Russia ‘Using Lies and Propaganda as its Main Weapons’

By Barbara Gutierrez All independent media and social media platforms have been banned from Russia to keep residents tuned in solely to state-owned and controlled news outlets. While Russia continued bombing different sites in Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed a large crowd at a pro-war concert in Moscow recently and told the participants that the military actions were necessary to prevent a genocide against Russian citizens. The event shows that the Russian propaganda machine is hard at work. The country is leading a campaign of disinformation and repression, according [...]

2022-03-28T12:37:51-04:00March 28, 2022|Journalism, Public Relations|

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 [...]

Facebook Faces Challenges in Developing Instagram Kids

By Barbara Gutierrez Regina Ahn, an assistant professor who studies media literacy and education, parental mediation, and social media, notes that creating a social media site specifically for children is a tough task. Facebook recently announced that it will pause its development of Instagram Kids after heated criticism by parents and children advocates who claim that such a platform could be dangerous to kids’ mental health. The announcement comes amid media reports that Facebook knew from its own research that social media platforms such as Instagram—the photo and video sharing [...]

2021-10-08T11:44:02-04:00October 8, 2021|Advertising, Public Relations|

Editor in Chief of Distraction Magazine Leaves a Lasting Footprint

By: Bianca De Paz Olivia Ginsberg, an Advertising senior and Editor in Chief of Distraction Magazine, was recently awarded an advertising excellence award and nominated for an advertising leadership award. Each year, the Department of Strategic Communication hosts the PRADDY awards to recognize the most deserving and talented students as voted by the department's faculty. After receiving her award, she reflects on her incredible four years at the University of Miami’s School of Communication and how it has shaped her into the individual she is today. “It is so crazy [...]

2021-05-25T09:04:06-04:00May 25, 2021|Public Relations, School of Communication|

Two Students Awarded Public Relations Scholarships

By: Ashley A. Williams Tayana Dix and Camille Devincenti, from the University of Miami, were among South Florida university students honored at the recent Public Relations Society of America Miami chapter’s 2020 awards ceremony, hosted by Local 10 news anchor Louis Aguirre. The Miami chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) presented Tayana Dix and Camille Devincenti, two University of Miami students, with scholarships at their 33rd Annual Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Endowment Fund awards. Dix and Devincenti, both School of Communication students, were presented with the scholarships on [...]

2020-10-06T13:48:06-04:00October 6, 2020|Public Relations|

PRADDYs Awarded to the Top Advertising and Public Relations Students

By: Karina Valdes Annually, the Department of Strategic Communication hosts the PRADDYs to celebrate its most deserving and talented students as voted by the faculty of the department. Although this semester came with extraordinary challenges, advertising and public relations students continued to work with faculty to develop projects, presentations, portfolios, and communication pieces deserving of recognition. “I think it's always important to celebrate our students' hard work, dedication, and drive, but it's particularly important to do so during this unprecedented time,” said Alyse Lancaster, chair of the Department of Strategic [...]

2020-05-14T13:47:02-04:00May 14, 2020|Advertising, Public Relations|

Celebrating the 2019-2020 Recipients of the University of Miami School of Communication End-of-Year Awards

As the unprecedented 2019-2020 academic year comes to a close, the School of Communication would like to congratulate its Outstanding Overall Senior, Ben Ezzy, Outstanding Student Worker, Alexandra Naessan-Do, Outstanding Staff Member, Michael Lester, and Staub Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Teaching recipient, Heidi Carr. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments by watching the video above, or by clicking here, for a message from Dean Karin Wilkins. Outstanding Senior, Ben Ezzy Ben Ezzy, majoring in broadcast journalism, received this school-wide recognition for his dedication to the University of Miami, [...]

Strategic Communication Students Recognized with Record-Breaking 35 Miami ADDY awards

By: Sabrina Pizziol University of Miami Strategic Communication students received an impressive 35 awards at this year’s American Advertising Federation of Miami ADDY Awards. This is a record number of Miami ADDYs for the School, with 3 gold and 32 silver awards. “For many years we have been working on building an award-winning advertising program,” said Sarai Nunez, assistant professor of professional practice. “It's amazing to see it all coming to fruition, and each year we keep on breaking our previous winning streak, so now it's time to tackle bigger competitions.” The AAFMiami [...]

2020-03-05T13:35:02-05:00March 5, 2020|Advertising, Public Relations|

Miami HEAT VP of Business Communications + Social Responsibility Speaks with Students

You may have thought field trips pretty much stopped after middle school. But every week, students taking Professor Heidi Carr’s STC 493 Women in PR class are out and about getting to know Miami. Recently, the group of avid public relations students had the chance to take a private tour of the American Airlines Arena, where they stood on the Miami HEAT court and sat in the locker rooms to hear a special presentation. “Getting to stand where legendary athletes have played on was an incredible experience,” said Dana Franco, [...]

2020-01-10T18:15:50-05:00December 6, 2019|Public Relations|

A UM Alumna, Self-Made Entrepreneur, and Multi-Organ Transplant Survivor

Every so often, we hear an inspiring story of hope and survival that reminds us to put things into perspective. In May 2015, Diana Donnarumma graduated from the University of Miami and had begun working at a PR firm in downtown Miami where she was living full-time. A successful student and working professional, she did not expect she would also be a multi-organ transplant survivor.  Since she was seven years old, Donnarumma had been in and out of hospitals with constant infections, fevers, and no concrete diagnosis. Determined to put [...]