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: [...]

2021-11-17T17:49:38-05:00November 17, 2021|Doctoral, School of Communication|

Alumna Shares Career Journey in Programmatic Advertising

By Jalyn Hamilton At the October meeting of the Media Management Association, Rachel Blank, a UM media management alumna from Long Island, New York, and presently a senior programmatic account manager with ShareThis, shared her insights, knowledge, and advice about her journey through the media industry and how she got to where she is now. In 2014, Blank graduated from the University of Miami where she used her network and experience through internships to secure her first job as an assistant media buyer at Horizon Media. There, she helped strategize [...]

2021-11-15T17:20:52-05:00November 15, 2021|Media Management|

Hurricane Debaters Continue Winning Ways

By David Steinberg & Patrick Waldinger On November 5-8, the University of Miami Debate Team traveled to The University of Vermont in Burlington to compete in the Fall Championship of the Social Justice Debates. This was the first face to face competition for the UM Team since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel in March of 2020. The team of Delphine Leoue Ngoko Djomo and Iman Sami won three of their four preliminary debates on the topic, “The adoption of a mandatory racial desegregation policy for K-12 public schools is [...]

2021-11-12T11:04:35-05:00November 12, 2021|Communication Studies|

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 Debate Team Wins Two Championships

On the weekend of October 22-24, the University of Miami Debate team competed in and won two online debate tournaments. The UM Debate Intercollegiate Debate Program, unlike most college debate programs, competes in multiple debate formats. U Debate is a broad-based program open to all undergraduate students, offering a variety of debate styles and welcoming student debaters of all experience levels. Competing in the policy tournament hosted by Wayne State University, UM debaters Mollie Blank and Leah Castaneda won the event’s Novice Championship by winning the judges’ decisions in all [...]

2021-11-09T13:29:37-05:00November 9, 2021|Communication Studies|

UM Debaters Advance to Semifinal Round at the Social Justice Debates Fall Opener

On Oct. 21, University of Miami debaters Delphine Djomo and Iman Sami advanced into the semifinal debates at the Social Justice Debates Fall Opener, hosted online by The George Washington University. The two debaters qualified for the semifinals in impressive fashion, winning all four of their preliminary debates against outstanding competition including The University of Vermont, Morehouse College, Howard University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and The George Washington University, among others. In semifinals, the debating duo lost the decision to the eventual tournament champions from Cal Poly, San Luis [...]

2021-11-02T14:14:58-04:00November 2, 2021|Communication Studies|

New Faculty Feature: Dr. Kallia O. Wright

By Bianca De Paz Originally from Jamaica, Dr. Kallia O. Wright recently joined the School of Communication faculty as an assistant professor and qualitative researcher specializing in intercultural health communication. More specifically, she studies communication about women’s reproductive health. Before finding her research interest, she completed her master’s and doctoral studies at Ohio University. Today, her research focuses on Black maternal health experiences and communicative experiences regarding endometriosis. Dr. Wright says she is thrilled to be a part of the School of Communication and is teaching two courses – Communication Theory (COS [...]

2021-10-26T10:03:46-04:00October 26, 2021|Communication Studies|

‘Journalism Peace Prize’ Highlights the Risks, Roles of Journalists

By Sallie Hughes School of Communication professor Sallie Hughes stresses the importance of journalism as an institution following The Nobel Peace Prize announcement, which recognized the professional and personal sacrifices of journalists Dmitry Muratov of Russia and Maria Ressa of the Philippines. Earlier this month journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Both lead news organizations known for producing investigative exposés on government abuses of power at great risk. Muratov has lost six of his colleagues to murder or suspicious [...]

2021-10-20T13:24:02-04:00October 20, 2021|Journalism|

SyFy Founder Shares Entrepreneurial Insights with MMA Members

By Micaela Wenger In October, Laurie Silvers, who earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees at the University of Miami, shared her expertise about her career as a serial media entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Florida. As a UM student, she had big dreams and always knew she wanted to achieve great things. Every time she was told “you won’t,” she responded with a positive “I will.” In 1989, Silvers and her husband created Syfy (originally called the Sci-Fi Channel) before selling it four years later to USA Network, which was owned [...]

2021-10-18T10:58:48-04:00October 18, 2021|Media Management|

Facebook Faces Challenges in Developing Instagram Kids

By Barbara Gutierrez Regina Ahn, an assistant professor who studies media literacy and education, parental mediation, and social media, notes that creating a social media site specifically for children is a tough task. Facebook recently announced that it will pause its development of Instagram Kids after heated criticism by parents and children advocates who claim that such a platform could be dangerous to kids’ mental health. The announcement comes amid media reports that Facebook knew from its own research that social media platforms such as Instagram—the photo and video sharing [...]

2021-10-08T11:44:02-04:00October 8, 2021|Advertising, Public Relations|