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|

Alumnus Inducted into AAF Advertising Hall of Fame

Bill Koenigsberg, B.B.A. ’77, can add one more award to his impressive collection. Later this year, he will be inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame, one of the greatest recognitions an advertiser can receive. Only one of eight inductees for 2019, Koenigsberg founded Horizon Media in 1989 and grew the firm into the largest privately-held media agency in the world. He is currently its president, CEO, and founder. A few of the clients represented by Horizon Media include Burger King, LG Electronics, and GEICO. “Bill is [...]

2019-12-17T19:20:21-05:00February 19, 2019|School of Communication|

UMTV Sweeps NBS-AERho Nominations

UMTV swept the 56th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition with 10 nominations recognizing the organization’s excellence in TV production. Winners will be announced at the 77th NBS-AERho: National Electronic Media Association National Convention, March 7-9 in Philadelphia.  “It feels amazing,” said Breana Ross, senior and UMTV station manager, who anchored the nominated UMTV Midterm Election Special. “It’s actually the first show that I have been physically on that’s been nominated for an award, so that feels amazing. All the hard work paid off.” The station is nominated for [...]

2019-12-17T19:20:39-05:00February 1, 2019|Broadcast Journalism|

Alumna Wins Two Regional Emmys

UM School of Communication alumna Valeria Briceño, B.S.C. ’17, won two Emmy awards at the 42nd Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards last month. Briceño, who graduated from UM with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations, was the youngest employee at Univision when she created the show that would win her these two prestigious awards. “I’m from Venezuela actually, so once I graduated from high school, I came here to this country to do politics or law. But in my first semester I said, you know what, communication is [...]

2019-12-17T19:20:52-05:00January 31, 2019|Broadcast Journalism|

Two UMTV Shows Nominated for College Television Awards

For the first time in over 15 years, two of UMTV’s weekly shows were nominated for the Television Academy Foundation 39th College Television Awards, one of the most prestigious honors for student production in the country. Produced by the same foundation that coordinates the Emmys, the College Television Awards almost mimics the famous television awards show and attracts college students from around the country to Hollywood each year. This year, 25 nominees were selected out of 600 submissions from 174 colleges across the nation, and UMTV’s NewsVision and SportsDesk were [...]

2019-12-17T19:21:06-05:00January 17, 2019|Broadcast Journalism|

April Dobbins, M.F.A. Motion Pictures Student, Receives Recognition from Sundance Institute

April Dobbins’ documentary, Alabamaland, is certain to open thought-provoking discussion and provide important on-screen representation – and the Sundance Institute agrees. The part-time University of Miami graduate student, full-time UM Director of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, and UM adjunct faculty can add Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grantee to her remarkable list of accolades. “Having all these responsibilities has taught me a great deal about time and project management,” said Dobbins. “My time at UM has taught me to pivot when necessary and the entire [...]

2019-12-17T19:21:21-05:00December 6, 2018|Motion Pictures|

UM Debate Wins Tournament Championships in National Opener

The UM Debate team dominated its competition at the National Opener hosted by Georgia State University in Atlanta, one of the largest and most intensely competitive intercollegiate policy debate tournaments in the country. This year’s tournament, held from September 15-17, saw the UM Debate Team winning two of the three championships offered by the event. Harvard won the third.  In Novice Debate, Sana Hasija and Zach Homeijer were undefeated, advancing into the final round where they won a 3-0 decision against student debaters from Indiana University to earn the title [...]

2019-12-17T19:21:35-05:00September 21, 2018|Communication Studies|