Current FIU students are invited to apply to work for the South Florida News Service for the fall semester. Apply here by Aug. 24 at 5 pm!
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. We have covered the March for Our Lives, South Beach Wine & Food Fest and a new coach at Barry University. We need a mix of news, features and opinion pieces. This means reporters are assigned a particular topic — or beat — and are asked to focus on stories from that area. It also means not everyone will be able to cover sports or write columns.
Are the positions paid?
Reporters with one or more semester experience at SFNS are paid per story. Reporters that have completed professional journalism internships are also paid. Editors are paid a flat rate per semester. The exact amount varies by semester.
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?
Several skills classes 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 contributors instead of staffers. The work they do will be shaped by their professors, not SFNS’ student editors. However, work done by SFNS staffers may count for work assigned in those classes — again, with the instructor’s knowledge and approval.
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?
Great! Fill out the application below and we’ll be in touch. Applications are due no later than Aug. 24 at 5 pm, but interviews will begin immediately. Training for editors is scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14, while training for reporters will take place during the first three weeks of the semester. Other questions? Email Professor Dan Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.