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|

Reporters Project Receives New Support to Build Statehouse Coverage System

Multidisciplinary collaboration between California Polytechnic State University and University of Miami will use Knight Foundation support to create AI-driven wire service for statehouse coverage. A $200,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will help Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) develop an artificial intelligence system that will strengthen news coverage of state and local governments, the IATPP announced. Researchers aim to build a prototype news wire service where narrative content covering state legislatures is automatically generated from primary data sources, and can [...]

2020-03-06T11:30:40-05:00March 6, 2020|Journalism|

UMTV Receives 11 Nominations for NBS-AERHo Awards

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV received 11 nominations in ten different categories from the NBS-AERho National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. NBS-AERho is a national organization that recognizes the work of college students working toward a career in electronic media. The winners will be announced at the NBS-AERho 78th National Convention, held March 11-14 in Los Angeles. UMTV has been nominated in categories that include Video Feature Segment, Video Newscast (live), Video Newscast (prerecorded), Video Documentary Program, Video Sports Segment, and Video Sports Program. UM senior lecturer and UMTV faculty advisor, [...]

Two UMTV Shows Nominated for College Television Awards

By: Karina Valdes Two UMTV shows, NewsVision and SportsDesk, were each recently nominated for a Television Academy Foundation College Television Award. The College Television Awards recognize excellence in student production, with this year’s nominees selected out of 374 submissions from 112 schools across the nation. NewsVision and SportsDesk are the only two UMTV shows airing live. NewsVision staff were nominated in the News category for their work on MSD Massacre One Year Later. “This recognition impacts everyone who spends countless hours every week volunteering to produce each episode of NewsVision [...]

Alumnus Hosts Morning Show, Wins Big at KBA

In the race to land a job after graduation, some students can only dream of one day hosting a television show. But there was Tej Joshi, B.S.C. ’19, right as he was graduating from the University of Miami, the host of SoKY Sunrise, the morning show for south-central Kentucky’s NBC affiliate television station, WNKY 40.  “It’s a really fun show that I’m happy to be a part of,” said Joshi. What’s more, SoKY Sunrise was recently awarded Best Morning Show at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Florence, Indiana— [...]

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 [...]