The South Florida News Service is open to all students at Florida International University, regardless of major or class standing. Staff members receive a stipend for their work, and will be expected to fulfill the requirements of their individual positions.
Prior journalism experience, knowledge and ability are strong factors in determining placement. The number of openings available per term will vary on the needs of the service and overall budget.
Spring 2017 staff positions include:
Managing Editor ($1,000/semester) — Responsible for overall quality of content in all forms: text, audio, video and multimedia. Enforces deadlines, provides second edit of pieces prior to publication. Runs weekly meetings in collaboration with news director. Reports to: News Director. Supervises: Web Editor / City Editor / Photo & Video Editor.
City Editor ($500/semester) — Assigns and provides first line edit of text stories produced by staff reporters and freelancers. Works with Photo & Video Editor regarding art for assignments. Reports to: Managing Editor. Supervises: Reporters.
Web Editor ($500/semester) — Responsible for the overall look and feel of SFNS.online, posts stories, directs social media pages and line edits breaking news with the approval of the news director. Edits and posts weekday feature “SoFlo Scoop” and writes, edits and posts weekly feature “Florida Believe it or Not.” Reports to: Managing Editor.
Photo & Video Editor ($500/semester) — Serves as lead photographer for SFNS, coordinating assignments for upcoming stories and storyboarding video and audio assignments. Coordinates with other editors for needed art and pitches and executes photo essays and video/audio projects. Works with graphics/data journalist for multimedia pieces. Reports to: Managing Editor. Supervises: Photographers, videographers, audio journalists, graphics journalist.
Reporter ($100/semester + $50/published piece) — Reporters will be tasked with generating one 600-700 word article every two-three weeks as well as having availability to cover breaking stories as assigned. Reporters may be asked to illustrate their own stories and/or create infographics. Five positions available. Reports to: City Editor.
Photographer / Videographer ($100/semester + $50/published piece) — The person in this positions will be tasked with illustrating no fewer than two stories produced by SFNS reporters per week. He or she will also one photo essay or one video story per month. He or she will be expected to shoot both still and video and collaborate on multimedia pieces. Four positions available. Reports to: Photo & Video Editor.
Audio Journalist ($100/semester + $50/published piece) — The audio journalist will be tasked with the creation of a weekly podcast running down the most important news items in South Florida produced by SFNS and elsewhere. Other duties may also include a regular interview show focused on issues of import to college-age people. He or she will also be expected to produce news reports on a regular basis.