The South Florida News Service is a digital journalism platform committed to providing residents of South Florida youth-focused insight into their communities. By focusing on the millennial generation, on multilingual journalism and on stories other outlets have missed, SFNS helps weave the tapestry of our polyglot home.
Pieces are written, shot and edited by students at Florida International University who function as members of the South Florida News Service. The work — text, video, sound and multimedia — is overseen and published by its news director, a professional with nearly two decades of daily journalism experience. In addition to the work of SFNS staffers and freelancers, pieces produced within FIU’s journalism program are eligible for publication on SFNS.
The project, now in its seventh year, is in keeping with the “teaching hospital” philosophy of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is imperative, we believe, that students learn our shared craft by doing. By producing stories as bona fide members of the fourth estate, our reporters learn more, and learn faster, than they would solely with classroom instruction.
This benefits students as well as the media outlets they hope to join. We work closely with local media outlets to make sure our reporters are producing high-quality work on topics of relevance to South Florida’s readers, viewers and listeners.
We are a digital news outlet whose articles, photos, videos and graphics rival the work of our more seasoned colleagues. The youth of our reporters, editors and photographers gives voice to stories others have missed. Our energy, passion and optimism is directed and overseen by a veteran journalist, who ensures strict adherence to fairness, accuracy and ethics. Our ideas are generated through pluck and imagination, but have the depth and institutional wisdom to create true, lasting and positive change.
To find out how you can help our mission and broaden the reach of your publication or outlet, contact News Director Dan Evans or click here for more information.
Since its inception in January 2009, the South Florida News Service has published more than 400 stories and dozens of videos. Topics have ranged from community news to business to home and design. Many of these pieces have been picked up by major news outlets in South Florida and beyond, several appearing on A1.
Initially supported by the McCormick Foundation and three newspapers — The Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post — the SFNS has received national and international recognition for its pioneering and experimental approach (see: “The Reconstruction of American Journalism,” by Leonard Downie and Michael Schudson, 2009; and Schudson’s “Classrooms into Newsrooms,” IJOC.org, 2012).
A recent and generous grant by the Hearst Foundation and Scripps Howard Foundation will help the SFNS greatly expand its reach, teaching students the real-world skills journalism and digital skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing business.
Assoc. Prof. Allan Richards, Executive Editor & SFNS Co-founder – School of Communication + Journalism
Assoc. Prof. Teresa Ponte, Journalism Chair & SFNS Co-founder – School of Communication + Journalism
Assoc. Prof. Juliet Pinto, Interim Executive Director – School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dean Brian Schriner – College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA)
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Chris Delboni, SFNS News Director Emeritus (2009-2016)