Communication Studies

Fast Forward Digital Media Workshop

UNI’s Fast Forward Digital Media Workshop returns on Nov. 4 for expert media panels and demonstrations. The day-long event offers participants seven workshop sessions from which to choose, and a keynote discussion with Christopher Cook, the co-director of Kinnick: The Documentary (2022).

This year’s media workshop will feature sessions that include:

  • Covering the News for Media Outlets
  • Capturing and Editing Creative Content
  • How to Improve On-Air Skills
  • Producing Live Multi-Camera Broadcasts 
  • Sports Media Coverage
  • Creating Long-Format Media (Shows, Documentaries and Films)
  • Drones and New Technology

Panel guests include Nicole Agee, the Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter of KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids; Kelsey Hammer Parks, Emmy Award-winning creator at Kelsey Hammer Productions in Waterloo; Tyler Brinegar, producer and director, Iowa PBS; Zach Everman, founder of Pixel Labs in Cedar Falls; and Brad Wells, announcer for ESPN, NBC Chicago, Iowa PBS, and FloHoops.

Fast Forward is open to high school, community college and university students and staff at no cost, and a free lunch is provided. This annual event is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication and Media, with the generous support of the Iowa Broadcasters Association Foundation. Register at https://chas.uni.edu/cm/department-events/fast-forward.

Northeast Iowa premiere of KINNICK: The Documentary

Experience the Northeast Iowa premiere of KINNICK: The Documentary. The film tells the story of Nile Kinnick – child of the Depression, winner of the Heisman Trophy, and pilot in WW2. The story reveals what pushed a young man from Adel, Iowa to ascend to the realm of legend in the minds of sports fans across the nation. The 2022 film will be screened Nov. 3, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A with co-director Christopher Cook (UNI, 2008) following the film.

A Decade of Digital Innovation

Come see IDS project work from every bundle over a decade of coding and creativity. We'll also feature Oculus Rift (Metaverse) demos, deep fakes, geolocation, and digital archive projects, visual history timelines, photomontages and animations, and dedicated booths for each of the IDS emphases.  Grab some graphic giveaways! Meet IDS Alums!

Interpreters Theatre: Hi God

"Hi God," written, directed and performed by Grace Mertz.

How much does education change you? Metaphor, comedy and brutal honesty collide as Grace, a graduate student, figures out how to be a person of faith in the academic world. In an eclectic night of music and performance, Grace writes a series of letters to God and invited audiences to reflect on their own complicated relationships with knowledge and faith.

Interpreters Theatre: Hi God

"Hi God," written, directed and performed by Grace Mertz.

How much does education change you? Metaphor, comedy and brutal honesty collide as Grace, a graduate student, figures out how to be a person of faith in the academic world. In an eclectic night of music and performance, Grace writes a series of letters to God and invited audiences to reflect on their own complicated relationships with knowledge and faith.