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Renowned Journalist Supports Students Through Endowed Scholarship

By Jenny Hudak Jorge Ramos, an internationally acclaimed journalist and alumnus of the University of Miami, has created an endowed scholarship to support students in the School of Communication. On Jan. 2, 1983, Jorge Ramos landed in Los Angeles with nothing but a guitar, a bag, and a passion for storytelling. Ramos, a renowned Mexican American journalist and anchor for the Univision Network, developed a passion for journalism at a young age. “I always wanted to be where history was being made. I wanted to talk to the people making [...]

2023-03-09T11:47:58-05:00March 9, 2023|Journalism|

Interactive Media Program Graduates to its Own Department

By: Barbara Gutierrez Fueled by changes in communication and storytelling, the School of Communication’s Interactive Media Program will become its own department this fall. A website that lists the political protests in the U.S. by state, topic, and frequency. A digital reporting system that tracks incidents in nursing homes to aid health care providers. A colorful website with illustrations and linear graphs that dissect the poems of feminist poet Anne Sexton by showing the frequent use of certain words and the positive or negative bent of each poem. All these [...]

2020-02-19T15:55:17-05:00February 19, 2020|Interactive Media|

Farewell, Dean Shepherd

By: Karina Valdes The University of Miami School of Communication is bidding its beloved dean farewell. Dr. Gregory J. Shepherd, the third dean of the School of Communication, is retiring after eight years of transformational leadership and more than 40 years of service as a distinguished faculty member and administrator at several major universities. “Dean Shepherd has, first and foremost, been a great role model for the School of Communication,” said University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk. “He has brought the School to the forefront of innovation. On everything [...]

2020-04-23T12:56:21-04:00May 21, 2019|School of Communication|

Mary Cosford Honors Late Son with Bequest to Benefit UM Students

Bill Cosford was just a few credits away from earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami when he accepted a job at The Miami Herald in 1973. Having started as a copy editor, Bill grew to become a respected film critic for the newspaper, as well as a motion pictures professor at UM. At the age of 47, he passed away. Mary Cosford, Bill’s mother, sought a way for her son’s legacy to continue. She made a gift in memory of her late son to the university’s art-house [...]

2019-12-17T18:07:13-05:00November 21, 2017|Motion Pictures|

For the Love of Alma Mater

By: Karina Valdes The University of Miami School of Communication recently named the Robert & Lauren Mann Broadcast Center in honor of alumnus Robert “Bob” Mann, B.A. ’70, who is being recognized for his unwavering support of the university for more than 30 years. The dedication ceremony takes place on Friday, December 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Frances L. Wolfson Building. In the late 1960s, Mann stepped foot on University of Miami’s campus for the first time as an undergraduate student studying radio and television broadcast. [...]

Koenigsberg and Nadal Interactive Media Center Opening at UM School of Communication

A state-of-the-art space for innovation and creativity is opening at the University of Miami School of Communication. The Koenigsberg and Nadal Interactive Media Center (IMC) is poised to transform experiential education at the University by giving students collaborative spaces and a fully-equipped multimedia agency to create, learn, and expand their portfolios. “Students need to have access to the tools that are driving creative work across communication industries,” says Gregory J. Shepherd, dean of the School of Communication. “But I also think it is essential that we provide spaces that encourage [...]

Gift Honors Steven Sotloff’s Legacy

Steven Joel Sotloff was a devoted journalist, whose passion for his craft took him to faraway places to cover important stories and dangerous conflicts. In September of 2014, he lost his life at the hands of ISIS militants after being kidnapped. “He took it as his responsibility to bring these stories to life,” said his father Arthur Sotloff. “He went to the Middle East and saw all of the injustices that affected the people, and his writing was all about the people and the human factor. He gave his life [...]

Four Decades of Giving: A Model Alumna’s Unwavering Support of the U

Twenty-three years after graduating the University of Miami, the ties that drew School of Communication alumna, Jeanne Wolf A.B. ’61, to her alma mater ran deep. That spring of 1984, she established the Jeanne Wolf Scholarship Fund — an award to help make a UM education accessible to a deserving School of Communication student. Her generosity did not go unreciprocated. The very first recipient of her scholarship, Michael Robin, graduated in 1985 and went on to produce some of Hollywood’s biggest television hits, such as Nip/Tuck and The Closer. Her [...]

Media Management Expert Feels the Thrill of Changing Times, and Helping Others

Professor Michel Dupagne, Ph.D., recognizes the importance of scholarships in helping talented students in the School of Communication achieve their dreams. In 2005, he and his brother Alain established the Lucy Chatelain Endowed Communication Scholarship in memory of their mother. “I believe that providing scholarships to those in financial need is critical to the long-term success of the University of Miami,” he says. “I have been privileged to serve on the faculty for more than two decades, and it is a pleasure to support our future scholars.” Dupagne is a [...]

2019-12-17T18:07:39-05:00April 6, 2015|Media Management|

Grant Funds New Educational Resource on Ocean Health

The University of Miami’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the School of Communication has received a two-year grant of over $405,000 from the Friends of Stark Parks in conjunction with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The funding will go towards the creation of a unique Open Educational Resource (OER) that will not only explain the science underlying ocean health management, but also help bring the specific work of top researchers from their worldwide field locations to university curricula. In an effort to develop “Media Building-Blocks of Ocean Health [...]

2019-12-17T18:07:47-05:00January 12, 2015|Interactive Media, Motion Pictures|