Florida International University’s Journalism + Media department will be launching bureaus in Washington, DC and New York City next week, a move school officials say is part of a larger initiative to enhance the learning experience of journalism students.
The new bureaus are an extension of the South Florida Media Network, a student-produced media platform created by the department’s faculty and Brian Schriner, the dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. The network also includes the South Florida News Service, the arts publication Inspicio and the professor-led projects Eyes on the Rise and Urban Boulevard.
“FIU’s Journalism + Media is committed to an experiential, content-producing curriculum that prepares graduates for meaningful careers and leadership positions,” said Schriner.
The bureaus are designed, he said, to offer journalism and media students the opportunity to study and work in some of the country’s most newsy cities. Students will have the opportunity to work and network with professional journalists, community leaders and FIU alumni.
The program is partnering with Alley, which is providing space in its co-working offices in both cities.
Participants of the program will engage in academic discussions, conduct investigative fieldwork and attend professional workshops and events.
Gabriel Poblete is a recent FIU graduate who will spend the fall semester stationed at the Washington bureau. He hopes to be able to cover the midterm elections.
“It’s going to be an invaluable experience,” said Poblete, who served as SFNS’ managing editor over the summer. “I’ve long felt only the best journalists get to cover Washington.”
Each program will have its own unique focus. The Washington bureau will focus on the relationship between politics and journalism, while the bureau in New York City will focus on the ways to respond and resolve pressing social issues.
“[The bureaus] will provide the South Florida community with stories from New York City and Washington that may have a direct impact,” said Professor Allan Richards, digital director of the South Florida Media Network.
Both launch celebrations will be live-streamed on Facebook and will be viewable in the Media Hub in Academic II on the Biscayne Bay Campus. The Washington launch will take place on Sept. 10, while the New York launch is scheduled for Sept. 11. Both will take place between 10 am and 12 pm.
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