School of Communication

UM Professor Awarded Fellowship, Plans Special Art Project

By: Jabria Roscoe Ali Habashi, award winning documentary filmmaker and assistant professor of professional practice for the Department of Cinematic Arts, is a recipient of the University of Miami Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities for 2020. This highly selective award strives to support and fund the startup of new artistic projects, advance already existing ones, and enhance University of Miami’s reputation for scholarly and creative excellence. This fiscal year, 12 Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities were awarded. “I’m humbled to be trusted by the selection committee to carry [...]

2020-10-21T13:40:15-04:00October 21, 2020|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Opinion: Vice-Presidential Debate Expected to Draw a Big Audience

By: David L. Steinberg and Patrick E. Waldinger The University of Miami debate team coaches note that the age of the presidential candidates, President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, and the uncertainty of 2020 are elevating the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. In the wake of last week’s “Presidential Debate Debacle” and the shocking news that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, Wednesday night’s event may be a rare vice-presidential debate that gets a substantial audience. With the real possibility the last two presidential debates will be [...]

Lecture Explores the Media’s Role in an Election Year

By: News@TheU Prominent alumni in the media will offer insights into their work during the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series’ virtual talk on Thursday, Oct. 8. The media has a profound effect on public opinion in an election year. They also have a great responsibility. Whether reporting on candidates and campaigns, providing a platform for debate and discussion, or educating voters, the media is a critical player during an election year. The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series will bring together notable University of Miami alumni on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. [...]

2020-10-06T13:42:44-04:00October 6, 2020|School of Communication|

Opinion: Presidential Debate was ‘Incoherent

By: Zachary M. Homeijer The president of the University of Miami Debate Team provides his analysis of the first presidential debate between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joseph Biden. What the presidential debate lacked—civility and productive discussion—the University of Miami Debate Team was able to accomplish easily during a virtual watch party of Tuesday night's debate. Our team had the opportunity to partner with the Commission on Presidential Debates to offer a pre-debate show featuring a question-and-answer session with professors David Steinberg and Patrick Waldinger, directors of the team, and [...]

’Canes Gear Up for Second Annual #OneDayOneU Giving Day

The goal: engage 2,020 donors in 24 hours and unlock additional funds to support the University of Miami. Ready, set, go! On Thursday, October 1, the University of Miami will celebrate its second annual #OneDayOneU Giving Day as students, alumni, parents, friends, and Hurricane fans come together to support University of Miami students, programs, research, and so much more. The goal: secure donations from 2,020 donors within 24 hours and by doing so, it will unlock $325,000 in challenge gifts. A second pool of matching gifts totaling $263,700 is available [...]

2020-09-29T17:43:41-04:00September 29, 2020|School of Communication|

What Will it Take for Biden to Win the Upcoming Debate?

By: David L. Steinberg The first presidential debate between President Donald J. Trump and former vice president and democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden will be held at 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The University of Miami’s director of debate offers his insights. For former vice president Joseph Biden to win the first presidential debate, he must reassure prospective voters that he has the vitality and acuity necessary to serve as commander in chief; he would be a safe pick (i.e., he is not [...]

2020-09-29T12:36:54-04:00September 29, 2020|Communication Studies, School of Communication|

What Will it Take for Trump to Win the Upcoming Debate?

By: Patrick E. Waldinger The first presidential debate between President Donald J. Trump and former vice president and democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden will be held at 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The University of Miami’s assistant director of debate offers his insights. Incumbents beware! Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all lost the first debate during their re-election year. Whether it is hubris from having won before, the lack of time to prepare, or being surrounded by “yes [...]

2020-09-29T12:36:35-04:00September 29, 2020|Communication Studies, School of Communication|

School of Communication Offers New Combined Degree with UM Law School

By: Jabria Roscoe Starting this fall semester, the School of Communication is partnering with the University of Miami School of Law to offer graduate students a combined Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Media Management. This joint degree is the second dual program between the School of Communication and the School of Law, after the implementation of the J.D./M.A. in Communication in 2011. Each combined program will save students a total of 12 credits. “We are thrilled to be offering this new J.D./M.S. joint degree program, along [...]

2020-08-28T16:00:55-04:00August 27, 2020|Media Management, School of Communication|

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 [...]

Students Thrive During Hurricane Debate Institute’s Virtual Summer Camp

By: Karina Valdes As summer camps all over the country were closing due to COVID-19, professors at the University of Miami School of Communication worked quickly to move the annual Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI) to an online format. This summer camp offers instruction in public speaking, argumentation, and debate to students in grades 6 through 12 and is normally held in-person at UM’s Coral Gables campus. “The transition from in-person to online has gone very well,” said Patrick Waldinger, co-director of the Hurricane Debate Institute. “The nature of debate and public [...]