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Miami HEAT VP of Business Communications + Social Responsibility Speaks with Students

You may have thought field trips pretty much stopped after middle school. But every week, students taking Professor Heidi Carr’s STC 493 Women in PR class are out and about getting to know Miami. Recently, the group of avid public relations students had the chance to take a private tour of the American Airlines Arena, where they stood on the Miami HEAT court and sat in the locker rooms to hear a special presentation. “Getting to stand where legendary athletes have played on was an incredible experience,” said Dana Franco, [...]

2020-01-10T18:15:50-05:00December 6, 2019|Public Relations|

‘Healer’ Wins Best of Show at ICIDS

By: Karina Valdes Healer, a historical battle video game created by Lindsay Grace, Knight Chair of Interactive Media and associate professor, was awarded Best of Show at the art exhibit at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS). The game is a part of the games for change genre, where video game developers create games for social change. “I would do this work no matter what because it’s the right thing to do to help move the games for change medium forward and to help people. The recognition is [...]

2020-01-29T15:41:08-05:00December 4, 2019|Interactive Media|

Successfully Thriving for 28 Years (and Counting) in TV Sales

For the last Media Management Association meeting of the fall semester, Freda Pedrique-Valdes, senior account manager at Telemundo 51-NBCUniversal (WSCV and WTVJ), shared her insights about the changing practices in television sales. But while students constantly seek new educational and professional opportunities to strengthen their resumes, Pedrique-Valdes admitted having no resume. She has been working for the same renowned Telemundo-NBC company for over twenty-eight years. How did Pedrique-Valdes end up in her long-standing position? During her last year as a graphic design student at International Fine Arts College in Miami, Pedrique-Valdes was approached [...]

Alumnus Hosts Morning Show, Wins Big at KBA

In the race to land a job after graduation, some students can only dream of one day hosting a television show. But there was Tej Joshi, B.S.C. ’19, right as he was graduating from the University of Miami, the host of SoKY Sunrise, the morning show for south-central Kentucky’s NBC affiliate television station, WNKY 40.  “It’s a really fun show that I’m happy to be a part of,” said Joshi. What’s more, SoKY Sunrise was recently awarded Best Morning Show at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Florence, Indiana— [...]

Distraction Earns Numerous Awards from CSPA and SPJ

The staffs of Distraction Magazine and Distraction online are continuing their decade-long history of receiving national and state recognition for their work by winning numerous awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and at the Sunshine State Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). “Distraction Magazine continues to attract staffers that showcase their talent in the printed edition, as well as the online and digital updates of the magazine. The staffs work hard to produce a features publication for the students of the University of Miami,” said Randy [...]

2019-12-17T19:18:22-05:00November 21, 2019|School of Communication|

Policy Debate Duo Competes in Detroit

Over the weekend of Oct. 25, 2019, the University of Miami policy debate team of Zachary Homeijer and Julia Lynch competed in the Varsity division of the Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational in Detroit, Michigan. During the competitive two days of debates, Miami defeated teams from Emory University, University of Indiana, and University of Iowa. Homeijer and Lynch ultimately ended as the 11th seeded team, just one spot short of qualifying for the elimination rounds. The policy team looks forward to traveling to George Mason University as they continue debating the [...]

Advance Screening of ‘WAVES’ Followed by Q&A with Director

The University of Miami community is invited to an advance screening of WAVES at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Nov. 20 from 1:25-4 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Trey Edward Shults. WAVES is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff of the University of [...]

Amazon Prime Video Executive Shares Recipe for Success

On November 7, Maria Sanchez, Miami-based head of Prime Video Direct Latin America at Amazon, spoke about her 25-year career in the television distribution industry with members of the Media Management Association. Growing up in Spain, Sanchez always knew that her calling was to work in the entertainment business. After completing her bachelor's degree in film and television from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Sanchez moved to Los Angeles where she worked for several companies for nearly nine years. “When I worked for the small companies, they took me to other [...]

Spanish-Language UChat HIts Close to Members of the Team

The UM Debate team hosted and moderated a UChat event in Spanish on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 on a topic that is close to the members of the team and many students on campus. The Uchat titled “Practicas Ilegales de Gobiernos Latinoamericanos” which translates to “Illegal Practices of Latin American governments” initiated a discourse on the corruption of Latin America and the source of why so many people flee these countries.   This chat provided a safe space for students to discuss the exploitation they have witnessed firsthand in their [...]

‘Off the Wire,’ UMTV’s Sketch Comedy Show

When asked what the goal of Off the Wire is, a resounding response from the three executive producers, junior Jeremy Erdheim, seniors Danny LaRose and Alberto Lopez, as well as head writer, sophomore Peter Gurl, almost knocks me off my chair: “to make people laugh!”  “Hopefully!” Erdheim adds, laughing. “Easiest question I’ve ever been asked,” somebody says in the midst of the uproar. You can tell these four are passionate, to say the least, about this show, which airs bi-weekly in front of a live audience and features a slew [...]