Studying Media and Culture at Miami
The Media and Culture Bachelor of Arts degree and courses examine the processes, institutions and effects of the media in national and international contexts. Our students become competent critics of communication practices, study media impacts on policies, institutions and culture; and they gain hands-on experience through sound, film and digital production. Our faculty range from widely published scholars to documentary filmmakers. Media and Culture is part of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film.
Author Wil Haygood will join Miami faculty for next three years!
Acclaimed journalist and author Wil Haygood (Miami '76) will join Miami's faculty in the spring semester of academic year 2014-2015 as the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor, a one-year appointment.
During academic years 2015-2017, he will hold the position of Distinguished Scholar in the department of media, journalism and film. Haygood will teach courses in media, journalism and film one semester during each of the three years of the appointments, said College of Arts and Science dean Phyllis Callahan. He will also mentor incoming students in the newly established Scholars in Writing for Media program, advise on the Freedom Summer documentary film project, advise student media editors and/or participate in Inside Washington and Inside Hollywood programs.
Haygood, whose 2008 Washington Post article was the basis for the 2013 movie "The Butler," addressed Miami graduates at the May 2013 commencement. He spoke on the summer of 1964 to kick off Miami's Celebrating Freedom program last fall.
Oxford Weekly News 'On Air'
Media, Journalism and Film students are again producing the "Oxford Weekly News" program as part of two upper-level courses. Check out the first spring 2014 newscast.
The aim each week is to provide news and information for both the Miami University campus and Oxford community. New this semester is a weekly segment with the editorial staff of The Miami Student.
Reporting is done by students in the JRN 415 Television News capstone course, led by Clinical Professor Joe Sampson. Production crewing is provided by students in Ringo Jones' COM 312: Studio Production course.
Miami University’s second Inside Hollywood Program!
‘It’s all about who you know.’ Such immortal words have been the first piece of advice to hopeful producers, actors, and writers headed out to Hollywood to break into the entertainment industry. For the sixteen students on Miami University’s second Inside Hollywood Program, the saying couldn’t be more correct. Over the course of three weeks during Miami’s 2014 Winter Term, the students visited over twenty Miami alumni working in all aspects of the entertainment industry, and were exposed to all the different careers Hollywood has to offer. During the third week of the program, the students each shadowed an alum at sites including CBS’s “NCIS,” ABC-TV and VH-1.
- Watching the rehearsal and taping of Conan and then having a Q&A with Conan O’Brien
- Touring the set of NCIS and chatting with Emmy-award winning actor Mark Harmon
- Visiting the set of Parenthood at NBC-Universal Studios
- Q&A with Ken Kwapis, director of numerous episodes of The Office and Malcolm in the Middle as well as The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Some of the Alumni Include:
- Paul Gerard, director of Creative Development at DisneyToon Studios
- Stephanie Gibbons, executive vice-president of Marketing and On-Air Promotions for FX
- Rick Ludwin, former NBC executive in charge of NBC’s late night programming (including Saturday Night Live)
“It was incredible getting to see so many alumni from Miami working in Hollywood… we got to see so many parts of the industry in so short a time,” writes Chris Barger, one of the participants. “It really let us see what the TV and movie business is really like.”
Unique Course To Produce Freedom Summer Film
Miami history and filmmaking professors will teach a special topics course during 2013-'14 that takes students back to the summer of 1964 on campus, when Miami played an unusual role in the civil rights movement.
Over two semesters, students will produce a historical documentary that will air during the 50th Anniversary Freedom Summer Conference in fall 2014.
In June 1964, hundreds of people - mostly young and white - came to the Western College for Women (now part of Miami) for training before embarking on voter registration campaigns in Mississippi. They risked their lives for civil rights - in fact, not all survived.
COM/JRN 450Y Documenting Freedom Summer is open to all majors and requires no prior film production experience. It will be taught by Dr. Nishani Frazier and Kathy Conkwright. Download the flyer.