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.”

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