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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|

PRADDYs Awarded to the Top Advertising and Public Relations Students

By: Karina Valdes Annually, the Department of Strategic Communication hosts the PRADDYs to celebrate its most deserving and talented students as voted by the faculty of the department. Although this semester came with extraordinary challenges, advertising and public relations students continued to work with faculty to develop projects, presentations, portfolios, and communication pieces deserving of recognition. “I think it's always important to celebrate our students' hard work, dedication, and drive, but it's particularly important to do so during this unprecedented time,” said Alyse Lancaster, chair of the Department of Strategic [...]

2020-05-14T13:47:02-04:00May 14, 2020|Advertising, Public Relations|

E!’s Jason Kennedy Presented with the 2020 South Florida Communicator of the Year Award

By: Karina Valdes Last week, students watching the School of Communication’s online presentation of the 71st Annual University of Miami Student Media Awards were treated to words of encouragement from fellow ‘Cane and alumnus, Jason Kennedy, B.S.C. ‘04. Kennedy, host of the E! series In the Room, was presented with the 2020 South Florida Communicator of the Year Award during the awards show that celebrates the dedicated students who make the University’s award-winning student media outlets successful. “When I got an email from Ed [Julbe], saying that I was going [...]