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Knight Center for International Media opens

New center for communication

By: Nicole J. Bradley // Contributing News Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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Although it takes a keen eye to notice the hidden offices of the University of Miami's Knight Center for International Media, the goals of the center may have a worldwide impact.

Located on the west side of the School of Communication courtyard, the center is a meeting place for journalists and educators to work on exposing and communicating to the public significant but under-publicized issues of global importance.

The topics of interest are derived from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The center takes on international anchor projects that are carefully designed to utilize collaborative research and multimedia efforts to spotlight each issue.

Currently, the center is engaged in a global multimedia project about the diminishing sources of usable water.

"The Knight Center for International Media is interested in bringing attention to under-reported issues of global significance," said Sanjeev Chatterjee, a professor in the School of Communication and executive director of the Knight Center.

The center, established in February 2007 with a grant from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is equipped with a multimedia room that includes a green screen, a lounge area, editing suites, an observation/conference room and two offices.

"It is really busy all the time," said Lauren Janetos, the center's coordinator.

Earlier this year, the Knight Foundation and the School of Communication appointed two veteran journalists as the Knight Chairs in journalism.

Joe Treaster, renowned for his work in the New York Times, is the Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication, and environmental journalist Rich Beckman is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism.

Covering issues in Asia, South and Central America and Africa, the Knight Center is a great place for students to gain journalism experience, global knowledge and career opportunities.

The center offers many opportunities for students interested in the field of journalism, but it also gives students possessing a range of talents, skills and interests a chance to be part of the team. Recent UM graduate Walyce Almeida contributed to the center by editing language, and aiding in translations of Portuguese and Spanish.

"We're looking for people in and out of the school," Janetos said. "Anyone who is interested in what we do."

Nicole Bradley may be contacted at n.bradley2@umiami.edu.
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