This site was created by the Digital Media Studies graduating class at FIU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The students, along with their professor, spent the fall semester of 2013 designing the site, gathering data, buildling maps, and creating multimedia content found on this site. All of the maps presented on this site were created using (mostly) free, open-source mapping applications, including Google Fusion Tables, Geocommons, and SimplyMaps (subscription required). ENJOY!

Louis Castillo

A Cuban-Nicaraguan Miami native, Louis Castillo is a senior at Florida International University pursuing a degree in Digital Media Studies and Minoring in Business.

Louis is currently working at the Miami Herald as an online web producer and aspires to be a video game/technology journalist.

Romina Herrera

Born in the coastal city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, Romina Herrera is one of the first studends to graduate in digital media in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University.

She has worked designing graphics and web pages, in SEO, and as a research assistant for Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton. For this project, she built the website and featured GIS Maps. A geek at heart, her other interests include Asian culture, animation, board games, cats, and crossfit.

Christine Tormey

A native to the Gulf Coast, also known as FloraBama, Christine transferred to Florida International University her sophomore year of college in pursuit of Urban living. In this project she focused on Brazilian populations living in South East Florida.

Christine has worked for several marketing agencies and her interests are social media marketing, traveling, and teaching her dog the few spanish words she knows. Christine is a sucker for accents and considers herself an Americaista living in “The People’s Republic of Cuba” aka Miami.

Sherezade Rodriguez

Born in Venezuela, Sherezade moved to Miami in 2006, where she worked in the legal field for four years, specializing in bankruptcy and debt defense, before pursuing a degree in Digital Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at FIU. For the last two years, she has worked in the TV and entertainment industries' leading brands, such as TLC, ID, and Telemundo. She is passionate about arts and dedicates her spare time to humanitarian activities with the Miami Rescue Mission.

Moses Shumow

Dr. Moses Shumow is an assistant professor of journalism and broadcasting in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University.

Dr. Shumow's research investigates transnational migration, diasporic and Spanish-language media, and the intersections between GIS mapping, digital media literacy, and the pedagogy of multimedia stortelling. His work has been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice, Critique; Media, Culture & Society, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, International Journal of Communication, and Taiwan Journal of Democracy.

When he’s not conducting research or teaching, he can usually be found playing with his kids!

FIU's Office of Global Learning

The initial funding for this project was made possible through a Global Learning Faculty Fellowship grant from the FIU Office of Global Learning . Our gratitude and thanks go to Dr. Hilary Landorf and Dr. Stephanie Doscher for their initial and continued support of these efforts.


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