Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor, Chuck Strouse, is the new Director of the South Florida Media Network (SFMN) housed in the Department of Journalism + Media at FIU. The SFMN helps students master multimedia journalism and storytelling skills through innovative collaborations with professional partners.
The addition of Mr. Strouse to the SFMN team will enhance the education of students in the School of Communication + Journalism, providing experiential learning opportunities to students in journalism, broadcast media, digital media and strategic communication. Brian Schriner, Dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) sees this as a pivotal moment in the growth of SFMN. “The South Florida Media Network (SFMN) is one of our signature initiatives in the Department of Journalism + Media. It’s designed to give students hands-on training in reporting and editing to prepare them for the creative, innovative, and information economy of the 21st century. With his leadership and experience, Chuck will help us shape the future of journalism education in a digital age.”
Mr. Strouse brings a wealth of experience in multimedia journalism and an appreciation of South Florida that will strengthen the student-staffed network. He has worked at the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Los Angeles Times and – for the last two decades – at Miami New Times and New Times Broward Palm Beach as editor-in-chief. He is fluent in Spanish and Russian, with an honors degree in Russian Studies from Brown University and a Masters in Spanish-Language Journalism from FIU. Strouse has been a Knight International Press Fellow in Albania and consulted for non-profit media groups across the former Soviet Union on founding a free press. He has reported from dozens of countries and spent eight years on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He is also a self-proclaimed “very slow” triathlete.
Strouse arrived in Miami as the 1980s drew to a close and the city struggled with drugs and violence. Since then, he has seen the city grow into an international, “art-and-celebrity-filled” metropolis. “As a reporter and editor at the Herald, Sun-Sentinel, and New Times, I experienced this evolution from a front-row seat,” said Strouse, “I have also watched FIU develop into something magical for the Magic City. It is part of the urban fabric. You can see this in the student body, the faculty, and the programs.” Strouse earned a Spanish-language Master’s Degree in Mass Communication at FIU and was impressed with the high-quality curriculum and teaching. “I am now proud as hell to join the faculty,” said Strouse.