School of Communication

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 [...]

Distraction Earns Numerous Awards from CSPA and SPJ

The staffs of Distraction Magazine and Distraction online are continuing their decade-long history of receiving national and state recognition for their work by winning numerous awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and at the Sunshine State Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). “Distraction Magazine continues to attract staffers that showcase their talent in the printed edition, as well as the online and digital updates of the magazine. The staffs work hard to produce a features publication for the students of the University of Miami,” said Randy [...]

2019-12-17T19:18:22-05:00November 21, 2019|School of Communication|

Policy Debate Duo Competes in Detroit

Over the weekend of Oct. 25, 2019, the University of Miami policy debate team of Zachary Homeijer and Julia Lynch competed in the Varsity division of the Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational in Detroit, Michigan. During the competitive two days of debates, Miami defeated teams from Emory University, University of Indiana, and University of Iowa. Homeijer and Lynch ultimately ended as the 11th seeded team, just one spot short of qualifying for the elimination rounds. The policy team looks forward to traveling to George Mason University as they continue debating the [...]

Advance Screening of ‘WAVES’ Followed by Q&A with Director

The University of Miami community is invited to an advance screening of WAVES at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Nov. 20 from 1:25-4 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Trey Edward Shults. WAVES is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff of the University of [...]

‘Off the Wire,’ UMTV’s Sketch Comedy Show

When asked what the goal of Off the Wire is, a resounding response from the three executive producers, junior Jeremy Erdheim, seniors Danny LaRose and Alberto Lopez, as well as head writer, sophomore Peter Gurl, almost knocks me off my chair: “to make people laugh!”  “Hopefully!” Erdheim adds, laughing. “Easiest question I’ve ever been asked,” somebody says in the midst of the uproar. You can tell these four are passionate, to say the least, about this show, which airs bi-weekly in front of a live audience and features a slew [...]

Remembering Moses Shumow

Moses Shumow, Ph.D. ’10, a beloved University of Miami School of Communication alumnus tragically passed away on the morning of Oct. 22. He was riding his bicycle near Boston when he was struck by an MBTA Commuter Rail train. Shumow was living in Massachusetts, where he recently began working as an associate professor for journalism at Emerson College. He is survived by his wife, Rose, B.S.C. ‘98, and their three children. “Our hearts go out to his wife Rose, also a graduate of our program, his family, and his friends,” [...]

Intercollegiate Debate: We’re Back and Ready to Rock

After a summer’s worth of downtime, the University of Miami Intercollegiate Debate team is back and better than ever – ready to get their heads back in the game and take the college debate world by storm. Consisting of three teams, more than 60 students and two staff members, our debate team has plans to go not only around the country, but around the world to show their talents for persuasion, critical thinking, and making sure that The U is represented to the best of their ability.   Julia Lynch, the [...]

Students Meet and Greet Dean Wilkins

Studio A was filled with students eager to meet the new dean of the School of Communication, Karin Gwinn Wilkins, during the Student Meet and Greet on Sept. 19. “Congratulations, you have picked the right School and you have absolutely picked the right major. There is nothing more relevant right now than communication,” said Wilkins. Dean Wilkins hosted the forum to meet with students and to hear about their experiences at the School. “I want communication to matter and I want what we do here to have significance. Help me [...]

Petty Offenses Communication Workshop at SoC

University of Miami School of Communication faculty are collaborating with the School of Law and the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) in hosting a communication workshop ahead of the HRC's Petty Offenses Symposium, which will take place on September 20-21. Petty offenses are laws written with the intention of bringing order to communities, and include minor crimes such as jaywalking and loitering. Unfortunately, charges for these minor offenses are disproportionally used to persecute the poor, people of color, and other marginalized groups worldwide.   The Petty Offenses Symposium brings together an international delegation of more than [...]

A Firsthand Lesson in Parliamentary Politics

Students in the School of Communication’s London program learned how the United Kingdom is navigating Brexit as they visited news, public relations and advertising companies in July. Walking past Parliament, Nicolas Sampedro and other University of Miami students saw a man in a clown suit wearing a mask of Boris Johnson, who was just days away from becoming the next British prime minister. Tall, thin banners flapped in the breeze. “Britain Has Changed Its Mind,” read one. “Stop Brexit,” said another. A man in a lawn chair held a sign [...]