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🎉 Welcome Back!

Dear Students,

Happy new year and welcome new and returning students to the Spring 2021 semester!  I hope that you have all had a wonderful winter break and are ready for the exciting term ahead.

As always, the Department of Journalism + Media strives to offer its students an exciting and safe environment in which to learn, grow, and reach their highest potential. To this end, we would like to highlight some key changes and updates to the spring semester designed to ensure an enriching and successful learning experience during these challenging times.

Academic Calendar 

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, FIU has removed Spring Break 2021 from the academic calendar.  The Spring semester will still begin as scheduled on January 11, 2021 and will end on April 24, a week earlier than originally planned. Please see the updated FIU Academic Calendar for more information.

Course Offerings and Attending Classes 

The Spring 2021 schedule offers a robust selection of online, in-person, and hybrid courses. These course modalities are designed to give students the flexibility to build a semester schedule that best aligns with their comfort level for returning to campus. Students may choose to take all courses online or combine both online and in-person options.

Courses that require on-campus presence will be delivered in limited-occupancy classrooms and all students, faculty, and staff must adhere to University safety requirements: wear a mask, wash your hands often, maintain social distancing, and sanitize your work area before and after use. Remember that if you forget to bring a mask, they are available in vending machines free of charge.  

Lastly, As part of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, it is very important that anyone planning to be on campus complete the Panthers Protecting Panthers (P3) Online Safety Screening Questionnaire before the start of each day. This questionnaire can be filled out using the P3 app, which may be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple store. Because our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, the P3 app will give or deny users clearance to return to campus each day depending on reported answers to the questionnaire.

Equipment Access 

Video equipment will be available by appointment only from the equipment room. As always, please follow the equipment room policy requirements closely to allow staff sufficient time to check and sanitize the equipment before it is checked out again.

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Faculty Hours 

Our dedicated faculty continue to be here to support and advocate for your academic success. During the Spring 2021 semester, faculty will continue to offer office hours either remotely via Zoom or on-campus, when appropriate.

I look forward to working with all of you in the months ahead and wish you the best of luck for a successful semester!

Teresa Ponte, J.D., M.A.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Journalism + Media
School of Communication + Journalism

Department of Journalism + Media

The Department of Journalism + Media in the School of Communication + Journalism is a dynamic, digitally centered environment, focused on creating innovative and entrepreneurial content while maintaining a commitment to the tenets of writing and the aims of journalism. Our faculty are internationally recognized for their work in researching the effects of social media, media literacy, and issues of power, race, and ideology in journalism.

Students in the journalism and broadcasting majors work directly with career professionals, conducting research and not just learning the trade of journalism in a digital age, but producing it; while students in the Digital Media Studies major become some of the industry’s up-and-coming media professionals and innovators, tackling the trials of social media and enhancing communication through art, music, journalism, and other forms of expression.

Courses in the Department of Journalism + Media, allow students to:
• become empowered to create change locally through documentaries
• develop advanced and nationally recognized web-apps related to sea level rise
• hone visual storytelling skills through virtual reality
• publish in leading media outlets, books, academic journals, and public art installations

The Department of Journalism + Media is the place to position one’s self among professionals and scholars with networks and experiences that help students gain internships, produce meaningful messages, and prepare for innovative and advanced careers in building the next generation of media.

Chair’s Message


Future Students

In the Department of Journalism + Media, explore studies in Broadcast Media, Journalism, and Digital Communication and Media, as well as a bilingual master’s program in Spanish-Language Journalism. Click below to get your application started.


Current Students

Find what you need in order to become a Panther, not just a student. Click below to quickly access important links and information.


SFMN | Bureaus

The Journalism + Media SFMN | Washington and SFMN | New York Bureau Programs are designed to offer students the opportunity to study in one of the most newsworthy locations and media centers in the world while networking with professional journalists, community leaders, and FIU alumni.


While the University Financial Aid Office is the first place to check to see what kinds of options are available, our department also offers scholarships to which you can apply.


Internships + Jobs

Whether you’re a student looking for an internship or an alum looking for a post-degree position, we’re here to help!



Take a look at some Frequently Asked Questions about the Department of Journalism + Media.


Degree Programs in the Department of Journalism + Media

Broadcast Media





Bachelor of Science in Digital Communication and Media


Master of Science in Communication: Spanish-Language Journalism


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