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.
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.
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.
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?
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.