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Students Thrive During Hurricane Debate Institute’s Virtual Summer Camp

By: Karina Valdes As summer camps all over the country were closing due to COVID-19, professors at the University of Miami School of Communication worked quickly to move the annual Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI) to an online format. This summer camp offers instruction in public speaking, argumentation, and debate to students in grades 6 through 12 and is normally held in-person at UM’s Coral Gables campus. “The transition from in-person to online has gone very well,” said Patrick Waldinger, co-director of the Hurricane Debate Institute. “The nature of debate and public [...]

Documentary Filmmaker Billy Corben Shares Career Advice with Students

By: Karina Valdes For students pursuing a career in motion pictures, advice and humor intertwined during the Career Conversations Series with guest Billy Corben, B.S.C. ’03. A documentary filmmaker known for Cocaine Cowboys, The U, and Screwball, Corben graduated from the University of Miami School of Communication and has led a successful career that includes co-founding the Miami-based media company, Rakontur. “I've been quarantining, but I have been blessed to have a job, number one and, number two, to have a job that enables me to work remotely,” said Corben. [...]

2020-08-20T11:06:14-04:00July 23, 2020|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

The Future of the Entertainment Industry

By: Amanda M. Perez Experts from across the University of Miami and those in the entertainment business weigh in on how the global pandemic has affected the profession and how it could shape the dynamics moving forward. For many people who make a living in the entertainment industry, life as they knew it abruptly changed in late March when the spread of COVID-19 forced every aspect of the business to shut down. With movie theaters going dark, concert halls closing their doors, and film sets delaying production indefinitely, the global [...]

2020-08-20T10:33:51-04:00July 22, 2020|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Billy Corben to Share Insights on Film Industry During the Next Career Conversations Series

By Karina Valdes The Career Conversations Series continues on July 22 with University of Miami School of Communication alumnus Billy Corben, B.S.C. ‘03. A documentary film director and co-founder of the Miami-based studio Rakontur, Corben is a world-renowned filmmaker known for Cocaine Cowboys and ESPN’s The U and The U: Part 2. “Billy is an alumnus with a lot of experience, is outspoken, and does not shy away from difficult truths, which makes him someone capable of dispensing noteworthy advice to our students,” said Kebrina Maharaj, manager of career services [...]

2020-08-20T11:13:48-04:00July 21, 2020|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Distraction Magazine and Ibis Yearbook Shine in Awards Competition

Distraction Magazine and Ibis Yearbook Shine in Awards Competition By: Barbara Gutierrez The University of Miami student publications were recognized with multiple awards by the Society for News Design. Distraction magazine and Ibis yearbook received major awards from the Society for News Design student competition at Michigan State University. Distraction swept the magazine spread competition, winning first, second, and honorable mention awards in the category, said Randy Stano, professor of practice in journalism and media management and editorial adviser for Distraction and Ibis yearbook. “It is great to see the [...]

2020-08-20T09:06:09-04:00July 21, 2020|Uncategorized|

Career Conversations Series Brings Networking and Professional Advice to UM

By: Karina Valdes Over the summer, communication professionals from various companies including WLRN, ESPN, Miami Marlins, Miami Herald, and American Way have been networking over Zoom with students from the School of Communication during the Career Conversations Series. Hosted by the Stein Family Office of Career Services and Internships, the guest speakers have shared insights on what students can expect when entering the workforce, as well as opportunities within their respective organization. “Even though the pandemic has altered our students’ summer job and internship plans, the Career Conversations Series is helping [...]

2020-08-20T09:13:00-04:00July 14, 2020|School of Communication|

Are Automated Software Applications Efficient or Malicious Malware?

Two technology experts with the University of Miami explain the origins of “bots” and their role on the internet today. By: Janette Neuwahl Tannen Bots. They’ve been blamed for influencing public opinion during recent elections or simply annoying users who are scrolling through their chosen social media feed. So, what are they? University of Miami computer scientist Ching-Hua Chuan, a research associate professor in the School of Communication’s Interactive Media Department, said bots are simply software programs designed to complete a specific task. Some of the first bots were web [...]

2020-07-06T15:21:09-04:00July 6, 2020|Interactive Media|

Virtual Summer Internships Offer Valuable Experiences

By: Ashley A. Williams Esther Animalu is learning the skills of her field during her remote student internship with the cable television station MSNBC. Since March, college students across the country have had to adjust to the interruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for students participating in internships this summer. Esther Animalu, a rising junior in the University of Miami School of Communication, hasn’t let the novel coronavirus quash her summer goal of interning for a media company. “I applied all over, and I hoped [...]

2020-06-30T14:20:26-04:00June 30, 2020|Broadcast Journalism|

Opinion: What are the expectations for the nation’s public global media channels?

By: Karin Wilkins Recent appointments and terminations at the U.S. Agency for Global Media raise serious questions about the nation's strategic global communication. Whatever credibility the United States may have had as a global leader is lost when key institutions become more explicitly partisan. Current U.S. plans to envelope the Voice of America (VOA) into a more right-wing broadcasting system raise concerns, recently described in articles published in The Washington Post and The Atlantic. Now led by conservative and controversial filmmaker Michael Pack, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is changing guard within [...]

2020-06-25T15:51:27-04:00June 25, 2020|School of Communication|

Knight Chairs Pen Open Letter Regarding Arrests & Violence Directed at Journalists During Protests Demanding Racial Justice

Twenty-three Knight Chairs from across the country, including two from the University of Miami School of Communication, penned an open letter bringing attention to violence directed at journalists covering the protests against police brutality. Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, and Lindsay Grace, Knight Chair in Interactive Media, both signed the letter condemning the attacks on members of the press. Below is the letter in its entirety. AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING ARRESTS AND VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT JOURNALISTS DURING PROTESTS DEMANDING RACIAL JUSTICE In recent weeks, the latest killings of [...]