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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs News

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Its academic programs focus on effective public policymaking, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.

Current Urban Affairs News

Jade Thomas looks up as she prepares for a live news broadcast
Campus News | January 30, 2023

Jade Thomas brings her love of the game to the viewers as part of the student-led broadcast program Rebel Report. 

Dominic Lavoie holds a phone up to his ear during a news segment on a basketball game.
People | January 30, 2023

Inspired by his love of sports, Dominic Lavoie brings fresh energy to sports journalism.

Teneka Ash takes notes during a broadcast show at a basketball game.
People | January 30, 2023

Senior film major Teneka Ash dives into sports journalism as a member of the Rebel Report team.

Three students write on notepads while covering a basketball game for a sports broadcast.
People | January 27, 2023

Covering stories about the Vegas sports scene has been a dream come true for UNLV students.

Claytee White seated on stage with microphone
Business and Community | January 11, 2023

UNLV discussion series brings community together for conversations on ways to address systemic racism and find solutions; event coincides with a new exhibit on the first floor of Lied Library.

photo illustration of man holding large camera
People | January 9, 2023

He never intended to fall for photography, but after this UNLV alum found out what it was like to take a good shot during an elective class — he was hooked.

Urban Affairs In The News

Nevada Current
February 3, 2023

Back in October, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV officially opened its first dedicated building, on its 9-acre campus on Shadow Lane in central Las Vegas. It was heralded as the beginning of a new era, the opening of a state-of-the art facility that will allow the medical school to eventually double the size of its graduating classes, anchor future development in the medical field and help address the widespread shortage of healthcare professionals across the state.

Tallahassee Democrat
January 28, 2023

When I read the sign posted at the St. Marks Headwaters Greenway off Baum Road, I wondered about its wording. It was direct and clear. What I wondered about was the psychology behind the words. How do you communicate a concern about arsonists and their activity that does not embolden them, but encourages them to reconsider?

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
January 27, 2023

It's National News Literacy Week. A chance to reflect on the vital role of gathering and sharing news and information. It's a lesson the next generation of journalists are learning everyday in classrooms across the country.

Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2023

The cycle of police violence and protest in America has so often been told as a story of white officers killing Black men that three words — “Black lives matter” — stand as global shorthand.

Daily Item
January 20, 2023

The growing number of law enforcement agencies across the Valley, state and nation adding body cameras to their tool kit is a good thing, for both the officers and the citizens they are charged with protecting.

Police 1
January 17, 2023

Every cop in every city can name a dozen spots within their jurisdiction that might call a hot spot or the place where drugs are sold, burglaries occur, or maybe where the next shooting will happen. It may not be so easy to articulate why, off-hand, but concepts like Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and of course, crime maps can help.

Urban Affairs Experts

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An expert on local government and public policy. 

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

February 1, 2023
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Nick Paliewicz (University of Louisville) published a paper, "Of Markets, Masks, and (White) Men: Mimetic Performances of Parasitic Publicity During the COVID-19 Pandemic," in Women's Studies in Communication. The paper argues that the anti-masking and anti-vaccination subreddit community known…
January 25, 2023
Laura V. Martinez (Communication Studies) and her co-authors Alaina C. Zanin and Sarah J. Tracy from Arizona State University have been named recipients of the Top Paper Award for their work: "Occupational Socialization and Identification in Pain Work: (Re)Conceptualizing the Experience of Pain as an Interactional, Co-constructed Process." The…
January 25, 2023
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) was acknowledged as one of the top 25 researchers within the Communication Studies discipline over the past five years in a recent publication in the journal, Communication Education titled, "Scholarly productivity in communication studies: A five-year review (2017-2021)." In the study, the authors…
January 20, 2023
Matthew Gyger (Social Work), Stephanie Borene (Educational Outreach), Ramona Denby (Social Work), and Sara Hunt (Medicine), along with Efren Gomez from the University of Michigan and Amanda Klein-Cox from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-authored the paper, "Using SBIRT (Screen, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)…
January 11, 2023
The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies is excited to announce that UNLV's radio station, KUNV (91.5 Jazz)/Las Vegas, won a national award: The 2022 Beats Magazine Smooth Jazz Station Of The Year. The award recognized: Jason Beatty, operations manager Kim Linzy, music director An excerpt from the article announcing the station…
December 12, 2022
Each year during the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, OUR recognizes and honors UNLV undergraduate researchers who demonstrate and exemplify excellence in research. OUR awards one undergraduate researcher in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHS) and one undergraduate researcher in Health and…