Lee Caplin Makes $10M Journalism & Media Name Gift at FIU – Yahoo Finance | Team Cansler

MIAMI, November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Florida International University and its Journalism + Media department within the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) today announced a 10 million dollars Philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Lee Caplin Foundation of the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media.

The gift, one of the largest donations to a journalism and media program in the State University System of Florida, supports and underscores the Caplin School’s commitment to inclusion (86% of students identify as a minority), access to excellence, techquity and preparing career-ready, multilingual (English, Spanish and Haitian Creole) professionals in the fields of journalism, digital media, animation, broadcasting and film.

“In support of the President’s dynamic leadership and vision Kenneth JessellI am excited to invest in developing the programs of this exceptional university and the vibrant communities it serves so well,” Lee Caplin said. “The FIU reflects the diversity and promise of our time. This gift will enable the university to continue on its unique path and continue to increase the success of its graduates.”

The gift will support a wide range of student support initiatives, including:

  • Enhancements to the curriculum, faculty and professional staff to ensure graduates are prepared for interdisciplinary, high-demand careers in journalism, immersive and interactive digital media and film

  • Strengthening the award-winning multilingual South Florida Media Network, the school’s flagship offering opportunities to learn and innovate in a professional learning environment that produces news, information, and community engagement with news outlets Miami and Washington, D.C

  • Engaging, integrative, content-generating coursework that supports an experiential learning-by-doing teaching philosophy and provides skills to combat misinformation and disinformation

  • A diverse, dedicated, innovative and respected faculty of practitioners and scholars

  • Instruction in using industry standard equipment, software and the latest immersive and emerging technologies

  • Capital improvements to facilities and equipment to support signature learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment and materials

  • Study grants and financial support

“Mr. Caplin’s historic gift will have an extraordinary impact on the FIU and areas of study critical to our democratic society,” said the FIU President Kenneth A Jessell. “The vision of the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media uniquely positions us as a leading force shaping the next generation of great journalists and media professionals.”

“Our journalism school has a great track record of educating award-winning journalists and our alumni are leaders in newsrooms in South Florida and beyond,” said the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the FIU Dean C. Colson. “The Caplin investment will help our faculty innovate and take the program to new heights.”

a previous one $1.2 million A gift from Caplin to CARTA has created the Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR), which offers education and training, consulting, and development and testing of multimedia experiences in Extended Reality (XR) – technologies that include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality embrace reality.

“Mr. Caplin’s gift is a transformative investment in our journalism and media programs,” said CARTA Dean Brian Schriner. “We are grateful for his investment in the college, which reflects his inspired and influential professional accomplishments. We look forward to the Caplin School and our South Florida Media Network, which is at the core of our commitment to experiential learning, becoming synonymous with cutting-edge journalism and media excellence.”

Caplin is a serial entrepreneur who was a founding member of the faculty from California State University High-tech campus in Monterey. He is co-founder of Penske Media Corporation, which owns Variety magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, The Robb Report, Womenswear Daily magazine and 20 other iconic entertainment brands. He is also executive producer of the Oscar-nominated Sony Pictures feature film Ali and producer of HBO’s multiple Emmy-winning television series True Detective. His book The Business of Art is a three-time international bestseller.

“Ensuring academic success and serving our diverse communities is at the heart of the university’s mission,” he said Howard R Lipman, Chairman of the Board of the FIU Foundation. “We are grateful to Mr. Caplin for his generosity and dedication to our students and the advancement of FIU.”

Caplin’s gift benefits FIU’s Next Horizon campaign, which promotes student success and research excellence at the university.



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