February 26, 2013 — Coral Gables — A new partnership between the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) and the University of Miami School of Communication will train students to produce in-depth, hard-hitting investigative stories and news content.
FCIR, which moved to its new headquarters at the School of Communication in January, will remain independent from the school. The FCIR-UM partnership includes an investigative internship program for journalism students in the School of Communication’s Department of Journalism and Media Management and collaborations with School of Law students, whose casework could lead to stories that expose injustice.
“It’s really exciting to think about the kinds of projects our students will be able to get involved with,” Terry Bloom, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management. “Investigative work can be eye-opening to a young journalist, and with mentoring and assistance from FCIR, our student reporters will be equipped to dig deeper into important issues for our state.”
The Department of Journalism and Media Management offers a curriculum that combines classroom and hands-on experiential learning with cutting-edge digital technologies. Students practice skills learned in the classroom through award-winning student media, including the campus newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, cable TV channel UMTV, and radio station WVUM 90.5 “The Voice.” UM journalism students have won major awards for their work, including an Emmy and honors from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and The National Broadcasting Society. The department’s faculty includes noted scholars and working professionals who have excelled in the industry.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the University of Miami and call its Coral Gables campus home,” FCIR Associate Directors Trevor Aaronson and Mc Nelly Torres said in a joint statement. “Having the University of Miami as a partner will strengthen FCIR’s accountability reporting and educational mission.”
“From the start, education has been integral to the mission of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting,” said Sharon Rosenhause, president of the FCIR board of directors. “We’re excited about working with the dynamic programs and journalism and law students at UM. We also acknowledge FIU’s International Media Center as our first academic partner and invite other journalism programs across Florida to take advantage of our resources.”
Founded in 2010, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, digital, bilingual news organization. The staff of journalists at FCIR is dedicated to producing investigative stories that expose corruption, waste, and injustice.
The news organization produces award-winning, multi-platform stories on topics including education, immigration, government, and criminal justice. Funded in part by foundations including the Oklahoma-based Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, FCIR partners with traditional news media throughout the state, including Florida’s NPR member stations, newspapers such as The Miami Herald and The Ledger of Lakeland, and TV stations such as NBC6 in Miami, as well as ethnic and Spanish-language news outlets.
The National Headliner Awards, the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest, National Awards for Education Reporting, and Green Eyeshade Awards honored FCIR in 2012 for its work.
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