Telemundo and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Florida International University (FIU), today announced a groundbreaking partnership to establish Hispanic Media Futures, an innovative student development program to train future Hispanic journalists and communicators.

The program is part of a multi-level, multi-year commitment by Telemundo to advance the inclusion of Hispanic professionals in the communications industry. The innovative initiative will pair Telemundo executives with SJMC students in a special training and mentoring environment to foster growth and development of future communications leaders. The inaugural group of students will begin the intensive program at the start of the summer 2011 semester. In the first semester, the SJMC students will receive theoretical and practical learning through being immersed in the network and receiving mentoring from Telemundo executives in the areas of News, Digital, Research and Communications. Following a thorough understanding of the various components and interrelated departments that comprise a national network, students will then be assigned a specific job within Telemundo based on their area of study at the SJMC.

“Education is at the core of our mission and who we are. This partnership is an affirmation of what we believe and our commitment to igniting and empowering the dreams of young Hispanics,” said Don Browne, President of Telemundo. “As reported by the recent Census, Hispanics are growing in political and economic power and changing the face of America. We are proud of partnering with FIU on this unique program that will open the doors to many young Hispanics who dream and aspire one day to be part of the media industry.”

The SJMC and the program are housed at the university’s Biscayne Bay Campus with the internship experience solely conducted at Telemundo. For more information, including the selection of future student participants, visit the Hispanic Media Futures program online.

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