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Are Automated Software Applications Efficient or Malicious Malware?

Two technology experts with the University of Miami explain the origins of “bots” and their role on the internet today. By: Janette Neuwahl Tannen Bots. They’ve been blamed for influencing public opinion during recent elections or simply annoying users who are scrolling through their chosen social media feed. So, what are they? University of Miami computer scientist Ching-Hua Chuan, a research associate professor in the School of Communication’s Interactive Media Department, said bots are simply software programs designed to complete a specific task. Some of the first bots were web [...]

2020-07-06T15:21:09-04:00July 6, 2020|Interactive Media|

Virtual Summer Internships Offer Valuable Experiences

By: Ashley A. Williams Esther Animalu is learning the skills of her field during her remote student internship with the cable television station MSNBC. Since March, college students across the country have had to adjust to the interruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for students participating in internships this summer. Esther Animalu, a rising junior in the University of Miami School of Communication, hasn’t let the novel coronavirus quash her summer goal of interning for a media company. “I applied all over, and I hoped [...]

2020-06-30T14:20:26-04:00June 30, 2020|Broadcast Journalism|

Opinion: What are the expectations for the nation’s public global media channels?

By: Karin Wilkins Recent appointments and terminations at the U.S. Agency for Global Media raise serious questions about the nation's strategic global communication. Whatever credibility the United States may have had as a global leader is lost when key institutions become more explicitly partisan. Current U.S. plans to envelope the Voice of America (VOA) into a more right-wing broadcasting system raise concerns, recently described in articles published in The Washington Post and The Atlantic. Now led by conservative and controversial filmmaker Michael Pack, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is changing guard within [...]

2020-06-25T15:51:27-04:00June 25, 2020|School of Communication|

Knight Chairs Pen Open Letter Regarding Arrests & Violence Directed at Journalists During Protests Demanding Racial Justice

Twenty-three Knight Chairs from across the country, including two from the University of Miami School of Communication, penned an open letter bringing attention to violence directed at journalists covering the protests against police brutality. Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, and Lindsay Grace, Knight Chair in Interactive Media, both signed the letter condemning the attacks on members of the press. Below is the letter in its entirety. AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING ARRESTS AND VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT JOURNALISTS DURING PROTESTS DEMANDING RACIAL JUSTICE In recent weeks, the latest killings of [...]

School of Communication Statement on Racial Injustice

Our School of Communication at the University of Miami values this opportunity to contribute our institutional voice to those of the stalwart millions decrying racial injustice, police brutality, and anti-Black racism in our country. We stand firmly against all forms of discrimination and oppression, across multiple identities, and steadfastly in support of policies, such as the recent Supreme Court decision on behalf of LGBTQ rights. Our School colleagues have contributed to this statement articulating our concern with serious inequities and our sincere intention to foster a more just society. Our [...]

2020-06-18T11:58:49-04:00June 18, 2020|School of Communication|

Are Journalists Being Targeted During This Current Civil Unrest?

By: Barbara Gutierrez Dozens of journalists have been injured during the protests against the death of George Floyd. Some were caught between demonstrators and police, and others were assaulted or detained. Television reporter Kaitlin Rust in Kentucky kept shouting repeatedly, “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.” Freelance photographer Linda Tirado was permanently blinded in one eye because of a rubber bullet fired by police in Minneapolis. CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live television because he allegedly refused to move. These journalists were suffering attacks as they were doing [...]

COVID-19 Observatory: Bungled Response Compounds Misery in Brazil

By: Michael R. Malone The initiative has been tracking public health policy response data to determine how swift or lax implementation of mitigation efforts have impacted the spread of the virus in Latin American countries. Brazil, which has followed the inept example of Mexico in failing to swiftly enact national public health policies to contain the coronavirus pandemic, has now become the world leader in terms of infections and daily deaths, according to the latest round of data provided by the Latin America COVID-19 Observatory. In a trilingual webinar Tuesday, [...]

2020-06-09T11:18:31-04:00June 9, 2020|Journalism, School of Communication|

Experts Explore Twitter and its Role in Public Conversations

By: Michael R. Malone University of Miami communication specialists analyze the susceptibility of Twitter and other social media platforms to society’s ills—racism, rage, and violence—and what might be done to improve digital media as a resource. When Twitter founder Jack Dorsey launched the online social networking site in March 2006, his team envisioned a noble purpose for the enterprise: to serve the public conversation and stimulate shared learning and solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems. Yet today, far from being a hub for healthy exchange, Twitter seems [...]

2020-06-08T11:14:20-04:00June 8, 2020|School of Communication|

‘The Culture’ Makes UMTV History with First NATAS Nomination

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV’s The Culture, the station’s first black show, now becomes the first black program at the University of Miami to be nominated for a Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Production Award (NATAS). NATAS recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in television and student production. “My initial reaction was, ‘Wow, we did it!’”, said UM senior and executive producer of The Culture, Rachel Smith. “When we started the show it was just an idea, so this is huge.” The Culture has gone [...]

When Interpreting Data Visualizations and Graphics, Read the Fine Print

By: Kristian A. Rodriguez Alberto Cairo, a visual communications expert in the School of Communication, explains how data journalism is helping the world to understand the impact of the coronavirus. Shocking statistics are so prevalent these days, but you need to pay close attention to what a graphic is attempting to convey. This is the advice of Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication and a veteran expert on news information graphics. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, data [...]

2020-05-15T10:32:32-04:00May 15, 2020|Journalism|