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South Florida News Service

The South Florida News Service provides real-world journalism training for FIU students by doing something both obvious and unthinkable: throwing them into the deep end of Biscayne Bay and treating them like professionals.

They write stories, shoot video and create interactive data visualizations, all the while serving as bona-fide members of the fourth estate. Overseen by Dan Evans, a former Los Angeles Times editor with 18 years of daily experience, the work is published on and provided – wire-service style – to South and Southwest Florida news outlets.

Starting in the fall 2016 semester, students accepted into the SFNS will receive a scholarship. They have the obligations and requirements of professionals, and should be paid as such. Though modest, that scholarship relieves at least some of the pressure of having to choose between school and work, as this schooling is work.

Funds raised will go toward scholarships, as well as the other expenses needed for running a modern newsroom. In particular: mileage and other travel expenses, computer equipment and software as well as for outreach our local journalism colleagues. Contact Dan Evans at with any questions. Give today!

Gift Levels

Publisher’s Circle – $250/month ($3,000/yr)

  • Invitation to quarterly meet-ups (prior to board meetings)
  • Invitation to join SFNS board (if there’s a vacancy)
  • Plaque acknowledging support
  • Top display on webpage acknowledging supporters
  • Opportunity for underwriter-type advertisement on site
  • Permission to use all SFNS-published material

Editorial Board – $150/month ($1,800/yr)

  • Invitation to quarterly meet-ups
  • Certificate acknowledging support
  • Secondary placement on webpage acknowledging supporters
  • Permission to use all SFNS-published material

The Newsroom – $100/month ($1,200/yr)

  • Certificate acknowledging support
  • Acknowledgement of support on website
  • Permission to use all SFNS-published material

Press Champs – $50/month ($600/yr)

  • Acknowledgement of support on website

Reporters – $25/month ($300/yr)

  • Acknowledgement of support on website

Contributors – $10/month ($120/yr)

  • Acknowledgement of support on website

Please consult your tax professional about the tax deductibility of this gift.

How to Give

  • Recurring Biweekly Payroll Deductions – Your Gift Amount will be deducted continuously. (i.e., $1.92 = $1.92 per pay period until you request a change)
  • One Payment Payroll Deduction – Your Gift Amount will be deducted from one pay check only. (i.e., $100 = $ 100 from one pay period)
  • Pay Directly with Credit Card
  • Download Pledge Form

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