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I.M. M.F.A. Students Win Data Viz Awards

By: Isabella Vaccaro University of Miami students Alyssa Fowers and Deb Pang are pursuing their M.F.A.s in Interactive Media, but have already begun making their marks in the data visualization world. Both Fowers and Pang were finalists in the Information is Beautiful Awards and won Computation + Journalism awards for some of their projects done here at UM. But, what is data visualization? And how did these award-winning projects even come to be? Alberto Cairo, associate professor of infographics, data visualization, and data journalism in the School of Communication, said [...]

2020-03-30T17:53:36-04:00March 30, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|

UM Professor Wins Sigma Journalism Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Alberto Cairo, a world-renowned data journalist and associate professor, is the co-winner of a Sigma Journalism award for his work on the project Zones of Silence (ZOS). The project is a collaboration between Cairo, El Universal daily newspaper in Mexico, and the Google News Initiative. “It’s great news because the Sigma awards are quite prestigious,” said Cairo. “I feel happy not just for the award, but because the project and the work are being recognized.” The Sigma awards, formally known as the Data Journalism awards, is a [...]

2020-03-09T15:52:10-04:00March 9, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|

Reporters Project Receives New Support to Build Statehouse Coverage System

Multidisciplinary collaboration between California Polytechnic State University and University of Miami will use Knight Foundation support to create AI-driven wire service for statehouse coverage. A $200,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will help Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) develop an artificial intelligence system that will strengthen news coverage of state and local governments, the IATPP announced. Researchers aim to build a prototype news wire service where narrative content covering state legislatures is automatically generated from primary data sources, and can [...]

2020-03-06T11:30:40-05:00March 6, 2020|Journalism|

Interpersonal Skills Matter in the Media Business

By: Media Management Association This summary statement was a fitting conclusion for the presentation of Revolt Media & TV's James Brown to the members of the Media Management Association on Tuesday, March 3. Brown, currently the EVP of Content Distribution at this content creation company, explained his professional journey from Bell Atlantic to ESPN to Revolt and offered advice to students interested in working in the content distribution business. While working at Bell Atlantic in the 1980s and 1990s, Brown remembered being a part of a select group of managers [...]

2020-03-06T11:07:57-05:00March 6, 2020|Media Management|

Strategic Communication Students Recognized with Record-Breaking 35 Miami ADDY awards

By: Sabrina Pizziol University of Miami Strategic Communication students received an impressive 35 awards at this year’s American Advertising Federation of Miami ADDY Awards. This is a record number of Miami ADDYs for the School, with 3 gold and 32 silver awards. “For many years we have been working on building an award-winning advertising program,” said Sarai Nunez, assistant professor of professional practice. “It's amazing to see it all coming to fruition, and each year we keep on breaking our previous winning streak, so now it's time to tackle bigger competitions.” The AAFMiami [...]

2020-03-05T13:35:02-05:00March 5, 2020|Advertising, Public Relations|

Experts Discuss Gender Bias and Ways to Improve Media

By: Karina Valdes Recently, the University of Miami School of Communication presented the first installment of Celebrating Women Who Communicate. The School invited Hilarie Bass, UM Board of Trustees chair and founder and president of the Bass Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, and Congresswoman Donna Shalala, to speak about the problem of gender bias and ways to improve media and journalism. The event featured a screening of a documentary on acclaimed journalist Molly Ivins, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins. In her opening remarks, School of Communication Dean Karin Wilkins, [...]

2020-03-04T14:24:28-05:00March 4, 2020|School of Communication|

Pixar Artist Motivates Students to Move ‘Onward’

By: Ashley Williams A one-hour, behind-the-scenes presentation hosted by the University of Miami School of Communication featured insights into Carlos Felipe Leon’s set design process, followed by a Q&A. Kianna Dorsey wants to pursue a career in film. To make that happen, the Maryland native is majoring in motion pictures at the University of Miami, making sure she’s soaking up all of the knowledge and taking advantage of all the opportunities. When Dorsey, a first-year student, got word that Pixar Animation Studios artist Carlos Felipe Leon would be speaking at [...]

2020-03-03T16:24:31-05:00March 3, 2020|Motion Pictures|

MMA Meeting: Marketing in the Intersection of Media and Technology

By: Micaela Wenger The Media Management Association invited Comcast's Javier Garcia to discuss how marketing and branding strategies can enhance, and even reposition, assets in a fast changing technological environment. Garcia, a senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Florida region, has worked for Comcast for the last five years. Before joining the cable company, he took on various positions at Yahoo! for eight years. His presentation was especially timely as multichannel video programming distributors are facing significant decline in pay-TV subscription due to accelerated cord-cutting trends. First, [...]

2020-03-02T14:11:17-05:00March 2, 2020|Media Management|

UM Filmmakers Screening at Miami Film Festival

By: Jabria Roscoe and Karina Valdes A diverse mix of film industry professionals from around the world are coming to Miami for the 37th annual Miami Film Festival (MFF). Set against an eclectic backdrop of palm trees and street art, MFF is a convergence of established and new talent looking to screen and generate buzz for their work. This year, six films developed by University of Miami faculty, students, and alumni are screening at the festival on March 6-15 at Miami-Dade College. Tom Musca’s comedic film, Chateau Vato, is making [...]

2020-02-28T10:38:04-05:00February 27, 2020|Motion Pictures|

Shading Art Director from Pixar Animation Studios Coming to SoC

Carlos Felipe León, shading art director at Pixar Animation Studios will be at the University of Miami School of Communication on Feb. 27. León will be discussing his work on the animated movie Onward, as well as answering questions from students. “We are so excited to host Mr. Leon for this special Pixar program. There's no substitute for learning first-hand about how a film like Onward was designed and created. I know our students will learn a lot from his work as a visual storyteller and seeing examples from the [...]

2020-02-20T14:53:39-05:00February 21, 2020|Uncategorized|