School of Communication

‘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 [...]

Expanding Her Portfolio

Through an internship with M. Shanken Communications, rising senior Teddy Willson has contributed to both Wine Spectator and V magazines. It took me sitting down to write this to fully realize that I’m already halfway through my summer internships. It’s so hard to believe, it almost doesn’t feel real—like you could pinch me and I’d realize it was all a dream. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so busy. Or maybe it’s because this summer really has felt like a dream come true to this journalist-in-the-making.    In June, I began digital [...]

Paul Nagel, Jr., A.B, ’50

Paul Nagel, Jr., A.B, ’50, a beloved professor emeritus and alumnus passed away on Dec. 26, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margery, A.B. ‘50. He was 92 years old. Paul Nagel, Jr. taught at the University of Miami for almost 50 years as a professor of film, radio, and television. He started teaching at the university in 1950 while he was still in the United States Army Air Forces after World War II.  “He went there [University of Miami] on a veteran’s scholarship, and in his last semester to [...]

Distraction magazine named ‘Magazine of the Year’

The student-run magazine was honored by the annual Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. “Nip and Tuck.” That provocative title coupled with a similarly edgy picture of a woman ready for plastic surgery was one of several covers that helped garner a top award for the University of Miami’s student-led Distraction magazine. The magazine was chosen as “Magazine of the Year” by the 20th Annual Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. The fall, winter, and spring printed issues of Distraction were named “Magazine of the Year” in the overall design category. [...]

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Wilkins appointed University of Miami School of Communication dean

Karin Gwinn Wilkins, a leading scholar on global media who focuses on global communication and political engagement, as well as media and social change, has been named the new dean at the University of Miami School of Communication.  Currently associate dean for faculty advancement and strategic initiatives at the Moody College of Communication and professor of media studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Wilkins has held the John T. Jones Jr. Centennial Professorship in Communication at UT Austin since 2018. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Communication Theory. She [...]