The Florida Student News Watch is committed to promoting the development of young writers as environmentally-conscious journalists and researchers.
The News Watch is committed to emboldening younger writers to value their work and respect the rigor of journalistic efforts, including fact-checking, accountability and transparency.
Writers may be matched with mentors - professional journalists and nonfiction writers - who assist with navigating the requirements of a story and the publishing landscape when placing a polished piece. The focus of News Watch stories include education, sustainability, social justice, and community health in an environmental context.
All student members of the News Watch are paid for their work, ranging in rate from $0.10/word to $0.20/ word depending on tenure with the News Watch.
A program of the 501(c)3 Sunshine State Biodiversity Group, the News Watch maintains editorial control of its content and works independently from other programs sponsored by the SSBG.