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UROP
Two Communication and Media Studies students have applied and received funding for their research with faculty under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Media Studies junior Colin Cundy will work with Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matthew Killmeier. Timothy Sprague, senior in Communication, will work with Professor of Communication Leonard Shedletsky. “Research has always been an intense interest of mine; having the opportunity to work with a consummate professional in Dr. Shedletsky, and in addition to be awarded UROP funding, is an honor to say the least,” said Timothy Sprague, recipient and senior in Communication.
The hands-on service learning capstone projects provide students the opportunity to practice their skills in the field, working closely with the organizations’ staff on all levels of research, planning, and execution of documentary film production.
Student working in production studio.
Students of the CMS 440/441 Advanced Field Video Production Spring 2015 course hosted actor auditions to cast roles for their short dramatic scenes. The finished films will be screened at the 2015 Academic Film Showcase on May 6th in Talbot Auditorium on the Portland campus.
Ryan Weed, Anthony Dighello, Alyssa Thomsen
The short documentary, A National Heritage-Schoodic Peninsula, by Alyssa Thomson, Anthony Dighello, Derek Goodrich, and Ryan Weed has been accepted into the USM Juried Student Exhibition.
Brittany Pace
Brittany Pace, senior in media studies and theatre, will be interning for the Summer 2015 semester at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the longest running international dance festival in the United States. Brittany, along with one other intern, will be filming all aspects of this prestigious international festival. She will also be involved with theatrical processes of many performances at the festival.
Maine Association of Broadcasters Winners for 2015
Media Studies seniors Julia Giancola and Cathlin Smith have been chosen to receive the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award for spring 2015. Cat and Julia were chosen as a result of nomination from the media studies faculty at USM based on interest in broadcasting and their promise in the field. Thank you Maine Association of Broadcasters for funding this award! Read the recipients’ interviews …
interpretation of S(her)lock
Read about Media Studies senior Kate Tracy's Kickstarter campaign to fund a new web series, "S(her)lock". The series features a cast and crew of mostly USM students and aims to play with traditional gender roles and feminist theory. The Press Herald article is available here: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/30/usm-media-student-casting-female-lead-for-sherlock-web-series/ To check out the Kickstarter campaign, go to Kickstarter.com and search for S(her)lock.
Shot from Student Video
Student work from Professor Killmeier's media studies senior project class is now available on the Communication and Media Studies Production Vimeo page. Enjoy the show at http://vimeo.com/cmsvideo/videos.
CMS students meet with Irwin Gratz of MPBN
Table Talk, podcasts from Students in the Communication and Media Studies course, CMS 220-Radio Production I, are now available in the WMPG archive. (http://www.wmpg.org/archivefiles/mes220.htm) Interviewed guests include Elise Johannsen of Equity Maine, Patty Guette of End 68 Hours of Hunger, Dr. Patrice Lockhart, and Catherine Lake. Also, Professors Matthew Killmeier of Communication and Media Studies, Lisa Walker of English, and Michael Hillard of Economics are interviewed.
Higgins and Marcroft, Juniors in Media Studies
Patrick Higgins and Cody Marcroft, both juniors in the media studies major, served on a panel on millenials' media usage at the Maine Association of Broadcasters' 2014 Convention on September 27 in Portland. Higgins and Marcroft, along with two other area college students, discussed how they and their peers use media with fellow millenial Madison Zinsenheim, a Client Service Executive at Nielsen, Inc., in New York, and fielded questions from Maine broadcasters.

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