FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts debuts Caplin News (includes video story)

It’s a new beginning as Florida International University’s South Florida Media Network transforms into Caplin News. 

The venue is part of a larger move that includes the founding of the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media, which is a division of FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. The changed name symbolizes a new era of journalistic excellence and innovation.

“I think we have a chance here on this campus to make the best journalism school in the country,” said Caplin. 

Born in New York City, Caplin moved as a child to Charlottesville, Virginia, where his father Mortimer was a professor. The law school’s pavilion bears the name of Mortimer Caplin, who also served as U.S. commissioner of internal revenue under President John F. Kennedy.

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Caplin has been an executive producer on films including 2001’s “Ali.” He is also an author and has served as a special assistant chairman with the National Endowment for the Arts under President Jimmy Carter. He cofounded Penske Media, which publishes magazines including the Hollywood Reporter , Rolling Stone and Women’s Wear Daily. And he co-produces the Primetime Emmy Award-winning HBO series, “True Detective.”

Caplin is a prominent figure in the South Florida community and has long been an advocate for education and the arts. As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the importance of quality journalism and its role in shaping public discourse. His philanthropic efforts have spanned various causes, and the $10 million he has earmarked for FIU (as well as $2 million for the the university’s Immersive Studio for Altered Reality) will leave a lasting legacy in the field of media and communications.

Susan Jacobson, director of the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media says the rebranding will give the university the chance to reintroduce itself.

“We’re in a very strong position, we have strong student-produced media and we have the very generous gift from Mr. Caplin,” said Jacobson. “FIU now is really rising.”

This is the first of a two-part series. Read the second part here:

Milena Malaver is a senior majoring in Digital Journalism. She currently works as an editor for Caplin News and as social media manager for FIU's Society of Professional Journalist Chapter. Milena has an interest in covering local news.

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.


Kenneth Bueno is a junior majoring in the Digital Broadcasting field. He is a sim racing commentator for Podium eSports and aims to apply his love for sports into the sports broadcasting industry after graduating.