The South Florida Media Network supports the Department of Journalism+Media’s goal to help students master multimedia journalism and storytelling skills through innovative collaborations with faculty and professional partners. The aim is to produce exceptional, multiplatform journalists and media professionals and future thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will advance innovation in journalism, media and communication education and industry.
Howard Saltz, Interim Director
Howard Saltz is a veteran news executive and a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor. He most recently served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Sentinel Media Group in Fort Lauderdale, responsible for all products and platforms, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper, 11 community weeklies, the Spanish-language El Sentinel, the website SouthFlorida.com and several magazines.
He was the Sun Sentinel’s Editor from 2011 to 2016 and led it to its first Pulitzer Prize, in 2013. During his tenure the Sun Sentinel newsroom was often cited as one of the country’s most innovative in integrating digital and print journalism. Before coming to Fort Lauderdale, Saltz held newsroom leadership positions at The Denver Post, then joined the Post’s parent company as a Vice President. In that role he worked with the editors and publishers at the company’s 55 daily newspapers to develop digital strategies. He was a pioneer in print-TV convergence.
Saltz is a frequent speaker at universities and industry groups, including the National Press Club, RTNDA, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Poynter Institute. He was for three years the Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board at FIU’s School of Communication + Journalism. He served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016 and 2017.
A native of New York City, he lives in Delray Beach with his wife, a former TV reporter whose first book was published by HarperCollins in 2015. She is currently a broadcast-talent agent with the NWT Group.