Communication and Media Studies Department


USM Media Studies Seniors Produce Documentary Films for Local Nonprofits

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.

Advanced Production Students Host Actor Auditions

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.

Media Studies Students Represented in Juried Exhibition

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 to Intern at Jacob's Pillow

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.

Media Studies Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winners

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 …

Media Studies Student to Kickstart 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: To check out the Kickstarter campaign, go to and search for S(her)lock.

Media Studies Senior Projects

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

Communication and Media Studies Student Podcasts

Table Talk, podcasts from Students in the Communication and Media Studies course, CMS 220-Radio Production I, are now available in the WMPG archive. ( 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.

Media Studies Majors Serve on Maine Association of Broadcasters Panel

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.

Geoffrey Leighton's Film ARRT! Wins Competition

Geoffrey Leighton, CMS Instructor, was one of nine winners of the Maine Film and Video Association's 2014 Maine Short Film Competition. Leighton's short documentary, This Is ARRT! looks at the the Union of Maine Visual Artist's group, the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!). The film is available on Vimeo (