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DESCRIPTIONThe Sports Issue
SJMC Alumni Fuel the Heat
The Sports Issue
FIU Sports Communicators
SJMC Hosts (and wins) dotMiami
The FIU SJMC Alumni Magazine
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Letter from the DeanContributors
Meet your Professor: Diament
Tenure and Promotion
SJMC Events: dotMiami, HCC and LLK
Cover Story: SJMC @ the Heat
Alternative Sports at FIU
Faculty in Sports
Current Student Highlights
Samuel FreedmansBreaking the LineA Young Journalists Vision
PUBLISHER DEAN RAUL REISMANAGING EDITOR JULIET PINTOART DIRECTOR ELIZABETH MARSHCO-EDITOR CHRIS DELBONI
ALTAGRACE GUSTAVE CAMILO LONDONO
NATALIE MEROLA STEPHAN USECHE BRITTNY VALDES
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER NATALIE MEROLA LAYOUT
& DESIGN ALTAGRACE GUSTAVE CAMILO LONDONO
NATALIE MEROLA STEPHAN USECHE BRITTNY VALDES SOCIAL MEDIA
COORDINATORS NATALIE MEROLA CAMILO LONDONO
COPY EDITOR CHRIS DELBONI CAMILO LONDONO
LOGO DESIGN NATALIE MEROLA
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STAFF WRITERS &PHOTOGRAPHY
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The ContributorsCamilo Londono A student at FIUs SJMC whos majoring in journalism, Londonos work is greatly influcenced by literature,
music and design. After
graduating in May 2014, he plans to attend graduate school for creative direc-tion. His interests include the
visual arts, reading, playing
tennis and skateboarding.
Londono has published
in the Miami Herald and
Palm Beach Post.
Brittny Valdes Valdes admiration for words
along with her passion to discuss the issues facing her
community have led her to
pursue a career in journal-ism. Valdes, 25, has published
in the Miami Herald, Sun
Sentinel, and Palm Beach Post.
In January 2014, she will be
a reporter for the Scripps
Treasure Coast newspapers.
Valdes wrote the cover story
about who works behind the
scenes at the Miami Heat.
Dear SJMC Friends,
Please allow me to introduce the second issue of BayView magazine. Here at the SJMC, we are all about innovation, from our curriculum and courses and our award-winning faculty research, to the way we prepare the students to face a changing communications landscape by placing them at innova-tive organizations.
It gives me great pleasure to share with you that the Knight Foundation has chosen the SJMC at FIU as the site of its first ever Knight Innovator in Residence position! A generous $1.2 million endow-ment plus a $150,000 presidential grant from the Knight Foundation will allow our School to bring to campus innovators from the tech industry, who will bring fresh thinking and share with students and faculty some of the possibilities brought about by this new digital age of communications. The Knight Innovator in Residence will develop activities in teaching and training for both students and faculty, such as classes and workshops, and mentor students on innovative, entrepreneurial projects. Were hoping that, besides bringing in fresh thinking, this endowment and position will have a transforma-tional impact on the School.
Im happy to report that our innovative (and brand new) majors in Digital Media and Broadcasting are a big success. Our industry partnerships with the Discovery Channel and MasterCard, among other companies, have allowed students to get much needed internships and hands-on experiences along the way. We also started up BOLD, the student-run and faculty-supervised SJMC Strategic Commu-nications agency.
This issue of BayView, once again all done by the students under the supervision of SJMC faculty, focuses on sports communication. Please read it carefully, since it was put together by us especially for you. After you browse BayView, please take a moment to drop us a note. Wed love to hear from you!
Altagrace GustaveA staff writer for BayView
and a senior at FIU, Gustave is
majoring in journalism, French
and psychology. She is the
president of the FIU chapter
of Pi Delta Phi, the National
French Honor Society and
was also a press intern at the Consulate General of France
in Miami. For her reporting in
this issue, she went to Fort Meyers for the Quidditch
Eagle Cup Match, held at
Florida Gulf Coast University.
Natalie MerolaPhotographer and social
media coordinator at BayView
magazine, Merolas photo-graphed talent, assisted in layout design, interviewed
sources and coordinated
strategic social media tools to
capture the achievements of
the SJMCs current students
and alumni. In her spare time,
she sews and keeps up with the latest trends in fashion
design. Betsey Johnson is her
fashion inspiration and muse.
Stephan UsecheStephan Useche has been
passionate about sports and
journalism from a young age.
She says swimming taught her the discipline to work hard
for her goals, something that
has helped her as a journal-ist. Working on the second
issue of BayView was an
experience that allowed her
to explore different areas
of communication, and also
see how many other SJMC alumni have mixed their
passions with their careers.
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G L O B A L L Y I N C L I N E D Literally.
The SJMCs newest arrivals bring a world of knowledge to students.
By Altagrace L. Gustave
Ivette Diaz is the new marketing & communications coordinator for the SJMC, and despite her workload, she is still able to simplify exactly what she does. In a nutshell, my job is to promote everything that pertains to the school, she said. Diaz, an SJMC grad, received her B.S. in journalism in 1996. She has more than 17 years of experience in journalism and in public relations, as she was the media and public relations specialist for the City of Miami Beach and has acted as the city spokesperson for various English and Spanish-language television, radio and print outlets. Diaz appreciates the SJMCs abil-ity to teach students every aspect there is to know in communication. We really are at the cutting edge of communication and teaching students journalism, advertising, public relations and digital media, Diaz said.
Colombian-born Leonardo Ferreira, FIUs new Worlds Ahead Scholar in Interna-tional Communication, directs international programs at the SJMC. Ferreiras goals include improving the quality of already successful study-abroad programs at the school and increasing the number of programs, while enabling a more hands-on, affordable experience for students. Ferreira has a surprising reason for being at FIU, given his appreciation for diversity. I wanted to come to a place where I am no longer that different, he said. Ferreira has a masters in telecommunications, a Ph.D. from Michigan State and also a law degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colom-bia, in Bogot. Ferreira published a book in 2006, Countries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism, about the disenfranchised populations of Latin America.
Ivette Diaz, Leonardo Ferreira, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Haki Halisi, Susan Jacobson, Victoria Shorten and Kurt Wise are the most recent members of FIUs SJMC family, all with diverse backgrounds and experiences
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Though she has vacationed in Florida for years, Kathy Fitzpatrick has officially made the Sunshine State her new place of residence. As the new associate dean of graduate studies and research and a professor at the SJMC, Fitzpatrick has been in academia for more than 20 years. One of Fitzpatricks goals is to introduce students to opportunities they normally would not know about, especially if they are interested in more globalized careers as journalists or as members of corporations, advertising/public relations firms, non-governmental organizations, the Foreign Service or other organiza-tions. Fitzpatrick said she is both impressed and optimistic about FIU and its SJMC family. The intellectual capital here is amazing, she said. And everyone is eager to move the school forward.
The SJMC has a lot of projects in the works for students and faculty, and Haki Halisi, the new director of development, is here to make sure the SJMC has all the fund-ing it needs to make these dreams become realities. These include projects such as the Media Innovations Complex at the Biscayne Bay Campus, where students would understand the concept of an integrated newsroom and see what journalism has become in the 21st century. Having that facility built while Im here would be a major accomplish-ment, and its my job to raise the money to make that happen, he said. Halisi, a Howard University alumnus who majored in psychology, has experience in communication: While at Ho