UM Professor Accepted into Year-long Public Voices Fellowship

By: Esther Animalu Christina Lane, professor and associate dean of graduate studies at the School of Communication, has been selected to participate in the University of Miami Public Voices Fellow for The OpEd Project. This year-long initiative strives to help shape contemporary conversations on campus. Through a joint effort between the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Public Voice Fellowship will foster a dynamic platform where key leaders can collaborate and engage in diverse discourse. “I'm humbled by [...]

2021-09-16T10:52:58-04:00September 16, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Resurrected ‘Ebony’ Magazine Reaches for its Niche

By: Barbara Gutierrez Can the magazine that once highlighted Black success attract readers today? Members of the University community weigh in on the periodical’s past and its return to publication. For more than seven decades, Ebony magazine and its sister publication, Jet, were the chroniclers of Black life in the United States. Entertainers, athletes, politicians, civil rights activists, and prominent businesspeople graced its glossy covers. The magazine ceased its print edition in 2019 when it fell into bankruptcy. Earlier this year, an online version of the magazine was revived thanks to millionaire and [...]

2021-09-15T11:58:48-04:00September 15, 2021|School of Communication|

SoC Launches Graduate Certificate in Media Management

In September 2021, the School of Communication launched its first graduate certificate and began to welcome applications for the 2022 spring semester. The Graduate Certificate in Media Management (GCMM) will allow professionals to supplement their education with specialized media courses and to enhance their skills. Professor Sam Terilli, Chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management, noted that "in a short period of time, the certificate can provide students with essential knowledge and the ability to analyze key issues affecting the media." This 12-credit non-degree certificate can be completed [...]

2021-09-10T09:37:26-04:00September 9, 2021|School of Communication|

Peafowl Proliferation in the Grove: Is it Paradise or a Problem?

By: Barbara Gutierrez A film by University of Miami faculty members documents the controversy and the efforts of the City of Miami to curtail the problem of a growing pheasant population in Coconut Grove. Some call it the "peafowl predicament." It is the increasing presence of peafowls, or wandering peacocks and peahens, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. For years, the colorful birds have strutted the streets of the neighborhood as if they owned them. No one knows how they arrived there, since they are not indigenous to the area. Some [...]

2021-09-07T13:01:57-04:00September 7, 2021|Broadcast Journalism, School of Communication|

Veterans Reflect on the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

By: Jenny Hudak In the wake of the United States’ final departure from Afghanistan after two decades of war, Jack Miller—a faculty member in the School of Communication, Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan, and advisor to the Veteran Students Organization (VSO)—reflects on the crisis. Zachary Danney, president of the VSO, says that watching events unfold has been very difficult for veteran students. As Jack Miller watched the rapid collapse of Afghanistan unfold recently—including the striking video of Afghans clasping onto a departing American military transport jet—his phone began [...]

2021-09-07T12:34:52-04:00September 7, 2021|School of Communication|

‘Jeopardy!’ Continues its Long Run with Two New Hosts

By: Mitchell Shapiro What game show has finally chosen permanent hosts? Mitchell Shapiro, professor in the School of Communication, reflects on the success of “Jeopardy!” and the selection of the new emcees. Editor's Note: The new "Jeopardy!" host Mike Richards stepped down after offensive and sexist remarks he made in a podcast resurfaced, The New York Times reported Aug. 20. After nine months, on Aug. 11, the long wait was finally over. What most experts consider to be the smartest game show in the history of television, “Jeopardy!”, finally has its new permanent [...]

2021-08-20T11:48:21-04:00August 20, 2021|Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Media Management|

Motion Pictures Student’s Pivot From Engineering to Pursue Cinematography

By: Bianca De Paz Motion Pictures rising senior Cameron Tavakoly enters his senior year feeling thrilled for what’s in store as he embarks on his journey as a startup freelance cinematographer.    From the moment he began his freshman year, Tavakoly has been a part of an organization known as Delta Kappa Alpha, a co-educational, Professional Fraternity for Cinematic Arts students. He later became Production Chair his sophomore year.   Originally, he chose to study engineering because it played a role throughout his high school years. However, he was also interested in film and wanted to find [...]

2021-08-11T12:02:13-04:00August 11, 2021|Motion Pictures|

Two Studies Examine How Latin American Journalists Cope With Stress

By: Barbara Gutierrez University collaborations, one in Mexico and the other in Brazil, show that many reporters turn to colleagues and their desire to provide public service to bolster emotional strength when facing threat and harassment. Violence is on the uptick against journalists in Latin America and around the world, as is risk to their emotional well-being during coverage of traumatic events, but little is known about how journalists are coping. Two new University of Miami studies, in collaboration with academic partners in Mexico and Brazil, revealed that journalists respond [...]

2021-07-26T12:32:15-04:00July 26, 2021|Journalism|

Journalists Bring Expertise, Heart to Surfside Coverage

By: Barbara Gutierrez Faculty members and a graduate student in the School of Communication—veteran newspeople—share how they cope with covering large scale catastrophes, including the condo building collapse. The Surfside building collapse of the Champlain Towers South is a tragedy that has captured news headlines nationally and internationally, as search teams continue to comb the rubble for signs of life or extract remains. As of Wednesday morning, 16 have been confirmed dead, with 147 people still unaccounted for since the collapse, according to the Miami Herald. Hundreds of news reporters, [...]

2021-07-01T15:10:54-04:00July 1, 2021|Journalism|

Editor in Chief of Distraction Magazine Leaves a Lasting Footprint

By: Bianca De Paz Olivia Ginsberg, an Advertising senior and Editor in Chief of Distraction Magazine, was recently awarded an advertising excellence award and nominated for an advertising leadership award. Each year, the Department of Strategic Communication hosts the PRADDY awards to recognize the most deserving and talented students as voted by the department's faculty. After receiving her award, she reflects on her incredible four years at the University of Miami’s School of Communication and how it has shaped her into the individual she is today. “It is so crazy [...]