Journalism

‘The Culture’ Makes UMTV History with First NATAS Nomination

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV’s The Culture, the station’s first black show, now becomes the first black program at the University of Miami to be nominated for a Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Production Award (NATAS). NATAS recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in television and student production. “My initial reaction was, ‘Wow, we did it!’”, said UM senior and executive producer of The Culture, Rachel Smith. “When we started the show it was just an idea, so this is huge.” The Culture has gone [...]

When Interpreting Data Visualizations and Graphics, Read the Fine Print

By: Kristian A. Rodriguez Alberto Cairo, a visual communications expert in the School of Communication, explains how data journalism is helping the world to understand the impact of the coronavirus. Shocking statistics are so prevalent these days, but you need to pay close attention to what a graphic is attempting to convey. This is the advice of Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication and a veteran expert on news information graphics. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, data [...]

2020-05-15T10:32:32-04:00May 15, 2020|Journalism|

E!’s Jason Kennedy Presented with the 2020 South Florida Communicator of the Year Award

By: Karina Valdes Last week, students watching the School of Communication’s online presentation of the 71st Annual University of Miami Student Media Awards were treated to words of encouragement from fellow ‘Cane and alumnus, Jason Kennedy, B.S.C. ‘04. Kennedy, host of the E! series In the Room, was presented with the 2020 South Florida Communicator of the Year Award during the awards show that celebrates the dedicated students who make the University’s award-winning student media outlets successful. “When I got an email from Ed [Julbe], saying that I was going [...]

Two New Special Topics Classes for Fall 2020

The School of Communication has added two new special topics classes to its fall schedule where students can explore how communication can be used to help communities. Communicating COVID-19: Social Justice Research, Action, and Impact offers students an opportunity to implement community-based projects founded on communication theory, research and practice. Students will be able to use their skills as researchers, communicators, and storytellers to join the unprecedented global response to the humanitarian crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The class will leverage the diverse talents of professors from across the [...]

Graduating Senior Makes a Lasting Impression on UMTV Amid Pandemic Crisis

By: Sabrina Pizziol Since the recent pandemic has changed the way we receive information, news productions have been scrambling to figure out how to adapt. Graduating broadcast journalism major, Ben Ezzy, has been at the frontline of this change, as he executive directs COVID-19: A UMTV Special.   “Obviously, it’s been a difficult few weeks in not being able to finish the semester together,” Ezzy explains. “But this has been a powerful story, and it shows our strengths as journalists and that we’ve been able to embrace those challenges and [...]

2020-05-01T16:09:46-04:00May 1, 2020|Broadcast Journalism, Journalism|

Student Faces a New ‘Humanity Emergency’

By: Christopher Bared Sarah Fraser, a medical doctor and graduate student in the University of Miami School of Communication, decided to return to the medical front lines and help battle COVID-19 in her native Canada. Last year, in the Oct. 3, 2019, edition of UMTV’s NewsVision show, Dr. Sarah Fraser appeared as the guest medical expert. A graduate student in the University of Miami School of Communication, she had pressed pause on her medical career to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. On the student media cable show, she eloquently [...]

2020-04-23T15:09:01-04:00April 23, 2020|Journalism, School of Communication|

UM Professor Wins BEA Festival of Media Arts Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Sanjeev Chatterjee, professor, won the Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts (BEA) for his documentary, Sweet Malady. “It feels great,” said Chatterjee. “It’s an international award so it always feels good to win something like this.” Sweet Malady follows a West Bengal family whose members all acquire Type 2 Diabetes from foods they associate with happiness. “I’m inspired by what I see,” said Chatterjee. “I wanted to show the culture of sweets in the Bengali community in India and show something [...]

2020-04-21T17:07:21-04:00April 21, 2020|Journalism, Motion Pictures|

Student Productions Win Big at National Media Competition

By: Sabrina Pizziol University of Miami students took the nation by storm at the 57th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition, receiving several nominations and taking home eight awards. UMTV’s Spanish-language news show, UniMiami, was recognized as the Best Video Newscast (Prerecorded) making it the first award the program has won. “It was definitely a long-time coming,” said Alexa Eckembrecher, one of the executive producers of UniMiami. “It would have never happened if it weren't for all the members that worked on this program before me and my co-EP, [...]

I.M. M.F.A. Students Win Data Viz Awards

By: Isabella Vaccaro University of Miami students Alyssa Fowers and Deb Pang are pursuing their M.F.A.s in Interactive Media, but have already begun making their marks in the data visualization world. Both Fowers and Pang were finalists in the Information is Beautiful Awards and won Computation + Journalism awards for some of their projects done here at UM. But, what is data visualization? And how did these award-winning projects even come to be? Alberto Cairo, associate professor of infographics, data visualization, and data journalism in the School of Communication, said [...]

2020-03-30T17:53:36-04:00March 30, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|

UM Professor Wins Sigma Journalism Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Alberto Cairo, a world-renowned data journalist and associate professor, is the co-winner of a Sigma Journalism award for his work on the project Zones of Silence (ZOS). The project is a collaboration between Cairo, El Universal daily newspaper in Mexico, and the Google News Initiative. “It’s great news because the Sigma awards are quite prestigious,” said Cairo. “I feel happy not just for the award, but because the project and the work are being recognized.” The Sigma awards, formally known as the Data Journalism awards, is a [...]

2020-03-09T15:52:10-04:00March 9, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|