

The Dean’s Student Circle Launches Mentorship Program for New Students

By: Karina Valdes Navigating college can be complex, but the Dean’s Student Circle (DSC) at the School of Communication is working to help students succeed with its new mentorship initiative. The Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program aims to connect students within their first two semesters at the SoC with students who have at least four semesters at the School. “The School of Communication’s Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program seeks to equip students with the guidance and resources they need to maximize their experience at the SoC,” said Luis Herrera, assistant [...]

2021-03-03T13:30:36-05:00March 3, 2021|School of Communication|

‘Change Brings Opportunities,’ WarnerMedia Executive Says

By: Raul Cruz "Change brings opportunities," is one of the key messages that Jennifer Mirgorod, head of Sales and Account Management at WarnerMedia Sales and Distribution, delivered to the members of the Media Management Association during a popular Zoom session about her company’s streaming service, HBO Max. Mirgorod graduated with a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and spent nearly two decades working for Turner Broadcasting in various executive positions in advertising and sales. Prior to her current position, Mirgorod was an executive vice president in Partnership [...]

2021-02-22T14:52:14-05:00February 22, 2021|Media Management|

University of Miami Advances into Social Justice Debates Finals

On Feb. 19-21, the University of Miami Debate Team competed in the championship tournament of the 2020-2021 Social Justice Debates advancing to the final round. The Social Justice Debates aspire to promote productive and rigorous debates, challenging current and future thought leaders to consider issues of justice in relation to the distribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege in U.S. society. Debating the issue of Defunding Police and Abolishing Policing, UM student debaters Delphine Leoue Ngoko Djomo and Micah Council advanced into the final round of competition, finishing the tournament in [...]

2021-02-22T13:34:19-05:00February 22, 2021|Communication Studies, School of Communication|

SoC Professor Named Co-Editor of the AK Peters Visualization Series

By: Jabria Roscoe School of Communication associate professor and world-renowned data journalist, Alberto Cairo, was named co-editor of the AK Peters Visualization Series. The series is a collection of books that aims to explain the subject of data visualization. Cairo will work alongside University of British Columbia professor, Tamara Munzner, to find new authors to create books that cater to the world of data journalism. “I got interested in the role because I knew Tamara was involved. She is highly respected in the field, so when I got asked to [...]

2021-02-17T12:50:33-05:00February 17, 2021|Journalism|

Sophomore Launches Magazine to Amplify Black Voices

By: Jenny Hudak Julian Crosby established Gravity Magazine, the University’s first student publication dedicated to highlighting and uplifting Black experiences. As the credits to Ava DuVernay's 13th rolled in Julian Crosby's sociology class, his creative mind whirled as he marveled at the power of storytelling. Crosby, a Hammond Scholar, Foote Fellow, and honors student studying motion pictures in the School of Communication, often draws inspiration from others to share compelling stories. Producers like DuVernay, activists like Martin Luther King Jr., and even writer and YouTube star Issa Rae fuel his passion [...]

2021-02-10T11:10:04-05:00February 10, 2021|School of Communication|

The Career Conversations Series is Back with Alumni Guest Speaker James Dorgan

By: Karina Valdes The Career Conversations Series kicks off the spring semester with alumni guest speaker James Dorgan, B.M. ‘90, vice president of music business affairs & legal at The Walt Disney Company. Hosted by The Stein Family Office of Career Services and Internships at the School of Communication, The Career Conversations Series brings together students and working professionals to network, providing an opportunity for students to ask questions and learn about a variety of careers. The conversation with Dorgan takes place on Wed., Feb. 10, at 1: 30 p.m. [...]

2021-02-03T14:50:32-05:00February 3, 2021|School of Communication|

The Washington Post’s Editor Announces Plans to Retire

By: Barbara Gutierrez Martin Baron has made a major impact on American journalism and has spearheaded three major national newspapers. Members of the University of Miami community comment on his legacy. When the history of American journalism is written, the name of Martin “Marty” Baron will be featured prominently. He has had a strong influence on many prominent newspapers, and he led The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Miami Herald to many Pulitzer Prizes. Now, Baron has announced that he will retire on Feb. 28 from his role [...]

2021-02-03T12:54:31-05:00February 3, 2021|Journalism, School of Communication|

‘TheWrap’ Ranks UM A Top 50 Film School

By: Karina Valdes TheWrap’s Top 50 Film Schools of 2020 lists the University of Miami School of Communication as one of the best in the country to study cinematic arts. Earning a spot at number 32 on the list, the program went up three spots from number 35 in 2019. “Our ranking in TheWrap reflects the standing that the University of Miami has gained in the industry, especially now that our graduate program is well over two decades along and alumni have succeeded at every facet and level,” said Christina Lane, chair for the Department of Cinematic Arts. Notable [...]

2021-01-26T14:42:31-05:00January 26, 2021|Motion Pictures|