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 [...]

Film Professor Shares the Inspiration Behind ‘Phantom Lady’

By: Emmalyse Brownstein Christina Lane, chair and associate professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts, has devoted her research in film studies to the subject of women in the film industry. When Christina Lane was a student at Mount Holyoke College in suburban Massachusetts, she knew she was interested in movies. Lane thought that her place was behind the scenes, yet she couldn’t shake that her passion for film was not so much in learning how to operate a Steadicam, but rather in examining its cultural influence and how films [...]

2021-04-29T12:12:48-04:00April 29, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Introduction to Data Science for Communication Students

By: Raul Cruz Dr. Vladimir Bugera, founder of Big Data Realty and adjunct faculty in the Department of Journalism and Media Management, previewed his fall course, Applied Data Analytics for Journalism and Media Management, for the members of the Media Management Association. Between 2004 and 2020, he worked as an algorithm developer for American Express and then as a data scientist for BankUnited. Bugera began his presentation by defining what data analytics is--the process of analyzing raw data to find trends and answer questions. "The techniques and processes of data [...]

2021-04-21T11:47:06-04:00April 21, 2021|Media Management|

Summer/Fall 2021 Special Topics

Please consider the following Special Topics course offerings from the School of Communication. Summer registration begins on April 12, 2021. Fall registration begins on April 19, 2021. Please consult CaneLink, the instructor of record, and/or your academic adviser for more information.   CCA – CINEMATIC ARTS CCA 394 section TU1 – Cinema of the 1980s: Teen Horror Movies Critics and historians often point to the 1980s as the decade when the industry lost interest in riskier, artful movies and began to chase the almighty blockbuster. But subtler trends emerged in [...]

2021-04-12T15:11:26-04:00April 9, 2021|Uncategorized|

UM Advertising Program Wins Big at Miami American Advertising Awards

By: Jabria Roscoe The American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) is an annual competition that celebrates the best works in advertising at the local, district, and national level. The University of Miami Advertising program is the winner of 11 gold and a record-breaking 43 silver ADDYS at the 2021 Miami American Advertising Awards. “The ADDYs has been the awards show we enter the most, and every year it gets better and better,” said Sarai Nuñez, assistant professor of professional practice. “Despite the circumstances and the year that we had, we still did [...]

2021-04-08T10:47:07-04:00April 8, 2021|Advertising|