Teresa Ponte | Chair and Associate Professor
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Rutgers University School of Law
Master’s Degree, International Relations
Bachelor of Arts
New York University
Areas of Expertise
Media law, television broadcasting, multimedia news production, trauma among journalists
Teresa Ponte, J.D., M.A., chair and associate professor, is an award-winning journalist with a 25-year career working at CBS News, NBC News, Telemundo Network, and Newsweek among other media organizations. She specialized in covering Latin America and the southeastern U.S., field producing stories that included Central America during the 1980’s time of war and upheaval in the region, the Japan embassy hostage crisis in Lima, Peru, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Havana, Cuba. She was the executive editor of Divina.com, an innovative online bilingual magazine launched for a U.S. Hispanic and Latin American audience. Ponte was awarded a team National Emmy in the News and Documentary category for the coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing.
Ponte joined the School of Communication + Journalism faculty in 1999, leading the broadcast journalism sequence teaching courses on reporting, writing, and producing. She supervised her students’ on-camera reports for “The Don Strock Show,” a weekly broadcast that aired on WTVJ/NBC-6. With colleague Kate MacMillin, Ponte produced a video on the founding class of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. As an early adopter of multimedia multi-platform journalism in the classroom, Ponte has taken an active role in modifying the SCJ curriculum to include visual literacy, multimedia production, and digital skills. She co-founded the SCJ’s award-winning South Florida News Service, a student produced bilingual digital-first news organization.
She has been a judge of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Florida Bar Media Awards, and the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards.
Alejandro Alvarado | Associate Professor
Born in Mexico City, Dr. Alejandro Alvarado is a communications consultant with proven track record in Public Relations, Public Affairs, Journalism and academia. He is the Coordinator of the Spanish-language Journalism Master’s program, and Spanish-language Editor of the South Florida News Service. He co-chairs the annual Journalists and Editors Workshop, and was Chair of the Hispanic Communications Conference Series, and Director of the Telemundo Hispanic Media Futures Program at Florida International University.
As Public Relations professional, Dr. Alvarado worked as Vice President at Porter Novelli, and Senior Public Relations Consultant at Miami’s advertising agency Turkel, managing clients in the U.S. Hispanic market and Latin America, including Fortune 500 companies and Latin American governments. He is founder and president of Alvarado Communications, a consulting public relations firm, and founder and communication strategist at 720 Grados, a political consulting firm.
As a journalist, Dr. Alvarado has an extensive career that includes broadcast, print, and digital media. He was the producer and host of CBS-Telenoticias daily business-news segment and as a business anchor for the show “Gira Europea”; copy editor and producer at Univision’s show “Aquí y Ahora” and Managing Editor of CNet Latin America.
Dr. Alvarado worked for the Mexican government. His latest position was Consul of Mexico in Miami.
Dr. Alvarado has written opinion articles for El Nuevo Herald, La Raza, La Prensa de Nueva York, La Voz de Phoenix, Vista Magazine, among other publications in the U.S. Hispanic media, and El Universal, Reforma, El Norte, El Nacional, La Revista Proceso, and Animal Politico, in Mexico.
He is autor of “Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra!” Immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces. 2005, Random House Mondadori; Evolving Realities of US Hispanic Media, 2012, Florida International University; Silencio de Otoño, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari’s National Security Policy in 1993; and “Diccionario de Administración Pública, from the Nacional Association of Public Administrators in Mexico.
Alejandro Alvarado holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Mexico, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in International from the University of Miami.
Mario Diament | Associate Professor
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Mario Diament, M.A. associate professor, born in Argentina, is a veteran foreign correspondent and a former executive editor of one of the leading newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Has been appointed to the National Academy of Journalism, Argentina’s most professional academy, which is composed of 40 permanent members appointed for life. Diament is also a playwright and has had plays produced in the U.S. and abroad.
Dan Evans | Associate Professor, News Director and Executive Editor for the SFNS
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Dan Evans is the News Director and Content Chief of the South Florida News Service. He also is an associate professor of journalism at Florida International University. Prior beginning work at FIU in February 2016, he worked at the Los Angeles Times as its community news editor. During his tenure, his publications received more than 80 local, state and national awards, including an EPPY from Editor and Publisher in 2012 for having the best news website in the country. He has also worked at the San Francisco Examiner, Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Daily Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Leonardo Ferreira | Professor
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Professor Leonardo Ferreira is a Worlds Ahead Scholar in International Communication and Director of International Programs at Florida International University’s School of Communication and Journalism. He is a Faculty Advisory Board member of the University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC).
A mass media Ph.D. graduate from Michigan State University with a J.D. degree granted by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Law School, Professor Ferreira is a specialist in the study of comparative communication law and ethics, Latin American media history, and journalism for social development including ethnic and community reporting. A regular contributor to the BBC World Service/BBC Mundo, he was a Martin Luther King-César Chávez-Rosa Parks Doctoral Fellow in the State of Michigan. A legal consultant to Bloomberg News, Freedom House, and the Grupo de Diarios América (GDA), he has also worked with the U.S. Department of State, UNESCO, UNICEF, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), the International Center for Higher Studies in Communication for Latin America (CIESPAL), Fleishman-Hillard, and the Dominican Republic’s Office of the First Lady and FUNGLODE (the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development), among others.
Dr. Ferreira has published works in Anglo and Latin American academic journals and encyclopedias. His book Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism (Praeger, 2006) was a bestseller among U.S. libraries. Choice magazine of the American Library Assocation (ALA) called it: “Probably the most detailed account of the Latin American mass media ever written in English” (May 2007). His second book, Frames of Freedom: Press rules and jurisprudence in the Americas, will be published in 2016 (Palgrave Macmillan). He is also working on a textbook about the indigenous contribution to communication in the Americas (Native Journalism: From Precolumbian to Contemporary Times, scheduled for 2017). A fourth edition of his trilogy on Latin American media regulation (three separate chapters about Argentina, Chile, and Mexico), published in the International Libel & Privacy Handbook and edited by Global Media Bloomberg News (Wiley, 2013), will be released in 2016.
Susan Jacobson | Assistant Professor
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PhD, Arts and Humanities
New York University
MPS, Interactive Telecommunications
New York University
University of Florida
Areas of Expertise
Social media and media effects
New media and journalism
Expressive qualities of multimedia
Dr. Jacobson has worked in new media her entire professional and academic career. She received an MPS from New York University’s top-ranked Interactive Telecommunications Program and later earned a Ph.D. from New York University.
Her research is concerned with how social media shapes the relationship between journalists and news audiences, the impact of new media on journalism and the expressive qualities of multimedia. Her work has been published in top-ranked journals such as New Media and Society and The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
She has won fellowships and awards from the CMM Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Media Ecology Association and the Warburg Institute. She is active in new media industry organizations, and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association and the World Wide Web Artists Consortium of New York City.
Karla Kennedy | Visiting Instructor
Dr. Karla D. Kennedy is a Florida native who has been involved in student speech and publications since her days in junior high school. Kennedy, a strong advocate for the freedoms and rights of students and student journalists, has advised various high school media for 19 years in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She holds a Doctorate from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, and a Master degree in Student Media Advising from Florida International University. She served as the first Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator for the University of Oregon at the George S. Turnbull Center located in downtown Portland, as well as the Executive Director of the Northwest Scholastic Press Association from 2012 to 2015. While at UO, she was honored with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Award in Equity and Inclusion. In 2007, the Florida Scholastic Press Association recognized Kennedy as the Morty Schaap Florida Journalism Teacher of the Year. She has taught Writing for Mass Communications, Writing Strategies, Multimedia Production, Media Law and Ethics, and Public Speaking. She wrote the curriculum and taught the Summer Journalism Institute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami as well as advised the museum’s student publication, the MOCA’Zine. Kennedy is Head of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication and has taken up the New Voices Florida initiative. She has coauthored two law journal publications, and is very interested in continuing research in the area of student media law and First Amendment rights for students and student journalists.
Kate MacMillin | Associate Professor
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Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media, Kate MacMillin has a B.A. from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Kate is the producer of the award-winning documentary “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” which aired on WPBT2 in 2014 and was repurposed by PBS NewsHour for their national newscast, as well as featured in the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. She and three other SCJ colleges won the prestigious 2014-15 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant to conduct community-engaged journalism about the threats of sea level rise in South Florida.
In 2006 she won a School Excellence in Teaching award. In 2009, she co-executive produced the HIV/AIDS documentary “Lessons from South Africa,” and the Web series “The Stigma Stops with Me.” This two-year AIDS initiative culminated in a one-hour special, “Tell Somebody: The New Face of AIDS,” which aired on WPBT, October 15, 2009. In the spring of 2010, she and former Associate Dean, Allan Richards, were honored to pass the first round of 2010 Knight News Challenge cuts for “Tell Somebody: Raising community awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Florida.”
Kate is a 40-year TV veteran, having produced for PBS, cable and network television. She began her career at WBZ-TV/Boston as and editor of children’s and documentary programs. In the ‘80s she moved to NYC where she supervised the educational TV series for cable, “The Animal Express,” starring Joan Embery. Called to WTTW/Chicago to create programming for public television, she stayed for 10 years directing, producing and co-writing nationally and internationally distributed programs. In the ‘90s she entered the burgeoning documentary cable business at Towers Productions/Chicago as the supervising producer of “The Unexplained,” an award-winning A&E 54-hour series. As VP of development, she secured the much sought-after option for The New York Times bestseller, “Blind Man’s Bluff,” which aired on The History Channel. She also developed their first co-pro with the New York Times, “Times Capsule,” a two-hour millennium special.
She is the CEO of MacMillin Consulting, Inc. and has recently sold the TV and film rights for John Virtue’s book: “South of the Color Barrier: How Jorge Pasquel and the Mexican League Pushed Baseball Toward Racial Integration” to TeamWorks Media/Chicago.
Lilliam Martinez-Bustos | Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator
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Lilliam Martínez-Bustos is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator of the Internship & Career program in the Department of Journalism and Media.
She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism. She also teaches media courses in the SCJ study abroad program in Seville, Spain. Her research interests include trends in multimedia and Spanish-language news coverage of Latin America, immigration and other issues affecting the fast-growing Latino community in the United States. She has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters with colleague Mercedes Vigón on topics ranging from news coverage of the immigration crisis in the United States to coverage of political and environmental issues in Latin American media.
Before joining FIU in the fall of 2007, she spent over two decades as a broadcast journalist in English-language and Spanish-language television. She worked as a producer in the Washington bureaus of the NBC-Telemundo and Univision networks. She’s also worked at local affiliates of PBS, CBS and ABC in Boston. In Miami, she was an executive producer with CBS-Telenoticias network.
She earned a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was one of 10 journalists selected nationwide for a year-long fellowship at the school’s Center for International Journalism.
Neil Reisner | Associate Professor
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Neil Reisner, M.S., associate professor, was a daily newspaper reporter/editor for 25 years, working at the Miami Herald and the Record in Bergen County, NJ, among others. He joined SCJ’s full-time faculty in 2005, after previously serving as an adjunct professor at FIU, Columbia University and Rutgers. As training director for Investigative Reporters & Editors in 1996, Reisner led one-day to one-week seminars for professional journalists in 25 states and Canada. In 2010, Reisner started the Liberty City Link as a pilot project in his Print News Reporting class through which students learned real-world street reporting by covering Liberty City, among Miami’s most downtrodden and reputedly most violent neighborhoods. The project quickly morphed into a partnership with the South Florida Times, a weekly paper serving South Florida’s black communities, which dedicates a full-page each week to stories students write for what they now call “The Link.” Students quickly learn that Liberty City residents are much like they are, trying to make their ways in the world and provide better lives for their children, and the stories they write reflect that reality. The project demonstrates how journalism can empower residents while equipping students with the skills needed to accurately cover a diverse community.
Reisner has contributed to The New York Times, the New York Post, American Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review and Nieman Watchdog, among other publications and frequently speaks at journalism conferences nationwide on ways journalists can best use public records and the Internet. Born in Los Angeles, Reisner has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UCLA and a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before moving to Florida, he lived in New York, New Jersey and Israel. Reisner serves on Investigative Reporters & Editors’ membership committee, the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund Auction Committee.
Allan Richards | Associate Professor, Coordinator of the SCJ Language Skills Digital Program and Writing Center and Digital Director of SFMN
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Master of Arts
Florida International University
Former Associate Dean, Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Director of the SCJ’s Language Skills/Writing Program
Led SJMC’s successful 2014/15 ACEJMC reaccreditation.
Coordinated SJMC’s participation in the 2015 Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition with the Everglades National Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhQu4u_KhJg
Developed the SJMC’s digital journalism program and the School’s digital-first newsmagazine, Fusedonline.com.
Developed the SJMC’s digital language skills program with grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the SJMC’s Writing Center with grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Co-founded SJMC’s award-winning South Florida News Service with The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post. Awarded grants from McCormick Foundation and Scripps Howard Foundation.
Helped establish the New York Times Student Journalism Institute at SJMC.
Conceived SJMC’s Digital Rap Sessions—see . . . The Digital Rap Sessions, or how die-hard traditionalists and emerging media yahoos became One http://www.ojr.org/?s=allan+Richards
Developed digital content projects with WPBT, Discovery Latin America and Univision.
Produced documentary “Lessons from South Africa” comparing media response to HIV/AIDS in South Africa and South Florida. Debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gK6t7CHt64. Aired on South Florida’s Public Broadcasting Station, WPBT.
Journalist, author, writing consultant
Awarded 2009 Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship for Global Health Reporting on HIV/AIDS.
Judge, Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards 2007, 2009-2014.
Michael Scott Sheerin | Director, SCJ Online and Associate Professor
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Master of Science in Communications
Florida International University
Bachelor of Science in Communications
Florida International University
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
University of Miami
Michael Scott Sheerin, M.S., Director of SCJ Online, associate professor and a professional in the broadcast and new media industry for the past 28 years, has developed interactive TV prototypes for Disney and has worked as a designer, animator, art director, creative director, commercial director and producer for such clients as ABC, U.S. Armed Forces, DirecTV, J. Walter Thompson and Nickelodeon.
Michael Scott Sheerin has been teaching at the SCJ since 1994. Starting off as adjunct professor in the TV Production track, he fell in love with the profession. He was brought on board full time at the school as a visiting professor in 2002, expanding his teaching capabilities into the Advertising and PR tracks. In July of 2004, he was named assistant dean of technology and external initiatives. The title was changed to assistant dean of technology the next year, as Sheerin focused on updating the school and curriculum to meet the ideals of a converged industry. He has also served as the chair of the previous Advertising and Public Relations department for the school, as well as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Using his professional knowledge, gained from almost two decades of work in television production and interactive television (as both an art director and creative director), Sheerin advanced many aspects of technology at the school, including the transformation of the TV studio from analog to digital. He also repurposed many of the labs, adding new computers, up-to-date software programs and high-end graphic stations for both Mac and PC users. Understanding the school’s need for a more robust infrastructure, he oversaw the construction of a new server room and helped make the entire SJMC area a wi-fi hot spot. Additionally, he was the lead designer in the creation of the SJMC website that won a national award from the AEJMC for best web design in 2007. Sheerin stepped down from the assistant dean position in 2007 to get back to his teaching and research, but he is still very active in keeping new technology initiatives at the forefront of the school’s mission. That mission includes helping launch the online masters Global Strategic Communications program in his current position as the Director of SCJ Online.
On the teaching and research side, assistant professor Sheerin has been an advocate of incorporating online pedagogical methods into his courses. One of the first SCJ faculty to offer hybrid courses with extensive web tools (his course designs have been used by UTS for many years as “best practice” examples), he continues to bring real world experiences into the classroom. He is proud of the fact that his students are streaming, pod casting and blogging and winnings awards for their work. Streaming student work made it to Nike’s Joga Bonita website during the 2004 World Cup and PSAid’s website, where one spot was the leading internet vote-getter and a finalist in a 2006 national competition. Sheerin’s research includes many aspects of new technologies and television. He has written chapters and articles on the history of television, post-production, and digital imaging, and he co-authored the book “Writing and Reporting for Digital Media,” that was published in 2105 by Kendall Hunt. He has also presented papers on online education, convergence, and post-production issues at national academic and technology conferences. He was SCJ’s “Professor of the Year” in 2006 and was awarded merit recognition from FIU’s Academy for the Art of Teaching for his “Excellence in Teaching” in 2002.
Awards & Recognition
2015 – Outstanding Advisor Award, Kappa Tau Alpha, AEJMC Convention, San Francisco
2014 – Quality Matters accreditation for Introduction to Television online course
2012 – Finalist, Wynwood Photographic Contest
2007 – AEJMC 2007 Best Web Site (Designer)
2006 – SJMC Professor of the Year
2002 – Awarded Merit Recognition for Excellence in Teaching by the Academy for the Art of Teaching, FIU
2002 – Inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha (National Honor Society of Journalism & Mass Communication)
2002 – Awarded F.I.U. Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year
1989 – Awarded F.I.U. Outstanding Academic Achievement
Professional & Creative
2015-current – Photographic Curator, ViewBug
2005-2012 – Board Member, Florida Chapter, Association of Independent Commercial Producers
Addy Awards: Art Director, 1999 (3), Armed Forces Radio & Television Services Spots (AFRTS), 1998 (2) AFRTS, 1994 Waterbed City, 1993 AFRTS
1996 – Designed & Created Kiosk Demonstrating Interactive Television for Disney/Epcot
1992 – Designed/Art Directed Animations for Miami Film Festival Trailer
1988, 1989 – Best of Photography (publication), Finalist
1987 – Miami Beach Art Festival, Fine Art Photography – Best in Show
Developing an Online Master’s Program: The Nuts and E-Bolts, Campus Technology Conference, Boston (2015)
Cutting the Cord, Tuesday Times Roundtable for the New York Times, (2015)
Photojournalism in the Digital Era Panel, Capture the Moment: Pulitzer Prize Photographs Exhibition, FIU’s Frost Museum (2014)
Innovations in Online Teaching: Global Strategic Communications, SJMC Faculty Talks (2014)
Suitable for Framing: Online Education in the 21st Century, Tuesday Times Roundtable for the New York Times, (2013)
Making Ends (and Bytes) Meet: The Challenges of Teaching Multimedia at an Urban, Underfunded University (3-U), October 2011, Convergence and Society: Journalism, Sustainability, and Media Regeneration academic conference at the University of South Carolina.
Jump to Screen: The Digital Image in the Metaverse. October 2008, Convergence and Society: The Participatory Web academic conference at the University of South Carolina.
Seminar Panelist: Television Commercials and Beyond: Content Creation for the Digital Multimedia World, November 2006. Presented at the Digital & Cine Expo
Online Courses: How do students feel about distance learning? November 2006, Convergence and Society: Ethics, Religion and New Media academic conference at the University of South Carolina
Post Mortem? Are the full service post houses dead? November, 2003, Expanding Convergence: Media Use in a Changing Information Environment academic conference at the University of South Carolina
Media Convergence: What are educators perceptions of it and how are they preparing students of Journalism and Mass Communications to utilize it? November, 2002, Dynamics of Convergent Media academic conference at the University of South Carolina
Chapter on Digital Photography for the 15th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2016
Writing and Reporting for Digital Media. Book author. Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2015.
Chapter on Digital Photography for the 14th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2014
Making Ends (and Bytes) Meet: The Challenges of Teaching Multimedia at an Urban, Underfunded University (3-U), Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (JMCE) January, 2013.
Chapter on Digital Photography for the 13th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2012
Digital natives vs. digital immigrants: A case of false labeling? The Convergence Newsletter, University of South Carolina, 2011
Chapter on Digital Photography for the 12th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2010
Chapter on Digital Photography for the 11th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2008
Chapter on Digital Imaging for the 10th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2006
Article on Convergence in the Communication Industry, The Convergence Newsletter, University of South Carolina, 2006
Chapter on Digital Imaging for the 9th Edition of Communication Technology Update (Focal Press, August Grant, ed.), 2004
Post Mortem? Are the full service post houses dead? Article written from research paper for Post Magazine, February 2004
Chapter on Television for the Mass Communication in the Information Age textbook, Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2003
Florida International University, 2001-2002, North Miami, FL, Masters of Science in Communications, Media Advising
Florida International University, 1987-1989, North Miami, FL, Bachelor of Science in Communications, Honors, Major: Television Production
University of Miami, 1978 – 1982, Coral Gables, FL, Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1982, Miami Beach, FL, School of Medical Technology
2013– Quality Matters – Applying the QM Rubric
2006 – Socrates Distance Learning Group – Online Facilitator Training Program
2006 – New technology and the Digital Whirlwind – Miami Film Festival seminar
2006 – Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Conference
2004 & 2005 – NAB Roadshow – seminar
2003 – The Next Generation of the Internet Economy – seminar
2003 – Fletcher Group/Chicago seminar on HD cameras and HDTV new practices
2003 – Media Use in a Changing Information Environment Academic Conference
2002 – Dynamics of Convergent Media Academic Conference
2001 – Spruce DVD Seminar
2000 – Adobe AfterEffects Seminar
1999 & 2002 – Discreet Logic Seminars
1998 & 2001 – Media 100 Non Linear Editing Systems Seminar
1997 – Macromedia Director Seminar
1996 – Western Cable Conference on Interactive TV
1995, 1998 & 2002 – Adobe Photoshop Seminars
Moses Shumow | Associate Professor
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Moses Shumow is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media. His work focuses on the production and consumption of immigrant and Hispanic/Latino media in transnational communities and globalized contexts, communication and the press in neoliberal geographies, and the growth, relevance and influence of Spanish-language media for Hispanic/Latino audiences in the United States. Dr. Shumow’s work has been published in Media, Culture, & Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Critique, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, The Taiwan Journal of Democracy and International Journal of Communication, among others. He is also the editor of the volume Mediated Communities: Citizen Engagement, Empowerment, and Media Literacy in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2015), and in under contract for a forthcoming co-authored book titled Mediatized geographies: News, neoliberalism and the fragmentation of Miami (Lexington).
Dr. Shumow teaches course in digital media theory and production, a graduate course on the theories of mass communication, as well as a Global Learning media literacy course available to all undergraduates titled, “How We Know What We Know.” During his time at FIU, Dr. Shumow has been the recipient of the FIU Faculty Award for Excellent in Engagement (2014), the SJMC Deans’ Research Productivity Award (2013), the SJMC Award of Excellence for Exceptional Teaching (2011), and in 2012 was nominated for the FIU Community Award. His work has been funded through a SJMC Dean’s Summer Research grant and an FIU Global Learning Faculty Fellowship. Prior to earning a PhD from the University of Miami, he spent nearly a decade in documentary film production, working to create nationally broadcast programming for channels such as Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic.
Carlos Miguel Suris | Senior Instructor
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Carlos Miguel Suris, M.L.S., M.M. is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Journalism + Media. He teaches Mass Media & Society, including a fully online version of the course, Database & Public Records Reporting. He also teaches in the Spanish Journalism Masters Program. Suris has worked as a media and business researcher, reference and special collections librarian and as a financial and accounting consultant. This broad background has made Suris one of SCJ’s primary research mentors. His affinity for research is balanced with a thorough knowledge of music; he is an accomplished guitarist. A member of SCJ’s faculty since 1993, receiving the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2007, he pioneered SCJ’s online collaboration with FIU’s Online Learning Center. In addition, he has chaired the SCJ’s Curriculum Committee since 2005, in which he has participated in various re-structuring initiatives of the curriculum.
Mercedes Vigon | Associate Professor
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F: (305) 919-5215
Mercedes Vigon, Ph.D., is associate director of the International Media Center and associate professor in the School of Communication and Journalism. She is a native of Spain and trained journalists in Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay. She also worked as a TV news director for Net Financial News. Vigon was an executive producer and international writer for CBS Telenoticias and a journalist with UPI. She is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Lorna Veraldi | Associate Professor
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F: (305) 919-5215
Lorna Veraldi, J.D. associate professor, worked for 12 years in radio and television before joining the FIU faculty in 1988. She was a news writer, producer and reporter. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1982 and a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, she has represented media clients both as corporate counsel and in private law practice.