Message from the Director2023-01-12T15:44:40+00:00

Letter from Interim Director Susan Jacobson

Welcome to the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media!

While the university was preparing for Winter Break, CARTA Dean Brian Schriner was working to finalize a generous $10 million gift to the Department of Journalism & Media from Mr. Lee Caplin. Our department is now the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media. Mr. Caplin is a film producer and entrepreneur whose credits include the TV series True Detective and movies like Ali. Mr. Caplin is also the executor of the literary estate of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, and oversees all media produced from Faulkner’s work. We are all grateful to Mr. Caplin’s generosity and what it means to the students and faculty and future of our School.

The Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media offers an education in multiplatform communication skills built upon a solid base of critical thinking. Students can expect to learn content creation for the web, mobile, TV, streaming platforms, augmented reality, virtual reality and social media while honing their multimedia storytelling skills in writing, video, photography, podcasting, data visualization and more. Beginning in Fall 2023, the School will offer two new majors: Game Media for game design and development, and Animation Media. We will also offer a new Certificate in Creative Digital Filmmaking in conjunction with the Department of Theatre. Students will be able to take Film Appreciation (FIL 2001), Intro to Acting and Directing for TV/Film (TPP 3265) and Writing for Film in Fall 2023, and Sound Design and Digital Cinematography in Spring 2024. Students may use this or any certificate program to fulfill the Area of Concentration requirement.

Located within the vibrant news and media mecca of South Florida, the department offers internships and experiential learning opportunities with high-profile media companies like NBC Universal, Univision, the E.W. Scripps Network and The Miami Herald. Our students have won dozens of regional media awards in the last two years, and our publication, The South Florida Media Network, was named The Best College News Website in 2020 by Editor & Publisher Magazine. We have recently upgraded our newsroom and broadcast facilities, and students may work in augmented and virtual reality in our new Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR). With enthusiastic Academic Advisors, Career Specialists, and a dedicated, award-winning faculty, we are confident you will succeed in any venture you may choose. But your connection to FIU does not end when you graduate. The Department and the university offer many networking and professional development opportunities for our alumni.

We have four undergraduate majors: Digital Journalism, Digital Broadcasting, Digital and Interactive Media and Digital TV and Multimedia Production. The Spanish-Language Master’s program is a one-of-a-kind graduate degree designed for bilingual students interested in pursuing careers in Hispanic media in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Students may select one of two concentrations: Multimedia Journalism or Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Undergraduate students who wish to earn a graduate degree immediately may enroll in our 4+1 Program, where students earn both an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in five years.

You will be hearing from me over the next year letting you know about the exciting opportunities we have planned. Look for messages from us via your FIU e-mail. Our department website has many resources that will help you. Find internship and job opportunities on Handshake, FIU’s internship database. You will also find resources available to make your academic journey a success, including information about advising and student groups like The Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Visit the FIU Scholarships site for more information on various scholarship opportunities.

I look forward to working closely with you as you transition into a new path.


Susan Jacobson, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology