UMTV’s ‘The Culture’ Sheds Light on the Black Lives Matter Movement

By: Ashley A. Williams A group of University of Miami students take a deep dive through film, photography, and journalism into the history of police brutality and social justice issues Black people are facing in the United States. As many students around the nation and globe engage in protesting violence by police against Black communities, a group of students at the University of Miami is documenting as much of it as possible. Jayda Graham and KiAnna Dorsey, executive producers of The Culture, UMTV’s award-winning channel which highlights the Black experience [...]

Are Journalists Being Targeted During This Current Civil Unrest?

By: Barbara Gutierrez Dozens of journalists have been injured during the protests against the death of George Floyd. Some were caught between demonstrators and police, and others were assaulted or detained. Television reporter Kaitlin Rust in Kentucky kept shouting repeatedly, “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.” Freelance photographer Linda Tirado was permanently blinded in one eye because of a rubber bullet fired by police in Minneapolis. CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live television because he allegedly refused to move. These journalists were suffering attacks as they were doing [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

Graduate Expresses Gratitude for her Hurricane Family

By: Janette Neuwahl Tannen Jenny Hudak, a media management major in the School of Communication, sought a true student body community and found it at the U. The importance of the Hurricane community has not been lost on senior Jenny Hudak. A few weeks ago, when the University of Miami announced it was postponing graduation because of the coronavirus, Hudak reached out to her friend Will Larossa, another senior and one of the faces behind Sebastian the Ibis. Larossa had asked her to take some graduation photos of him earlier [...]

2020-05-07T12:45:37-04:00May 7, 2020|Media Management|

Resilient Student Turns Uncertainty Into Academic Strength

By: Ashley A. Williams A late start couldn’t hold graduating senior Renee Sobaram back from obtaining her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami’s School of Communication. Renee Sobaram vividly remembers the day the course of her life shifted. Three years ago, the now graduating senior felt she was floundering in uncertainty while studying sociology at a local community college. At the time, Sobaram didn’t dream of attending the University of Miami—or any university for that matter. Because of her dad’s encouragement, after taking a gap year to travel and [...]

2020-05-06T10:09:38-04:00May 6, 2020|Media Management|

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, [...]

Interpersonal Skills Matter in the Media Business

By: Media Management Association This summary statement was a fitting conclusion for the presentation of Revolt Media & TV's James Brown to the members of the Media Management Association on Tuesday, March 3. Brown, currently the EVP of Content Distribution at this content creation company, explained his professional journey from Bell Atlantic to ESPN to Revolt and offered advice to students interested in working in the content distribution business. While working at Bell Atlantic in the 1980s and 1990s, Brown remembered being a part of a select group of managers [...]

2020-03-06T11:07:57-05:00March 6, 2020|Media Management|

MMA Meeting: Marketing in the Intersection of Media and Technology

By: Micaela Wenger The Media Management Association invited Comcast's Javier Garcia to discuss how marketing and branding strategies can enhance, and even reposition, assets in a fast changing technological environment. Garcia, a senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Florida region, has worked for Comcast for the last five years. Before joining the cable company, he took on various positions at Yahoo! for eight years. His presentation was especially timely as multichannel video programming distributors are facing significant decline in pay-TV subscription due to accelerated cord-cutting trends. First, [...]

2020-03-02T14:11:17-05:00March 2, 2020|Media Management|