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Internships: Honing headline skills and much more at Mashable

  • Thursday, 24 July 2014
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By Lyssa Goldberg I’ve been interning at Mashable for about a month now, working as a copy editing intern for the Mashable Publishing Partner (MPP) program. I’m used to being a fish in a small pond, the type where it’s easy to shine. This summer, I’m in the biggest pond of them all – New York City – and, at Mashable, I’m one intern fish of many. My role involves reading all day – which definitely isn’t the worst thing in the world, considering I love to read and learn all that I can about whatever I can. Essentially,…

Internships: Student Gains Global Experience at The Estee Lauder Companies

  • Thursday, 17 July 2014
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By Peri Diamond, PR Student This summer I had the opportunity to intern at The Estee Lauder Companies with the MAC Cosmetics Travel Retail Americas Division as the Public Relations and Special Events Intern. Working in the travel retail industry has allowed me to explore more about unique retailing opportunities and public relations in niche markets. In addition to being able to expand on the knowledge I have gained from my classes at the University of Miami, I have also been able to learn more about global communications in a business and corporate setting. Over the course of my…

Middle- and High-School Students Train at Hurricane Debate Institute

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014
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More than 40 middle- and high-school students from about a dozen Miami-Dade schools trained and competed in the 23rd annual Hurricane Debate Institute at the School of Communication over three week-long sessions in June and July. Students learned speech and argument skills, public forum, policy debate, student congress debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The camp is highly interactive, featuring brief lectures, drills and debates, and written feedback to help them track their skills, said Leandra Lopez, co-director of the program. "We want to help them become better debaters, but we're more focused in giving them tools for the real world,…

Study Abroad: Navigating the Panama Canal

  • Tuesday, 1 July 2014
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By Nick Sirio, Gabriella Canal and Mira Shah, Galapagos Summer Abroad Program Shortly before 5 p.m., the cruise ship Ocean Dream entered the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Sixteen of us from the University of Miami had been waiting hours for the ship to make its move. We were on the first leg of a three-week long summer abroad study program focused on the Galapagos Islands with stops in Panama and in Guayaquil, the biggest city in Ecuador. We first saw the Ocean Dream in the far distance, a white, blocky structure more like a condo or an office…

Student project: Christina Cyprien's Photo Essay on a Military Mom

  • Monday, 16 June 2014
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This spring, Christina Cyprien, a student in professor of practice Maggie Steber's photojournalism course, documented the life of Ashlee Etienne, a military mom. The photo essay captures touching moments of the daily struggles and triumphs of a military family. Cyprien's work is an excellent example of how students learn and grow as visual storytellers at the School of Communication, Steber says. Cyprien writes: "As a daughter raised in a single-parent household by my mother who took care of five children practically on her own, I've come to admire and respect the major responsibility of those mothers who raise their…

UM Finishes Second in National Student Advertising Competition

  • Wednesday, 4 June 2014
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When students on the School of Communication's National Student Advertising Competition team were tasked with targeting millennials for storied cosmetics brand, Mary Kay, they decided to take big risks, said Kelly Smith, B.S.C. '14, a creative director for the team. The team developed The Skinny Dip Challenge, a seven-day make-up free commitment to introduce millennial women to the brand's skin care line. "We knew going into nationals that our client, who is a very established and successful brand, might not bite on something a little more provocative and risky, but the idea really worked, so we all stood behind…

Video: What's New and What's Next for the SoC

  • Monday, 2 June 2014
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It was an exciting year in the School of Communication. A number of new initiatives began, student groups excelled in competition and the School continues to grow to be a leader in the field around the world. Check out the highlights in this year-end video!

Film Students Experience Hollywood At Annual 'Canes Film Showcase

  • Friday, 30 May 2014
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“The thrill of a lifetime” — that’s how Noah DeBonis described seeing his short film, Posthumous, screened last week at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California at the 17th Annual Canes Film Showcase. DeBonis and 15 other School of Communication film students showed seven films at the event, toured studios and got a master class from professionals in the entertainment industry during their three-day trip to Los Angeles. “The audience was so receptive to the film,” said DeBonis, whose film tells the story of a young girl trying to save her family’s small-town bed & breakfast from foreclosure. “I…

Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Students, Alumnus, Faculty and Staff

  • Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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The School of Communication honored its outstanding students, alumni, faculty and staff on May 9 at its Annual Awards Ceremony. Dean Gregory Shepherd presented the awards amid family, friends, faculty and staff at a reception at the Student Activities Center. Catie Staszak, who graduated in broadcast journalism and spoke at the School's commencement ceremony, received the School's Outstanding Senior Award. Italome Ohikhuare, an MFA in Motion Pictures whose thesis project, The Mermaid, is a film about schizophrenia, was honored as Outstanding MFA Student. Funing Tang, a doctoral student whose dissertation, Acting as Being: Ingrid Bergman's Performances, has been presented…

Communication Studies Students Honored

  • Wednesday, 7 May 2014
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Communication Studies students were honored on May 1 for their achievements throughout the year. Brenda Fernandez was recognized as The Communication Studies Outstanding Senior Award, and the Frazier White Outstanding Communication Studies Student award was received by Krystal Acosta. The following Communication Studies majors were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities: Elia Isabel Briceno Ketchum Krystal A. Acosta Brenda Fernandez Jonathan Kwan Santiago Joaquin Castillo Ciaran R. Quille Andrea Martinez Gonzalez As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active…