Miami, FL – February 17, 2015 – WPBT2 and Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) collaborated on a web series investigating the threat of sea level rise in South Florida. The nine-part series entitled Sea Level Rise Impact: An FIU/SJMC Series will launch on Wednesday, February 18, on uVu, WPBT2’s community filmmaker’s channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/uVuSouthFlorida).
The series, produced by SJMC students and funded by a grant from the Online News Association, looks at how communities in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties are preparing and responding to the issue of sea level rise. Each Wednesday through April 15, a new episode in the series will be released.
“The partnership between FIU and WPBT2 is a unique approach to profiling the many sides of a complex topic such as sea level rise, and serves as a means to get students and younger voices involved in a critical issue that will shape South Florida’s future,” said Max Duke, WPBT2’s Vice President of Content and Community Partnerships.
Kate MacMillin, assistant professor in the FIU Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, engaged her Multimedia Production I and Writing for TV classes to produce the series as part of the classes’ curriculums. Many of the student-produced mini-documentaries cover topics such as the effects of sea level rise on the real estate industry in the Keys, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Fort Lauderdale, and the effects of sea level rise on the economy of Alton Road in Miami Beach. The students were a combination of broadcast media, journalism, public relations and advertising majors.Read more...