University of Miami Debate Team Wins Second ACC Championship

By Barbara Gutierrez Delphine Djomo and Iman Sami made up the team that defeated Wake Forest University in a virtual debate, bringing the trophy to Coral Gables. Besides winning the top spot as a duo, Djomo and Sami were each recognized as the top two individual debaters of the competition. For more than a year, University of Miami debaters Delphine Djomo and Iman Sami spent hours researching journals, scholarly magazines, and reams of documents to master topics for their upcoming debates. Inside the School of Communication debate room, they often [...]

Duo Places Among Top 10 in Debate Competition

By Barbara Gutierrez Students Iman Sami and Delphine Djomo represented the University of Miami in the Social Justice Debates, held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, that centered on the merits of desegregating schools. At a time in which social justice issues are being discussed in many spheres of our society, two University of Miami students have distinguished themselves by placing in the top 10 on a debate devoted to an applicable topic. Iman Sami and Delphine Djomo, students on the University debate team, represented the University of Miami in the [...]

2022-04-08T11:37:44-04:00April 8, 2022|School of Communication|

Gen Z Students Give Tips on How to Engage Their Peers

By Barbara Gutierrez Members of Orange Umbrella, the student-run communication consultancy at the University of Miami, recently offered their advice to local communication leaders at a major conference on marketing to their counterparts. Do you want to successfully market to Generation Z? Make sure you are transparent in your approach to marketing and sales and make sure that you use short, snappy videos in your advertising. These were some of the tips members of the University of Miami School of Communication’s Orange Umbrella offered participants at the “Borrell Miami 2022 [...]

2022-04-06T11:10:56-04:00April 6, 2022|School of Communication|

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 [...]

‘Black Game Studies’ Examines Contributions of Black Game Makers to the Industry

By Karina Valdes Realizing a need for a reference of African American and African diaspora game makers, Lindsay Grace, associate professor and Knight Chair in Interactive Media, recently released Black Game Studies, an academic and historical book on the contributions of Black game makers to the field of analog and digital games. “There was a shortage of information about people of the African American and African diaspora and the kinds of games they make. What I did at the start of last year was to solicit stories and aggregate all [...]

2022-02-11T14:00:05-05:00February 11, 2022|Interactive Media, School of Communication|

White, Saget Remembered as ‘Two of the Most Loved Entertainment Icons’

By Mitchell Shapiro School of Communication professor Mitchell Shapiro, an expert on the history of television, memorializes Betty White and Bob Saget, two of TV’s iconic stars who passed away within 10 days of each other. On Dec. 31, 2021, Betty White passed away 17 days shy of her 100th birthday. While much of America was still reeling from, and mourning her passing, 10 days later, on Jan. 9, 2022, Bob Saget, one of America’s favorite TV dads, died suddenly at age 65. Both stars were universally loved by audiences. [...]

2022-01-19T10:56:57-05:00January 19, 2022|School of Communication|

Call for Applications: Distinguished Graduate Fellows in Communication for Global Health and Sustainable Development

The School of Communication and Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) are delighted to announce the creation of the Distinguished Graduate Fellows program in Communication for Global Health and/or Sustainable Development. These awards are open to all Ph.D. and M.F.A. students in the School of Communication. Students who have received a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Global Communication may apply for this award, knowing that SoC graduate students may receive a total of two distinguished global fellowships during the course of their studies. Proposals may address any issue in Global Health [...]

2022-02-09T12:27:20-05:00December 13, 2021|School of Communication|

Distinguished Graduate Fellows in Global Communication Announced for Spring 2022

The School of Communication is delighted to announce the Distinguished Graduate Fellows in Global Communication for the 2022 spring semester. The four fellows will receive a supplemental stipend and release time to work on their individual research projects, which were selected to support the School’s emerging global initiatives. The fellows were chosen by a committee of four faculty members from three SoC departments based on the academic merit of their proposed projects, as well as the project’s potential contributions to the School’s global social justice initiatives. Hannah Artman, “Desinformación en Español: [...]

2022-02-09T12:27:17-05:00November 17, 2021|Doctoral, School of Communication|

Renowned Film Critic Takes On New Role as Manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema

By Karina Valdes Award-winning film critic, Rene Rodriguez, is joining the University of Miami School of Communication as manager of the acclaimed Bill Cosford Cinema. Rodriguez comes to UM with more than 25 years of experience as a film critic with the Miami Herald. “Rene's expertise in cinema and familiarity with our local and institutional histories are critical as we re-imagine new directions and leverage the significance of this as a cultural space,” said Dean Karin Wilkins, School of Communication. Rodriguez began his new role at the beginning of November [...]

2021-11-09T16:02:43-05:00November 9, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

UM Professor Accepted into Year-long Public Voices Fellowship

By: Esther Animalu Christina Lane, professor and associate dean of graduate studies at the School of Communication, has been selected to participate in the University of Miami Public Voices Fellow for The OpEd Project. This year-long initiative strives to help shape contemporary conversations on campus. Through a joint effort between the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Public Voice Fellowship will foster a dynamic platform where key leaders can collaborate and engage in diverse discourse. “I'm humbled by [...]

2021-09-16T10:52:58-04:00September 16, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|