Journalism + Media SFMN | BUREAU EXPERIENCE2019-02-15T21:12:29+00:00


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.

Each program offers hands-on academic experiences that reach beyond the traditional classroom structure. Through a combination of theoretical and experiential formats, students will engage in lively academic discussions, traverse each city while conducting investigative field work, and participate in professional workshops and events. Individually, each program will have its own unique focus and point of interest:

SFMN | Washington Bureau


SFMN | New York Bureau

The Washington semester program will focus on the intersection between politics and journalism.  Students will explore the relationship between politics and the media and gain a thorough understanding of the responsibility of the news industry as the “fourth estate”. Student reporters at the New York Bureau will focus their work on the ever-changing, sprawling megalopolis that is New York City. Like their Washington, D.C., colleagues they will learn how journalists cover what is a constantly moving target, how to develop sources and how to find stories. Their stories will cover both political topics and contemporary issues.

Applicants for the SFMN Big City Bureau Experience must:

  1. Be a junior- or senior-level Journalism + Media undergraduate student, a Spanish-language Journalism graduate student, or a recent alumni.
  2. Have a 3.0 minimum GPA
  3. Have completed a previous internship
  4. Be in good standing (academic, personal, and financial)
There are three easy steps to apply:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure that this program will work with your academic progress/plan (does not apply to alumni applicants)
  2. Complete the online Journalism + Media Big City Semester Experience application
  3. Complete a personal interview

Once the application has been reviewed and the interview conducted, you will be notified of your acceptance via email with the permission number to register for the associated course.

In an effort to best accommodate the needs of our students and offer the most cost-effective option we can, this program will not offer predetermined housing plans. Instead, students will have the opportunity to make their own housing arrangements in a manner that best suits their budget – be that staying with family, friends, or with a third-party housing provider. You can find a listing of recommended housing providers HERE.

Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship to offset the cost of housing on a funds available basis.

Contact Judith Villiers at for more information.


Nareemah Griffiths

Nareemah Griffiths is a broadcast media major in her senior year at. Florida International University. She is a first generation Jamaican-American born and raised in Miami, FL. Her love for music led to her fascination with words, storytelling, and art, essentially causing her to study the power of communication to inform, educate, inspire and entertain people. Initially, writing helped her discover the greatness within herself and now journalism motivates her to explore the potential the world possesses. She believes that journalism has the ability to connect and unify communities using elements of truth, accuracy, and storytelling. Nareemah is looking forward to graduating in May 2019 with her bachelors in communications.

Emma Tejeda

Emma Tejeda is a Digital Media Studies major who hopes to inspire her audience through her work as a journalist. Hoping to one day own a production company where they’ll create content that’s meant to provoke and inspire change. Her main mission is to be a storyteller through different types of media. Emma completing her Bachelor’s degree at FIU, Emma has honed her craft by working as a freelance writer, and interning with American Airlines under the Communications Director. Emma has also worked the past year and a half as a news writer for WSVN news, where she started as a web intern writer.

Alexis Woodyard

Alexis Woodyard is a recent December 2018 graduate from Florida International University who majored in Journalism with a concentration in political science. Growing up in the Washington-Metropolitan area, Alexis’ interest in the fast-pace world of communications as well as politics has always been a passion and was found after interning with the Smithsonian, creating documentaries and showcasing different cultures. Alexis believes that communication plays a major role in today’s political climate and that the news industry is a vital part to preserving America’s democracy.


Gerard Albert

Gerard Albert III is a senior journalism major who enjoys balancing the discipline and conviction of journalism with finding creative ways to search for the truth and reporting it. His passion for journalism was inspired by news documentaries and the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Woodward, as well as photos published in Time Magazine and National Geographic. A staunch believer that multimedia reporting is essential in the 21st century, Gerard carries his camera everywhere, ready to document everything from social protests to sports and entertainment. Gerard served as assistant news director for FIU’s student magazine, PantherNow, and, covering breaking news and student government, and interned at CBS News Miami covering sports and local elections.

Henry Tamayo

Henry Marcell Tamayo was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, FL. He was first introduced to the field of broadcasting in middle school where he participated in producing the school news. During high school he spent his time involved in T.V. production. Born into a family of Cuban immigrants, Henry is the first in his family to continue onto college. Henry achieved an A.A. at Miami-Dade College in journalism, transferring to F.I.U. to complete his Bachelor’s degree in broadcast-media. He finished his Bachelor’s Fall 2018. During his time at F.I.U., he completed various video-production projects for his collection reel and portfolio. Currently Henry is continuing his career in broadcasting, looking for opportunities to further expand his talents.