Our Department’s Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is justifiably famous for maintaining, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Historical Society, one of the world’s great film archives. WCFTR is also committed to the Wisconsin Idea of outreach, and a splendid incarnation of that mission is WCFTR’s participation in the Oneida Nation Film Preservation project.
Communication Arts Professor Derek Johnson is the recent co-recipient of the Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the International Communication Association’s (ICA) Popular Communication Division.
In the last few years, crowdfunding has exploded in popularity. Sites like Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com provide easy-to-use platforms for people to create campaigns to fund creative projects. Such projects range from new inventions, to video games, to films, and more. Each campaign sets a fundraising goal that must be met in order for the campaign to receive the money at all.
Last year, Milwaukee freelance journalist Martin Hintz contacted the Department of Communication Arts for research assistance. A prolific author, Hintz plans to write a biography on the pioneering war photojournalist Dickey Chapelle. The nearby Wisconsin Historical Society hosts the Dickey Chapelle archive, so he sought out Communication Arts and its graduate students.
On Sunday, Communication Arts alumna Jill Soloway won her first Golden Globe. Soloway walked away from the ceremony with the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy or Musical for her show Transparent.