Student Media Advising2022-11-09T20:18:25+00:00

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Student Media Advising

Why Enroll In Jou 5806 Student Media Advising

Designed to help journalism teachers and advisers at the high school and junior college level, this course emphasizes the technical aspects of producing all types of student media, as well as the legal and ethical considerations facing today’s advisers. In addition, attention is given to matters pertaining to curriculum and methodology for effective journalistic instruction. No matter if you are a first-year or seasoned adviser, this course will help you streamline your classroom and publication or production.

This course qualifies as a Florida Department of Education Appropriate Topics for Renewal Credit and satisfies three (3) semester hours of college credit for certificate renewal.

JOU 5806 will incorporate course development, establishing student media policies and operations, writing job descriptions (including the adviser), developing your daily curriculum (including assessments), media compilation and distribution. We will also examine the rights and responsibilities of journalism educators and education on local, state, and national levels and provide a brief history of the student press in Florida. Advisers will develop tools and strategies to apply day one in their classrooms.


Course Schedule

JOU 5806 Student Media Advising is offered during the summer term and can be completed in as little as six weeks. As a hybrid course, students meet in person just once per week, and have the flexibility to complete additional coursework online in their own time.

Course duration: May 9, 2022 – June 17, 2022         

Meeting days/time: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

How To Enroll

In order to enroll in this course, interested applicants must first submit a Non-Degree Seeking Student Application for admission into the University. For complete application information and non-degree seeking student requirements visit

In addition, applicants must also submit the Student Media Advising Intake Form.

Once your Non-Degree Seeking Student application has been processed and intake form has been received, you will be granted departmental permission to register into the following course:

JOU 5806 Student Media Advising – 3 credits

Summer Session A (6 weeks)

Section: P80A

Course number: 55581

Instructor: Dr. Karla Kennedy

Visit FIU OneStop for information on how to add/drop classes as well as registration deadlines. Note that Late registration fees apply after the deadline to initiate registration:

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About Your Instructor

Karla Kennedy, Ph.D. taught journalism and advised student media in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 17 years. She’s advised and published yearbooks and newspapers at Palm Springs Middle School, North Miami Senior High, and Miami Norland Senior High. She was one of the first television production teachers in MDCPS and established the Pioneer Communications Bureau (PCB) at North Miami Senior High which ran a small network of programs including news and talk shows.

Kennedy has a rich history in scholastic journalism. In fact, she was the editor of her high school newspaper and worked on the yearbook at Miami Northwestern Senior High. Her love and passion for student voice happened in middle school when she became intrigued with the First Amendment, particularly the protected right to free speech.

In 2000, she met Dr. Lillian Kopenhaver, Florida International University Dean Emeritus, as a student in the Student Media Advising course. The course was packed with viable strategies and information that could be applied in the classroom at any time. What she learned in that first course, would have an everlasting effect, and changed and shaped her trajectory as a teacher, student media adviser, and scholar.

Kennedy went on to complete her master’s degree in Student Media Advising from FIU and obtain a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Her research focused on First Amendment court cases involving student speech. Her dissertation dealt with the infamous Supreme Court case, Morse v. Frederick (Bong HiTs 4 Jesus) and its effect(s) on society’s perspective of student voice.

In 2012, she moved to Portland Oregon and worked for the University of Oregon as the inaugural Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator. In that role, she also served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Scholastic Press Association and organized the state’s annual event, Fall Press Day.

She has been the guest speaker and panelists at many events and facilitated and presented at national, regional, and local events, conferences, and workshops. She was awarded the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award from the University of Oregon and was honored as the Morty Schaap Florida Journalism Teacher of the Year award from the Florida Scholastic Press Association.

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in this course pay the in-state graduate tuition rate of $456.00 per academic credit hour plus fees.

For information on payment methods, visit the FIU OneStop Office website at

Contact your school district to find out information on eligibility for course reimbursement.

Campus Location

FIU at I-75

The FIU at I-75 academic center in Miramar provides undergraduate and graduate degrees to busy students throughout South Florida. Shared with Broward College, the campus offers morning and night classes on weekdays and fast-track weekend programs optimal for adult learners. For Broward College students, a simplified transfer process makes it easier to transition to FIU.

The 89,000-sqft. complex offers programs from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Engineering & Computing and is equipped with offices, classrooms, a student lounge, and study space.

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