Current FIU students are invited to come by the South Florida News Service newsroom at noon on April 24 to visit the facility, meet current staff members and find out how they can be involved. SFNS is open to all majors, not just journalism students, and will be publishing articles, videos, photo galleries and interactive features through the summer and fall semesters. So click here to let us know you’re interested and come on by AC2 129!
What is SFNS?
We are a student news organization that focuses on issues that matter to us and our generation. Our work is overseen by a news director, Professor Dan Evans, a former Los Angeles Times journalist. We write articles, shoot videos and even file pieces entirely via social media on the topics that we care about. Read a bit about our current staff and our history here.
What about pieces in Spanish? Sports? Arts and culture?
Yes! All topics are welcome. We also cover politics, breaking news, education and law enforcement. This semester we covered the March for Our Lives, South Beach Wine & Food Fest and a new coach at Barry University.
I’ve never reported before. Is that a problem?
No! All we ask is that you work hard and keep a regular schedule. The commitment is approximately 10 hours per week, including time both in the newsroom and in the field. Students who have not worked for SFNS before will be required to attend a series of workshops before being sent into the field.
Can I get credit for work at SFNS?
Yes! You can choose to receive internship credit. Most people choose to take SFNS as a zero-credit internship (meaning it gets on your transcript but you don’t have to pay for it), but there may be options to take it for-credit if needed. Talk to your adviser.
I’m taking a journalism class and my professor mentioned the work may be published by SFNS. How is this different?
Selected classes in the summer and fall semester will work in the newsroom as part of their coursework. Though work produced in those classes may appear on the website — with the instructor’s approval — students in those classes are considered SFNS freelancers instead of staffers. The work they do will be shaped by their professors, not SFNS’ student editors. SFNS staff members, on the other hand, have wide freedom to write about the topics that interest them.
Wait, there are editing positions available?
Yes! There are a minimum of two student editor positions available — managing editor and web editor — each semester. This grows depending on the size and composition of the staff. We have had video, city and interactive editors in addition to the managing — the top student position — and web editor positions.
Well, I’m interested! What are the details again?
Our Open House will be on Tuesday, April 24 at noon in AC2 129. We’ll have food! Even if you can’t show up, keep in the loop by filling out this form so you know what we’re up to.