Comm Alum Alex Kamb Winner of Sundance Ignite Fellowship
Feb 21, 2017

UMass alum Alex Kamb ’15 has been selected to be a part of the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program. Kamb, who graduated with a Communication degree, is among only 15 out of more than 300 applicants who were chosen to participate in the elite and highly selective program. While selection for the fellowship is an honor in and of itself, it ought to be noted that Alex was one of the only recipients who was neither a graduate student, nor a film or production studies major.

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Cassidy Kotyla and Andrea Peicott Comm Students' Video Project Explores Inner Beauty
Feb 13, 2017

When juniors Cassidy Kotyla ’18, a double major in Communication and Journalism, and Andrea Peicott ’18, a Communication major, began their final project with Professor Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., they had no idea that they were creating something much bigger. For the end-of-the-year assignment, Kotyla and Peicott created a short video titled “You Are Beautiful: A Social Experiment.”

The video is aimed at exploring people’s understanding of inner beauty, and, more specifically, is a response to the narrow conceptions of beauty that are shaped by media and advertising.

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Comm Prof Scharrer Earns Public Engagement Fellowship
Feb 7, 2017

Erica Scharrer, Ph.D., professor and previous chair of the Comm Department, will work on community and translation of research for wide public audiences, as a 2017 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow. Scharrer's research interests include: the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence. This spring, she is teaching Media Violence.

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Comm Summer Program Offers High School Students Immersive Media Experience
Feb 3, 2017

The Department of Communication has announced a week-long summer program for high school students interested in honing their media literacy and production skills. Media Maker Academy will be taught by Professor Allison Butler, Ph.D. and will take full advantage of the department's state-of-the-art production facilities in the Integrative Learning Center.

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