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SwampScapes Selected for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

SwampScapes celebrates continued success in bringing much-needed attention to the vital importance of the endangered Florida Everglades. The 360º film is an official selection for the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival in North America. University of Miami School of Communication Associate Professor Kim Grinfeder, former Visiting Knight Chair Liz Miller, and Miami-based filmmaker and artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar co-directed the swamp-conscious film. “We are pushing the film across many fronts and a festival like Hot Docs will helps us attract attention from educators and programmers who [...]

2019-12-16T18:31:47-05:00March 26, 2019|Interactive Media, Motion Pictures|

SwampScapes: A Journey Through the Everglades

As South Floridians, we boast beautiful beaches and tropical temperatures, but often fail to acknowledge the sweeping beauty of the Florida Everglades. As the earth undergoes accelerated change, understanding the landscape’s function in human and ecologic survival is essential. Former Visiting Knight Chair Liz Miller, University of Miami School of Communication Associate Professor Kim Grinfeder and Miami-based filmmaker and artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar co-directed an immersive four-platform project designed to reconnect users with the importance of the swampland. Graduate and undergraduate SoC students enrolled in Miller’s and Grinfeder’s classes also [...]

2019-12-16T18:32:31-05:00November 15, 2018|Interactive Media, Motion Pictures|

Nine UM SoC Faculty Awarded a Creative Activity and Research Grant

Nine University of Miami School of Communication faculty were awarded a School of Communication Creative Activity and Research Grant from the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change for the 2018-2019 academic year. The grant supports research and projects that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the School of Communication. Below is a brief summary of the grant recipients and their projects. Ching-Hua Chuan, research associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, received a grant for Creating Chatbots for Domain-Specific [...]

Visiting Knight Chair News

Fall 2017 Visiting Knight Chair, Lindsay Grace, concluded his residency at the University of Miami School of Communication with the Game Design Thinking and the Newsroom Interactive Workshop at American University in Washington D.C. The event was attended by members of the winning team from UM’s Newsjam, which consisted of Nicole Barba, Chabeli Castillo, Carlos Gonzalez, and Stephano Cardona. Newsjam was a weekend long game design event that took place at the University of Miami School of Communication in Oct. 2017 where participants – students and community members – designed social [...]

2019-12-16T18:33:52-05:00January 29, 2018|Interactive Media|

Visiting Knight Chair for Spring 2018 to Teach Course on Collaborative Documentary: Environment

Communication plays a significant role in the framing of environmental problems as well as in the articulation of solutions. What kinds of strategies and platforms are artists and documentary makers using to communicate thorny environmental concerns that are often out of sight and out of mind? What kinds of stories, visualizations and outreach initiatives encourage viewers to get involved? Spring 2018 Visiting Knight Chair, Elizabeth "Liz" Miller, will offer a unique course this spring that will give students the opportunity to answer these questions by exploring a range of short, [...]

Fall 4C Pilot Grants Awarded

A total of eight faculty members spread across six departments were awarded 4C Pilot Grants by the University of Miami School of Communication Center for Communication, Culture, and Change. These grants are awarded three times per year to fund interdisciplinary projects that align with the mission of the center and are designed to provide data to compete for external funding from private, foundation, and government sources. Margaret Cardillo, lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, along with Caleb Everett, professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and chair [...]

Research Grant Recipients Announced

A total of five faculty members spread across three departments were recently announced as the 2017 – 2018 recipients of the Creative Activity and Research Grants. The funding supports work that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that support the enhanced reputation of the School of Communication. Wan-Hsiu “Sunny” Tsai, William Hughes, and Juliana Fernandes from the Department of Strategic Communication, Victoria Oreggo Dunleavy from the Department of Communication Studies, and Michelle Seelig from the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media were selected by an interdisciplinary [...]

Visiting Knight Chair for Fall 2017 Brings Rapid Game Development to UM

As a journalist, how do you engage readers and motivate them to become active in addressing the issues facing their community? Lindsay D. Grace, University of Miami School of Communication’s Visiting Knight Chair for fall 2017, is bringing rapid game development to the university to help journalists, designers, and developers understand how to integrate game design as an engagement strategy. “Today, I believe, we need to help adapt our current large-scale communication systems and expectations toward involving experience. From my research, play is one of the most involving natural systems [...]

2019-12-16T18:41:20-05:00September 27, 2017|Interactive Media, Journalism|

New Visiting Knight Chair to Work on Documentary with Students

David Abel, award-winning reporter with The Boston Globe and a documentary filmmaker, is the next Visiting Knight Chair for the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change at University of Miami School of Communication. During his time at UM, Abel will be working with students on a documentary film project reporting on the ban of private airboat use in the Everglades. The ban is part of a law passed by Congress to protect and expand the national park. Endowed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Visiting Knight Chairs [...]

2019-12-16T18:42:47-05:00August 23, 2016|Journalism, Motion Pictures|

SoC Faculty to Research Effect of Social Media on Healthy Behavior Choices

School of Communication faculty Jan Boehmer and Maria Scott are the most recent recipients of a Center for Communication, Culture and Change research award. The two faculty members from the Department of Journalism and Media Management and the Department of Strategic Communication, respectively, will collaborate to identify the processes that influence young people to make healthy behavior choices. Children and adolescents continue to make poor lifestyle decisions and Boehmer and Scott are hoping to find out why. “We want to build a bridge between sport and health communication - a connection that seems natural but is somewhat understudied," said [...]

2019-12-16T18:43:29-05:00May 18, 2015|Journalism, Public Relations|