Student Work


During the summer of 2015, eighteen students from the School of Journalism and
Mass Communication at Florida International University engaged in a six-week
service-learning project in Liberty Square, a historic public housing development in
Liberty City.

In February 2015, Miami-Dade County announced that this development,
which is deeply connected with the history of black communities in Miami, Jim Crow
segregation and affordable housing in the region, will be “razed and redeveloped” in
an attempt to address the multiple social issues that affect this community.

Particularly in light of national debates and protests about ongoing policing
problems and economic, social and political inequality in communities of color across
the country, this class engaged in a project to help them better understand those
issues within the context of Miami-Dade and South Florida. It was also their chance
to contribute digital, multimedia storytelling content to the conversation, working in
partnership with residents and students of Liberty Square.

Click the image below to view the website and its contents that are the result of their efforts.

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Liberty Square WiFi community initiative is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication of people inside and outside the Miami community. Though not the first effort to bring Internet access to the community, our project is a breakthrough in getting Liberty Square residents online in their own homes. This project was produced by the students enrolled in Dr. Moses Shumow’s Spring 2016 Digital Media Studies Capstone.

Click the image below to view the Liberty Square Wi-Fi website and learn more about this innovative project.