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 chose 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


Select one of the options below to make your gift:


"FIU has been my home for more than 40 years. When I support the university through financial donations, I am only returning a small portion of the benefits the university has given me and my family."

− Darden Pyron, Professor of History, Founding Professor of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, Senior Honors Fellow

"An investment in FIU is an investment in the future of the South Florida community and the state."

− Scott Norberg, J.D., Professor of FIU’s College of Law

"The planned gift is my way of saying thank you to FIU for starting me on my career in the hospitality industry. Hopefully other alumni or friends of the university will realize that a monetary gift benefits FIU and furthers the education of current or future students."

− John E. Onachilla ’77, graduate of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

"I have been on the other side seeking scholarships and loans. Knowing how frustrating it can be, I give to causes that support students…. It is a very small token of appreciation, but I hope the little I do will make a huge difference."

− Kalai Mathee, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

"We are proud to partner with FIU, Miami’s public research university. So many of our students need financial assistance to access the opportunities an FIU education can provide."

− Nathan Kurland, Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation Board of Directors