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FIU and Island TV network establish Creole-language journalism program

FIU and Island TV network establish Creole-language journalism program

Partnership will expand Creole-language programming, student opportunities

November 15, 2022 at 4:37pm

Florida International University and its Department of Journalism + Media, within the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), today announced its partnership to develop the first ever Creole-language journalism program in the U.S.
Tied to CARTA’s mission, the Island TV partnership underscores the college’s commitment to preparing career-ready graduates for success in an ever-changing world, through hands-on learning, incorporating emerging and immersive technologies in its curriculum, and partnering with industry. As part of the partnership, FIU students will have the opportunity to produce content and intern for Island TV.

“We are proud to partner with Island TV in support of our content producing curriculum and experiential ‘learn by doing’ teaching philosophy. This partnership advances our mission to prepare career-ready journalists and media professionals who are critical and reflective thinkers and communicators, ethical, socially responsible, well rounded, and fair minded," said Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.
Initiated and established by Schriner, the partnership signals a long-term relationship in support of developing the nation’s premier Creole-language journalism program to provide FIU students with real-world, experiential learning opportunities leading to meaningful employment upon graduation, and to better serve the Caribbean communities of South Florida and beyond.

The South Florida-based network is the only television network in the United States offering 24-hour programming in English, French, and Haitian Creole.  The Island TV and FIU partnership amplifies the vibrant and growing Caribbean community surrounding North Miami and the Biscayne Bay Campus, particularly the Haitian community.

“I am pleased to join forces with FIU to create a first of its kind curriculum within its Department of Journalism + Media,” said said Island TV’s CEO, Fred Beliard. “Dean Schriner and I have a shared commitment and passion for educating the future leaders of our generation and this collaboration will provide an opportunity for a unique experience to create impactful content and create a path towards success.”