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Aurora Occa: Reaching global audiences through her passion for health communication

Originally from Ceriano Laghetto, a small town just outside of Milan, Italy, Aurora Occa has certainly traveled and accomplished plenty throughout her collegiate career. Aside from the School of Communication’s top-notch Ph.D. program and varied resources, Occa fell in love with the school’s culture and compatibility with her interests. In May, she will graduate with a Ph.D. in Communication. Occa’s focus for her degree is on health communication, particularly on encouraging individuals to participate in clinical trials, understand trial expectations, and effectively communicate with physicians. Occa has also worked to [...]

Make Valuable Connections at Fourth Annual Communication Meet-Up

Internship and job-hunting season has arrived. On March 28, University of Miami School of Communication’s Fourth Annual Communication Meet-Up will enable students and alumni to connect with professionals from a variety of communication fields. Attendees can look forward to networking with more than 50 company representatives looking to hire in areas including multimedia, design, communication, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, and advertising. Participants should dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés. Before the Communication Meet-Up, Oath Inc. is holding an info session from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Wolfson room 3040, where [...]

Fall 4C Pilot Grants Awarded

A total of eight faculty members spread across six departments were awarded 4C Pilot Grants by the University of Miami School of Communication Center for Communication, Culture, and Change. These grants are awarded three times per year to fund interdisciplinary projects that align with the mission of the center and are designed to provide data to compete for external funding from private, foundation, and government sources. Margaret Cardillo, lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, along with Caleb Everett, professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and chair [...]

Research Grant Recipients Announced

A total of five faculty members spread across three departments were recently announced as the 2017 – 2018 recipients of the Creative Activity and Research Grants. The funding supports work that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that support the enhanced reputation of the School of Communication. Wan-Hsiu “Sunny” Tsai, William Hughes, and Juliana Fernandes from the Department of Strategic Communication, Victoria Oreggo Dunleavy from the Department of Communication Studies, and Michelle Seelig from the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media were selected by an interdisciplinary [...]

Communication Meet-Up a Success for Students and Employers

Last week, more than 160 University of Miami School of Communication students, faculty, and alumni filled the Frances L. Wolfson courtyard to mingle with industry leaders and network with specialists in film, multimedia, design, public relations, journalism, and various other communication fields.  Students met with representatives from more than 20 organizations including ESPN, Yahoo, and Fox News. Each company rep was able to speak with students one-on-one to discuss their organization’s corporate culture, the opportunities available, and how interested students could get involved. According to first year public relations student [...]

Network and Meet Recruiters at the Third Annual Communication Meet-Up

If you’re planning your next step after graduation, stop by University of Miami School of Communication’s Third Annual Communication Meet-Up on March 22. This annual recruiting and networking event connects students and alumni with professionals from a variety of communication fields. “The Communication Meet-Up brings tremendous benefits to our students. It provides a comfortable environment to practice their networking skills which is crucial to succeeding in this industry, and many advance to being interviewed, and even get hired directly through the event for great internships and jobs,” says Kebrina Maharaj, [...]

SoC Unveils Two New State-of-the-Art Centers

University of Miami School of Communication ushered in the interactive age with the dedication of two new centers on Friday, December 2. The school officially opened the Koenigsberg & Nadal Interactive Media Center and the Robert & Lauren Mann Broadcast Center in a unique ceremony emphasizing interaction and technology. UM trustees, donors, guests, and friends watched the ribbon cutting on two flat screen TVs in the school’s courtyard before touring the new facilities. Gregory J. Shepherd, dean of the School of Communication, opened the ceremony by thanking the university’s Board [...]

Koenigsberg and Nadal Interactive Media Center Opening at UM School of Communication

A state-of-the-art space for innovation and creativity is opening at the University of Miami School of Communication. The Koenigsberg and Nadal Interactive Media Center (IMC) is poised to transform experiential education at the University by giving students collaborative spaces and a fully-equipped multimedia agency to create, learn, and expand their portfolios. “Students need to have access to the tools that are driving creative work across communication industries,” says Gregory J. Shepherd, dean of the School of Communication. “But I also think it is essential that we provide spaces that encourage [...]

Miami Conference to Explore Intersection of Data Journalism and Digital Humanities

In 2012 Dan Cohen, founding executive director of the Digital Public Library of America, wrote: “I’ve increasingly felt that digital journalism and digital humanities are kindred spirits.” Inspired by this, the University of Miami is launching the first Digital Humanities and Data Journalism (DH+DJ) Symposium. It will take place at the university’s Newman Alumni Center between Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and is being sponsored by Knight Foundation, and the University of Miami’s School of Communication, Center for Computational Science, Richter Library and College of Arts and Sciences. The DH+DJ symposium will [...]

Doctoral Students Awarded MIA Summer Field Research Grants

Doctoral students Soroya McFarlane and Kerli Kirch were each awarded the Miami Institute for the Americas’ (MIA) Summer Field Research Grants to work on a joint project that investigates how culture influences health, focusing on adolescent pregnancy in Jamaica. The project aims to create a cultural taxonomy of factors related to teen pregnancy. This will include an analysis of current campaigns and community media to evaluate the cultural relevance of messages and develop hypotheses about media effects.  In early August, McFarlane and Kirch are traveling to three locations in Jamaica for two weeks. While on location, the [...]