Two UMTV Shows Nominated for College Television Awards

By: Karina Valdes Two UMTV shows, NewsVision and SportsDesk, were each recently nominated for a Television Academy Foundation College Television Award. The College Television Awards recognize excellence in student production, with this year’s nominees selected out of 374 submissions from 112 schools across the nation. NewsVision and SportsDesk are the only two UMTV shows airing live. NewsVision staff were nominated in the News category for their work on MSD Massacre One Year Later. “This recognition impacts everyone who spends countless hours every week volunteering to produce each episode of NewsVision [...]

‘Healer’ Wins Best of Show at ICIDS

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 frosting on an [...]

2019-12-17T19:17:45-05:00December 4, 2019|Interactive Media|

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|

Lindsay Grace Receives Games for Change Festival Vanguard Award

Lindsay Grace, associate professor and Knight Chair in Interactive Media, is the recipient of this year’s Games for Change Festival Vanguard Award. The highly prestigious award recognizes the contributions of an individual to the field of play-based learning and advancing the Games for Change community. Games for change are digital games developed to highlight a multitude of global issues and to encourage social change.  “Winning this award is an honor. I’m elated to be recognized for my work in the social impact space and to be listed among past awardees like [...]

2019-12-17T19:18:50-05:00June 19, 2019|Interactive Media|

Distraction magazine named ‘Magazine of the Year’

The student-run magazine was honored by the annual Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. “Nip and Tuck.” That provocative title coupled with a similarly edgy picture of a woman ready for plastic surgery was one of several covers that helped garner a top award for the University of Miami’s student-led Distraction magazine. The magazine was chosen as “Magazine of the Year” by the 20th Annual Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. The fall, winter, and spring printed issues of Distraction were named “Magazine of the Year” in the overall design category. [...]

2019-12-17T19:19:03-05:00June 11, 2019|School of Communication|

Happy to be Nappy Wins CinemaSlam Award

Happy to be Nappy, a music video created by a class of University of Miami School of Communication graduate students, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s uplifting. It’s empowering. It’s a piece of film that embraces, with open and grooving arms, black culture—and specifically black hair. When Ed Talavera, associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, assigned a project to his students, neither him nor his class could have foreseen its success. “First-year graduate students must make a music video with a local Miami music group [...]

2019-12-17T19:19:17-05:00April 9, 2019|Motion Pictures|

Ibis and Distraction Receive National Awards

It was a celebratory spring break for the Ibis and Distraction staffs. Two Gold Crowns, one Best of Show, a Second Place for Best of Show, and two Apples were awarded between two national conferences. The Ibis, Distraction print issue, and Distraction online page were honored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in New York City at the Spring National College Media Convention 2019 with Gold Crown awards. The Gold Crown is the highest honor that the CSPA bestows on a student publication. The 2018 Ibis edited by Alize [...]

2019-12-17T19:19:36-05:00March 25, 2019|Journalism|

UMTV Wins 6 Awards Out of 10 NBS-AERho Nominations

The hard work put in by the students of UMTV paid off in a big way. The student-run station won six awards out of 10 nominations from NBS-AERho during the 56th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. Winners were announced during the 77th NBS-AERho: National Electronic Media Association National Convention, March 7-9. in Philadelphia. “[The students] are receiving the national recognition that they deserve,” said Boriana Treadwell, lecturer and UMTV faculty adviser. “The students of UMTV are extremely hard-working, talented, and dedicated. They spend countless hours every week without receiving any school credit [...]

Making Connections Across the Globe

UM senior Breana Ross was awarded the 2018 Global Citizen Award from a national study abroad company. When University of Miami senior Breana Ross left the United States last spring to study abroad in South Africa, she thought she had a grasp of what poverty looked like. Ross had volunteered at a homeless shelter throughout high school, and founded the service group Written in My Soul at UM to help underprivileged Miami children express themselves through writing. Yet the scenes she saw in South Africa were humbling. As part of a course [...]

2019-12-17T19:20:07-05:00February 28, 2019|Broadcast Journalism|