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Advance Screening of ‘WAVES’ Followed by Q&A with Director

The University of Miami community is invited to an advance screening of WAVES at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Nov. 20 from 1:25-4 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Trey Edward Shults. WAVES is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff of the University of [...]

Amazon Prime Video Executive Shares Recipe for Success

On November 7, Maria Sanchez, Miami-based head of Prime Video Direct Latin America at Amazon, spoke about her 25-year career in the television distribution industry with members of the Media Management Association. Growing up in Spain, Sanchez always knew that her calling was to work in the entertainment business. After completing her bachelor's degree in film and television from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Sanchez moved to Los Angeles where she worked for several companies for nearly nine years. “When I worked for the small companies, they took me to other [...]

Spanish-Language UChat HIts Close to Members of the Team

The UM Debate team hosted and moderated a UChat event in Spanish on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 on a topic that is close to the members of the team and many students on campus. The Uchat titled “Practicas Ilegales de Gobiernos Latinoamericanos” which translates to “Illegal Practices of Latin American governments” initiated a discourse on the corruption of Latin America and the source of why so many people flee these countries.   This chat provided a safe space for students to discuss the exploitation they have witnessed firsthand in their [...]

‘Off the Wire,’ UMTV’s Sketch Comedy Show

When asked what the goal of Off the Wire is, a resounding response from the three executive producers, junior Jeremy Erdheim, seniors Danny LaRose and Alberto Lopez, as well as head writer, sophomore Peter Gurl, almost knocks me off my chair: “to make people laugh!”  “Hopefully!” Erdheim adds, laughing. “Easiest question I’ve ever been asked,” somebody says in the midst of the uproar. You can tell these four are passionate, to say the least, about this show, which airs bi-weekly in front of a live audience and features a slew [...]

Alumna’s Passion for Radio Comes Full Circle

When Amber Robertson, B.S.C. ’12, graduated from the University of Miami, she had no idea what she wanted to do or who she wanted to be. The only thing she did know was that she wanted to leave her hometown of Miami behind to find opportunity and adventure. Seven years, two cities, and eight job titles later, Robertson visited UM last week to give career advice to anxious undergrads.  “If you want to pivot, your 20s are the perfect time to do it,” said Robertson during her presentation to members [...]

Games for Change Created by Students and Faculty

NERDLab at the University of Miami School of Communication is an incubator for projects that inspire and educate through innovation and fun. The last place one might expect to learn a life lesson or two from is a video game. But in the New Experience Research and Design Lab (NERDLab) at the University of Miami School of Communication, an accomplished pair of professors, Clay Ewing and Lien Tran, have been creating interactive social impact experiences including games that attempt to affect the learner’s perspective about a particular social issue. “Games [...]

UM Debaters Achieve Milestone, Advance to Elimination Rounds

Julia Lynch and Zachary Homeijer from the UM Debate Team achieved a milestone by advancing into the elimination rounds in a national level varsity policy debate tournament at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Oct. 12-14.  “Advancing into the elimination rounds was extremely exciting for our team. We have spent the past year working to improve our skills so that we can be competitive at the highest level and we are so happy to finally reach this milestone,” said Lynch. For Lynch and Homeijer, who began their [...]

A Living Laboratory for Good Writing

Veteran journalist Joseph B. Treaster draws on his continuing work for The New York Times to convey the lessons of good writing to communication students. Joe Treaster had the jitters. The cub reporter for The Miami Hurricane knew hardly anything about Claude Pepper or U.S. policy on China. Yet, he had to cover a China speech by the Florida congressman for the student newspaper. “I was sweating,” Treaster told students in one of the Writing for the Digital Age classes he now teaches as a professor in the School of [...]

Movies of the 80s with Rene Rodriguez

This semester, Rene Rodriguez, who served as the Miami Herald’s film critic for over 20 years, is teaching a class in the School of Communication called The Most Influential Decade: How the Movies of the 1980s Continue to Shape Hollywood today. Rene spoke with us about the inspiration for his course and what he hopes to convey to his students about this pivotal decade.   Isabella: What was the inspiration for this 1980s cinema class? Rene: So, I teach an Aspects of Contemporary Cinema course in the spring semester, which is [...]

Remembering Moses Shumow

Moses Shumow, Ph.D. ’10, a beloved University of Miami School of Communication alumnus tragically passed away on the morning of Oct. 22. He was riding his bicycle near Boston when he was struck by an MBTA Commuter Rail train. Shumow was living in Massachusetts, where he recently began working as an associate professor for journalism at Emerson College. He is survived by his wife, Rose, B.S.C. ‘98, and their three children. “Our hearts go out to his wife Rose, also a graduate of our program, his family, and his friends,” [...]