Celebrating the 2019-2020 Recipients of the University of Miami School of Communication End-of-Year Awards

As the unprecedented 2019-2020 academic year comes to a close, the School of Communication would like to congratulate its Outstanding Overall Senior, Ben Ezzy, Outstanding Student Worker, Alexandra Naessan-Do, Outstanding Staff Member, Michael Lester, and Staub Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Teaching recipient, Heidi Carr. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments by watching the video above, or by clicking here, for a message from Dean Karin Wilkins. Outstanding Senior, Ben Ezzy Ben Ezzy, majoring in broadcast journalism, received this school-wide recognition for his dedication to the University of Miami, [...]

UM Senior Wins Prestigious Debate Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Julia Lynch, an avid debater and finance and legal studies major at UM, is the recipient of the prestigious Julia Burke Award for Character and Excellence. Lynch received the award at the American Debate Association National Championship tournament on Mar. 8 in Las Vegas. “It was a really incredible award to win,” said Lynch. “I’ve known about it since my freshman year of college, so it was very emotional.” The Julia Burke Award is unique because it not only recognizes someone who wins debate tournaments, but also [...]

UM Professor Wins BEA Festival of Media Arts Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Sanjeev Chatterjee, professor, won the Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts (BEA) for his documentary, Sweet Malady. “It feels great,” said Chatterjee. “It’s an international award so it always feels good to win something like this.” Sweet Malady follows a West Bengal family whose members all acquire Type 2 Diabetes from foods they associate with happiness. “I’m inspired by what I see,” said Chatterjee. “I wanted to show the culture of sweets in the Bengali community in India and show something [...]

2020-04-21T17:07:21-04:00April 21, 2020|Journalism, Motion Pictures|

Student Productions Win Big at National Media Competition

By: Sabrina Pizziol University of Miami students took the nation by storm at the 57th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition, receiving several nominations and taking home eight awards. UMTV’s Spanish-language news show, UniMiami, was recognized as the Best Video Newscast (Prerecorded) making it the first award the program has won. “It was definitely a long-time coming,” said Alexa Eckembrecher, one of the executive producers of UniMiami. “It would have never happened if it weren't for all the members that worked on this program before me and my co-EP, [...]

I.M. M.F.A. Students Win Data Viz Awards

By: Isabella Vaccaro University of Miami students Alyssa Fowers and Deb Pang are pursuing their M.F.A.s in Interactive Media, but have already begun making their marks in the data visualization world. Both Fowers and Pang were finalists in the Information is Beautiful Awards and won Computation + Journalism awards for some of their projects done here at UM. But, what is data visualization? And how did these award-winning projects even come to be? Alberto Cairo, associate professor of infographics, data visualization, and data journalism in the School of Communication, said [...]

2020-03-30T17:53:36-04:00March 30, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|

UM Professor Wins Sigma Journalism Award

By: Jabria Roscoe Alberto Cairo, a world-renowned data journalist and associate professor, is the co-winner of a Sigma Journalism award for his work on the project Zones of Silence (ZOS). The project is a collaboration between Cairo, El Universal daily newspaper in Mexico, and the Google News Initiative. “It’s great news because the Sigma awards are quite prestigious,” said Cairo. “I feel happy not just for the award, but because the project and the work are being recognized.” The Sigma awards, formally known as the Data Journalism awards, is a [...]

2020-03-09T15:52:10-04:00March 9, 2020|Interactive Media, Journalism|

Strategic Communication Students Recognized with Record-Breaking 35 Miami ADDY awards

By: Sabrina Pizziol University of Miami Strategic Communication students received an impressive 35 awards at this year’s American Advertising Federation of Miami ADDY Awards. This is a record number of Miami ADDYs for the School, with 3 gold and 32 silver awards. “For many years we have been working on building an award-winning advertising program,” said Sarai Nunez, assistant professor of professional practice. “It's amazing to see it all coming to fruition, and each year we keep on breaking our previous winning streak, so now it's time to tackle bigger competitions.” The AAFMiami [...]

2020-03-05T13:35:02-05:00March 5, 2020|Advertising, Public Relations|

UMTV Receives 11 Nominations for NBS-AERHo Awards

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV received 11 nominations in ten different categories from the NBS-AERho National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. NBS-AERho is a national organization that recognizes the work of college students working toward a career in electronic media. The winners will be announced at the NBS-AERho 78th National Convention, held March 11-14 in Los Angeles. UMTV has been nominated in categories that include Video Feature Segment, Video Newscast (live), Video Newscast (prerecorded), Video Documentary Program, Video Sports Segment, and Video Sports Program. UM senior lecturer and UMTV faculty advisor, [...]

UM Debate Team Advances to Finals at Liberty University Tournament

By: Jabria Roscoe University of Miami’s Policy Debate Team advanced to the final round of the Liberty University (LU) Debate Tournament held Jan. 24-26 in Lynchburg, Virginia. The LU tournament is a nationally ranked annual debate competition. The UM team of Julia Lynch and Zach Homeijer won five of six preliminary debates, earning them a bye into the quarterfinal round where they won a unanimous decision against George Mason University. This set up a semifinal debate against the host, Liberty University, whom Zac and Julia defeated to advance into the [...]

2020-02-06T15:45:24-05:00February 6, 2020|Communication Studies, School of Communication|

Advertising Professor’s Proposal Wins AAA Research Grant

By: Sabrina Pizziol The SoC’s very own associate professor, Wan-Hsiu “Sunny” Tsai, is a winner of the 2019-2020 American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship Competition. Her research proposal is one of the five that were selected among hundreds of applicants to receive a $2,500 grant. “It is definitely an honor,” said Tsai. “Especially now that I am trying to establish a new research direction by embracing emerging technological issues like A.I.” Tsai co-authored Interpersonal Communication with Consumers via Humanized Chatbots: Perspectives from China and the U.S.A. alongside Ching-Hua Chuan, research [...]

2020-01-30T10:20:44-05:00January 29, 2020|Advertising|