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Cosford Cinema Invites You to Watch Movies with a Special Guest

By Amanda M. Perez A new series—Watching Movies With—aims to bring the South Florida community to the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami to spark engaging discussions about film. Nestled on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus lies a gem of a venue that is open for everyone to explore. The Bill Cosford Cinema closed during the pandemic—but it is now back and welcoming guests with an array of programming that is aimed to pique the interest of a variety of audiences. As manager of the Cosford [...]

2022-03-21T12:35:33-04:00March 21, 2022|Motion Pictures|

MMA Meeting: How to Gain Access in the Media Business

By Vivianne Martell In Feb. 2022, Brian Norris, senior vice president, direct to scale & commerce partnerships at NBCUniversal’s Advertising and Partnerships division and a frequent Media Management Association speaker, shared his advice with students for entering the media business. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in advertising and sales, including nearly 15 years in leadership positions. Norris began the presentation by retracing his own professional journey, which started at Lifetime Television as a sales assistant. A key trigger for his interest in advertising sales occurred when, [...]

2022-03-11T16:03:38-05:00March 11, 2022|Media Management|

Invasion of Ukraine Highlights Social Media’s Role in War

By Barbara Gutierrez New technologies have increased access for everyone to stories, images, and videos chronicling Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the resulting destruction and misery. During the unprecedented incursion that Russia has unleashed on Ukraine, the interconnectedness and the immediacy and importance of social media have been starkly highlighted. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter are full of photos and videos of shootings, explosions, and burned-out Russian tanks and buildings. There are also videos of protests from Berlin to St. Petersburg, abandoned bodies of soldiers, and a stream of [...]

Student-Produced Shows Nominated for College Television Awards

By Barbara Gutierrez UMTV’s SportsDesk and NewsVision—along with the 15 students who worked on the shows—have been nominated for Television Academy Foundation awards.Two University of Miami television shows have received nominations for the Television Academy Foundation’s 41st College Television Awards, which recognize excellence in student-produced programs from colleges and universities nationwide. The competition, considered the Emmys of college productions, will announce winners at the awards ceremony on March 26. The University’s nominations are in the “News and Sports” category for NewsVision and SportsDesk, two student-produced shows on UMTV. NewsVision is a [...]

PRSSA President Selected as Latina Project Scholar

By: Bianca De Paz Angelica Peralta, University of Miami’s PRSSA president and senior studying public relations and entrepreneurship, has been selected as a scholar for The Latina Project. The Miami Herbert Business School recently launched the program to help young women build social capital, succeed in their professional careers and establish their own entrepreneurial ventures. It is led by Susy Alvarez-Diaz, senior lecturer at the University of Miami, who has been Peralta’s mentor while taking entrepreneurship courses. “Susy is an amazing woman, and I asked her to be my mentor [...]

2022-03-01T12:51:29-05:00March 1, 2022|Uncategorized|

Sarah Palin v. New York Times Case Highlights First Amendment Rights for Journalists

By Barbara Gutierrez Two University of Miami legal experts give their interpretation of the jury verdict and court’s decision in the recent lawsuit involving the former governor of Alaska and the daily newspaper. A New York jury decided on Feb. 15 against former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in a libel suit she filed against The New York Times where she claimed that the newspaper had published a defamatory statement that had damaged her reputation. In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff announced to the parties prior to [...]

2022-02-21T13:23:55-05:00February 21, 2022|Uncategorized|

‘Encanto’ Praised for Authentic Representation of Colombian Culture

By Barbara Gutierrez Social media posts of young children reacting to the sight of characters in the new Disney movie who look like them have gone viral. Members of the University of Miami community share their opinions on the animated film and why it’s important for everyone to see diversity in film. Eight-year-old Emma Gomez has watched the Walt Disney animated movie “Encanto” 13 times. She loves to sing and dance to the movie’s catchy song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” and knows the rest of the musical score by [...]

2022-02-16T13:39:46-05:00February 16, 2022|Uncategorized|

Student Blazes a Trail as a Public Speaker

By Jenny Hudak University of Miami sophomore Niles Niseem, a professional public speaker since he was 12 years old, aims to motivate his community through his speeches. Standing in the Georgia Dome, in an audience of almost 60,000, Niles Niseem's mother noticed something peculiar. When she looked around, the crowd surrounding her wasn't quite focused on the speaker of their work conference. But rather, they were captivated by a particularly enthusiastic and chatty toddler standing beside her—her 3-year-old son. So, it’s not surprising that Niseem, a sophomore studying broadcast journalism [...]

2022-02-15T12:04:51-05:00February 15, 2022|Broadcast Journalism|

‘Black Game Studies’ Examines Contributions of Black Game Makers to the Industry

By Karina Valdes Realizing a need for a reference of African American and African diaspora game makers, Lindsay Grace, associate professor and Knight Chair in Interactive Media, recently released Black Game Studies, an academic and historical book on the contributions of Black game makers to the field of analog and digital games. “There was a shortage of information about people of the African American and African diaspora and the kinds of games they make. What I did at the start of last year was to solicit stories and aggregate all [...]

2022-02-11T14:00:05-05:00February 11, 2022|Interactive Media, School of Communication|

There Are Many Layers in Intellectual Property Protection, Expert Says

By Ally Polner Intellectual property (IP) lawyer, Allison Lovelady, shared many insights with aspiring media professionals at the virtual Feb. 2022 meeting of the Media Management Association. As a partner at Shullman Fugate PLLC, Lovelady primarily litigates and counsels clients on copyright, trademark, defamation, and related privacy disputes. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Business Administration and earned her JD from Nova Southeastern University where she was an editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law. Lovelady started off her [...]

2022-02-09T14:41:49-05:00February 9, 2022|Media Management|