School of Communication to Host Panel on Gender Equality and Reproductive Health

To this day, women globally are subjected to forms of control over their bodies and, in particular, their ability to exercise their reproductive rights is still constrained. Amid a rise of challenges to the advancement of women’s rights, including the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States, sexual and reproductive health rights are at the forefront of conversations about the advancement of gender equality. To address these issues, the University of Miami School of Communication is hosting a panel titled “How Women and Health NGOs Use Communications [...]

2023-03-10T09:38:59-05:00March 9, 2023|School of Communication|

Renowned Journalist Supports Students Through Endowed Scholarship

By Jenny Hudak Jorge Ramos, an internationally acclaimed journalist and alumnus of the University of Miami, has created an endowed scholarship to support students in the School of Communication. On Jan. 2, 1983, Jorge Ramos landed in Los Angeles with nothing but a guitar, a bag, and a passion for storytelling. Ramos, a renowned Mexican American journalist and anchor for the Univision Network, developed a passion for journalism at a young age. “I always wanted to be where history was being made. I wanted to talk to the people making [...]

2023-03-09T11:47:58-05:00March 9, 2023|Journalism|

Motion Pictures Student Shares Experiences from SBIFF

By Jules Crosby Thirty undergraduate students from across the country recently spent an extended weekend in California participating in this year’s highly selective Santa Barbara International Film Festival Film Studies Program. Jules Crosby, a motion pictures major in the screenwriting track, was chosen for this experience where he was granted access to the festival’s screenings, panels, seminars, and other experiential events that provided learning and networking opportunities outside of the classroom. The University of Miami School of Communication provided funding in support of Crosby’s representation of the school in the [...]

2023-03-08T17:18:52-05:00March 8, 2023|Motion Pictures|

Is Generation Z Addicted to the Phone?

By Jenny Hudak and Victoria Leal Studies show that those born in the late 1990s or later and who grew up with the use of digital technology, mainly Generation Z, are spending time online at unprecedented rates. Read about the pros and cons of increased social media use. Now, more than ever, Generation Zers are spending time online. According to the Pew Research Center, 97 percent of teenagers use at least one major online platform, like Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. And, whether a person spends five minutes—or hours—online, social media [...]

2023-03-01T11:47:35-05:00March 1, 2023|Advertising, Public Relations|

New U-LINK Projects Aim to Improve Health Care, Find Novel Uses for Fish Waste

By Janette Neuwahl Tannen University of Miami faculty members on four newly funded U-LINK projects hope to provide effective solutions to challenging societal problems. Learning to use fish waste to create more eco-friendly concrete. Creating a better model for former inmates with health conditions to reenter society without having to worry about finding a new doctor. These are just two of the ideas that four new teams of researchers from subject areas across the University of Miami will investigate for a year through the University Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge (U-LINK) program. Started [...]

2023-03-01T11:49:10-05:00February 28, 2023|Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Media Management|

Violence Against Journalists Strikes Florida

By Megan Ondrizek and Jenny Hudak Faculty members at the School of Communication discuss threats journalists face in the field after a television reporter with Spectrum News 13 in Orlando was killed while on assignment Wednesday afternoon. Sallie Hughes has been studying violence against journalists, especially in Mexico, since the early 2000s. “During that time, types of violence against journalists became more diverse and widespread,” said Hughes, professor and associate dean at the University of Miami School of Communication. The violence hit much closer to home on Wednesday. Dylan Lyons, [...]

The 40th Annual Miami Film Festival Glitters with Support from the School of Communication

By Karina Valdes The 40th annual Miami Film Festival (MFF) is rolling out the red carpet from March 3-12, showcasing films created by a diverse set of filmmakers from across the world. The festival unites Miami’s local filmmakers and cinema-loving residents with world-wide industry professionals and films from a variety of genres in theaters and events throughout the city. The University of Miami School of Communication is set to host screenings and is sponsoring the University of Miami Documentary Achievement Award. Professor Tom Musca’s latest film, “Dying to Direct,” is [...]

2023-02-23T15:38:17-05:00February 23, 2023|Motion Pictures|

Can You Spot a Deepfake?

By Barbara Gutierrez University of Miami researchers familiar with artificial intelligence technology offer their opinions about a phenomenon—the posting of images or videos that have been manipulated—that is becoming more prevalent online. If you surf the internet—and who doesn’t—you have seen a video that has caught your attention. Tom Cruise performing magic tricks and eating a lollipop. Former President Barack Obama spouting offensive words. Kim Kardashian rapping. These videos were not real. They were deepfakes. A deepfake is an image or video of someone’s likeness that looks realistic; when in [...]

2023-02-09T14:57:14-05:00February 9, 2023|Interactive Media|

MMA Meeting: The Evolution of Social Media Marketing

By Rachel Schlow For its first in-person meeting in three years, the Media Management Association (MMA) welcomed Anthony Santana, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Hardcore Advertising, to discuss the evolution of social media marketing in the United States. Hardcore Advertising is a local full-service advertising agency that offers numerous services ranging from social media strategy to website creation. Born and raised in Miami, Santana has more than 15 years of experience in both media and marketing industries. He earned his M.B.A. degree in International Business from Florida International University. [...]

2023-02-08T11:24:18-05:00February 8, 2023|Media Management|

Instructor Uses Video Games to Promote Social Change

By Barbara Gutierrez School of Communication associate professor Lindsay Grace creates video games that will challenge people’s perceptions and biases, one player at a time. Students enrolled in School of Communication associate professor Lindsay Grace’s classes spend a great deal of time playing video games. Also the Knight Chair in Interactive Media, Grace is a kind of celebrity in the video game world. He creates games to promote social change, and that is what he teaches in his classes. Through his work, both at the University of Miami and outside [...]

2023-02-07T12:08:53-05:00February 2, 2023|Interactive Media|