From the Chair

Richard CampbellDear Friends and Alumni,

As we head into summer 2016, I want to highlight some of our major events and accomplishments from this spring.

This term, Miami alum and veteran TV producer Antonia Ellis taught an online class (from LA) on “Developing and Pitching a TV Series.” In February, Miami grad and veteran sports journalist Terence Moore Miami alum gave a talk, “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Report No Evil: What’s Missing in Sports Journalism Today.” MJF also helped support a visit by NPR media critic Eric Deggans whose talk, "How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation," was sponsored by Office of Diversity Affairs.

Other major events this term included a March presentation, “Spotlight on Spotlight,” with Boston Globe veteran Walter V. Robinson (“Robby,” played by Michael Keaton in the film). Also in March, one of our journalism students, graduating senior Greta Hallberg, moderated the lively Janus Forum, this year titled “Presidential Race 2016,” with Democratic political advisor James Carville, journalist Ann Compton and Republican political consultant Alex Castellanos. In April, MJF helped sponsor an event by the new Global and Intercultural Studies department -- a guest lecture by Charles Blow of the New York Times on the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

April also featured MJF’s first Distinguished Alumni Days with Jennifer Duck ’04, editorial producer of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”; Ida Lieszkovszky Hargitai ’09, reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer; David Kelbaugh ’99, founder of Chicago-based Tacklebox Brand Strategy and formerly with Leo Burnett and Ogilvy & Mather; Yvette Simpson ’00, member of Cincinnati City Council, attorney with Ulmer & Berne, and founding director of Miami’s pre-law program; and Chad Wollett ’02, coordinating producer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

In April, the library kicked off a new exhibit "And Now, Live From Miami, WMUB..." with a panel discussion on WMUB’s legacy at Miami, featuring former NBC VP Rick Ludwin '70; WXVU’s news director Maryanne Zeleznik '83; filmmaker and founder Cider Mill Productions and Dog Day Film Ryan Lewis '02; and current WVXU reporter Tana Weingartner MA '07. The exhibit runs through Aug. 12 at King Library.

As freshmen orientation begins (class of 2020!) and summer unfolds, we have workshops going on in New York and Washington, D.C. Our first workshop in Cuba also just began under the direction of journalism faculty Patti Newberry and Joe Sampson.

Finally, our Writing Scholars program, which is now partnered with the English department, just recruited 25 outstanding young writers from all across the country.

I’d like to once again thank all of our MJF alumni who do so much for us by supporting student scholarships, our workshops, and our teaching mission. We remain grateful.

Richard Campbell