As South Floridians, we boast beautiful beaches and tropical temperatures, but often fail to acknowledge the sweeping beauty of the Florida Everglades. As the earth undergoes accelerated change, understanding the landscape’s function in human and ecologic survival is essential.
Fall 2017 Visiting Knight Chair, Lindsay Grace, concluded his residency at the University of Miami School of Communication with the Game Design Thinking and the Newsroom Interactive Workshop at American University in Washington D.C. The event was attended by members of the winning team from UM’s Newsjam, which consisted of Nicole Barba, Chabeli Castillo, Carlos Gonzalez, and Stephano Cardona.
Communication plays a significant role in the framing of environmental problems as well as in the articulation of solutions. What kinds of strategies and platforms are artists and documentary makers using to communicate thorny environmental concerns that are often out of sight and out of mind? What kinds of stories, visualizations and outreach initiatives encourage viewers to get involved?
A total of eight faculty members spread across six departments were awarded 4C Pilot Grants by the University of Miami School of Communication Center for Communication, Culture, and Change. These grants are awarded three times per year to fund interdisciplinary projects that align with the mission of the center and are designed to provide data to compete for external funding from private, foundation, and government sources.
A total of five faculty members spread across three departments were recently announced as the 2017 – 2018 recipients of the Creative Activity and Research Grants. The funding supports work that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that support the enhanced reputation of the School of Communication.
As a journalist, how do you engage readers and motivate them to become active in addressing the issues facing their community? Lindsay D. Grace, University of Miami School of Communication’s Visiting Knight Chair for fall 2017, is bringing rapid game development to the university to help journalists, designers, and developers understand how to integrate game design as an engagement strategy.
School of Communication faculty Jan Boehmer and Maria Scott are the most recent recipients of a Center for Communication, Culture and Change research award. The two faculty members from the Department of Journalism and Media Management and the Department of Strategic Communication, respectively, will collaborate to identify the processes that influence young people to make healthy behavior choices.
Data analyst and visualization design specialist Lynn Cherny will be the next Visiting Knight Chair for the Center for Communication, Culture and Change. Beginning in August, Cherny will teach data visualization and data analysis and will help support Knight Chair in Visual Journalism Alberto Cairo launch the Data Visualization and Journalism track in the School of Communication's Interactive Media department.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) have partnered with One Water to develop a film on water and sustainable development. As UN's Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says, "Water is a precondition for human existence." This documentary is a collaboration with Professors Sanjeev Chatterjee, Ed Talavera and Ali Habashi from the School of Communication's Cinema and Interactive Media Department.
Professor Lien Tran makes games for social change, a fun and interactive way to raise awareness for global issues. On March 24, Tran invited students and professors to play a game called “Cops and Rubbers,” which teaches about condoms being used as contraband in countries like South Africa, Russia, and the U.S.
Director of Protection and Special Services for the Colombian National Police, Brigadier General William Salamanca, spoke at the University of Miami School of Communication’s Shoma Hall on April 2. His presentation “Prevention, Intervention, and Action: The Colombian National Police and the Security of Children” discussed Colombia’s efforts to stop and prevent abuse of its children.
Brigadier General William Salamanca, Director of Protection and Special Services (DIPRO) for the Colombian National Police (CNP), will visit the University of Miami School of Communication’s Shoma Hall on April 2 at 1 p.m. to present on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).
School of Communication professors Soyoon Kim and Clay Ewing are recipients of the Center for Communication, Culture and Change's 2015 Research Award. Their project, which will focus on using an innovative digital game to reduce the use of indoor tanning among young adults, will assess the game's effectiveness on psychological and behavioral determinants of indoor tanning behavior.
Research Award recipients Professors Cong Li and Nick Carcioppolo will soon begin work on their Center for Communication, Culture and Change project "Do Our Friends Make Us Feel Worse?
Flourish Klink is a writer, producer and self-proclaimed fangirl who is now working as a transmedia producer and writer for the Hulu original series “East Los High.” On Thursday, she spoke with students at the School of Communication about her work in the transmedia field, which she described as storytelling “across multiple delivery channels” where, ideally, “each medium makes its own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story.”
Professor Lien Tran represented UM and the School of Communication in Barbados to organize a workshop exploring communication of climate risk using game systems.