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 [...]

Film Professor Shares the Inspiration Behind ‘Phantom Lady’

By: Emmalyse Brownstein Christina Lane, chair and associate professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts, has devoted her research in film studies to the subject of women in the film industry. When Christina Lane was a student at Mount Holyoke College in suburban Massachusetts, she knew she was interested in movies. Lane thought that her place was behind the scenes, yet she couldn’t shake that her passion for film was not so much in learning how to operate a Steadicam, but rather in examining its cultural influence and how films [...]

2021-04-29T12:12:48-04:00April 29, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

School of Communication Student Selected For New York Times Student Journalism Institute

By: Bianca De Paz Tre’Vaughn Howard, a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, was selected for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which is being held remotely for Spring 2021. The Student Journalism Institute brings aspiring journalists together from across the world to learn to produce material that meets the standards of the most prominent and demanding news organization in the nation. Howard, a reporter for UMTV and a member of the President’s 100, was thrilled to find out that he was selected to participate in the [...]

Orange Umbrella Hosts Conversations About the Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

By: Jabria Roscoe Orange Umbrella Student Consultancy hosted its first Beyond the Umbrella where guest speaker Ronald Roberts, managing partner at global marketing communications firm, Finn Partners, discussed the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. The event included student hosts Mia Porter and Anika Bhavnani who guided the conversation. Throughout the evening, Roberts emphasized that companies that want to succeed must be diverse. “If you want to be a successful business in 2021, you’ve got to reach out to diverse audiences,” said Roberts. “DEI is not [...]

2021-03-24T14:08:03-04:00March 24, 2021|School of Communication|

UMTV Wins Six BEA Awards

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV is the recipient of six Broadcast Education Association Student Best of Festival Awards. With students and faculty from across the country submitting media projects, this year’s competition featured more than 1,300 entries from over 250 colleges. “I was extremely excited to see that UMTV won six awards,” said UMTV station manager, Gianna Sanchez. “To have six awards at the national level really shows that UMTV is doing amazing things across the board, not just in one specific area.” The BEA awards has eight competition categories that [...]

Orange Umbrella’s New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative Hosts its First Event

University of Miami’s full-service student-run communication consultancy, Orange Umbrella, is kickstarting a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, Beyond the Umbrella. Orange Umbrella will be hosting Ronald Roberts, Managing Partner at global marketing communications firm Finn Partners, for a discussion about DE&I in agency life on Tuesday, March 23 at 5 p.m. “Diversity is a driving force of creativity, growth and excellence. Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to pursue initiatives like diversity, equity, and inclusion so that we can be better professionals, better individuals and better [...]

2021-03-19T15:38:03-04:00March 19, 2021|School of Communication|

UM Students Win National DEA Red Ribbon Week PSA Contest

By: Jabria Roscoe University of Miami students Julie Erhardt and Julia Hecht are the winners of the national 2020 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest. The competition allows universities from across the nation to submit videos that promote the importance of stopping drug and alcohol abuse among college students. Hecht says that winning the competition was a great way to wrap up the semester. “It was really cool. We were home, I was in New York and Julie was in New Jersey. Julie facetimed me [...]

2021-03-17T14:10:49-04:00March 17, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

The Dean’s Student Circle Launches Mentorship Program for New Students

By: Karina Valdes Navigating college can be complex, but the Dean’s Student Circle (DSC) at the School of Communication is working to help students succeed with its new mentorship initiative. The Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program aims to connect students within their first two semesters at the SoC with students who have at least four semesters at the School. “The School of Communication’s Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program seeks to equip students with the guidance and resources they need to maximize their experience at the SoC,” said Luis Herrera, assistant [...]

2021-03-03T13:30:36-05:00March 3, 2021|School of Communication|

University of Miami Advances into Social Justice Debates Finals

On Feb. 19-21, the University of Miami Debate Team competed in the championship tournament of the 2020-2021 Social Justice Debates advancing to the final round. The Social Justice Debates aspire to promote productive and rigorous debates, challenging current and future thought leaders to consider issues of justice in relation to the distribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege in U.S. society. Debating the issue of Defunding Police and Abolishing Policing, UM student debaters Delphine Leoue Ngoko Djomo and Micah Council advanced into the final round of competition, finishing the tournament in [...]

2021-02-22T13:34:19-05:00February 22, 2021|Communication Studies, School of Communication|

Alumnus Tim Sparks writes and directs HBO film “AMARAICA”

By: Bianca De Paz Master of Fine Arts alumnus, a writer and director of the multiple award-winning film, Tim Sparks, recently worked on his latest full feature, “AMARAICA.” The movie, which takes place in Texas, California, and Mexico, will be streaming on HBO in September 2021. At the time, Sparks created this film due to the U.S. government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ child separation policy at Mexico's border. Since he is a father and having dealt with this personally in the past with his own undocumented family members, he felt that this was a story that he really connected to.   “As [...]

2021-02-18T13:10:21-05:00February 16, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|