What’s With Our Water? SJMC Students Find Out

Intrigued, in part, by student journalism related to sea level rise  produced for eyesontherise.org at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 20 other SJMC students in two production courses have created a 30-minute news program related to local water issues.

H2KNOW — the first of two student productions that will be produced in the Fall semester by students in courses led by professors Moses Shumow and Lilliam Martinez-Bustos — featured eyesontherise.org along with packages on local water quality and the efforts of MAST @ FIU high school students who are coming to better understand their environments by using water sensors and citizen science.

“Working on the H2Know project was an incredible opportunity that allowed us to dive into an issue that literally surrounds us everyday, especially here in South Florida,” said SJMC student Stephanie Mason. “Whether for drinking, transportation, or being the host to other ecosystems, water is truly the elixir of life and is a matter that must always be taken into account.”

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Revisiting King Tide Day

Hundreds of high school and college students spent two days on Miami Beach this month, testing flood waters as part of the eyesontherise.org project that’s designed to “hack” journalism curriculum.

The events were part of the Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication‘s way to develop community journalism about important environmental issues such as sea level rise that also pushes the boundaries of how journalism is taught.

Here’s the low-down:

Students began the training for testing flood waters with a Sept. 29 event. More than 220 people attended at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. The rally included Lily Bui, a graduate student at MIT, who shared with students major ideas behind sensor journalism. The day’s events ended with a workshop on communicating issues of sea level rise and climate change, hosted by The CLEO Institute.


Dozens of SJMC and MAST @ FIU high school students spent Oct. 1 and 2 working with their coqui sensors. Built from scratch with the help of Don Blair and Public Lab, students were able to understand the engineering behind the sensors that test for, among other things, water salinity.

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Students Meet King Tide: Take to Streets Oct. 9

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A dozen FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication and MAST @ FIU students tested standing water at 17th and Alton in Miami Beach on the first of two of the King Tide Days Oct. 8.

Using coqui sensors that buzz to help measure the level of salinity in samples, the journalism and science students prepared for Oct. 9 when more than 120 people from FIU and MAST @ FIU take to Miami Beach to test any waters that seep onto the streets.

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Eyes in the Sky: ALTA Partners Begin to Capture Rising Seas

FIU-ALTA Partnership Captures High-Resolution Images of SLR

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A collaboration between a Miami area high-tech company and Florida International University has improved ways to capture South Florida’s environment to help scientists, citizens, and local governments prepare for future storms and rising seas.

Already, ALTA Systems (www.altapic.com) and scientists with Florida International University collaborated earlier this year to gather high resolution images of all of the City of Sweetwater. In that project, researchers used five balloons from 100 to 200 feet in the sky and a ground image system to capture 18,305 aerial images and 32,320 street level images.

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