Categories for the Spring 2014 Digital Contests are now available.
Click here to view the categories: FSPA 2014 Spring Digital Contests
The contest database will be open Feb. 1-28 for publications to upload entries. Specific upload instructions will be provided in January, but for now, you might want to start collecting potential entries.
There are 60 different categories, many of them back from last year. But there are quite a few new ones as well, including a new slate of Quick Turn categories, which will challenge students to produce work under a tight deadline.
As noted in the attachment, publications can submit up to three entries in most categories, though some are limited to one entry per publication. Most entries cost $6 each. FSPA will bill publications in March after the upload window closes.
Director of University of Florida’s Knight Division for Scholarships, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs, Charles Harris retired on Friday, Nov. 1.
Harris has worked with FSPA students from their days at state and district conventions and for some, throughout their years at UF students. He has attended more than 22 state workshops. Harris has also spoken at district workshops for the past two decades.
“Meeting some students that did get into UF and seeing those students come to UF and have an opportunity to be on scholarship and go out and be successful in field,” Harris said of working with FSPA.
Harris’s involvement began in 1989 when then-College of Journalism and Communications Dean Ralph Lowenstein hired back to his alma mater. Harris is a 1978 UF advertising graduate.
“He told me that was probably one of the most important trips I could make,” Harris said of the annual FSPA state convention. “He felt that was an integral part of being successful and making sure advisers know who we are. Because of the success we had with it I just made it part of my regular routine.”
There is no doubt the entire FSPA community—past and present—will miss Harris.
Even though his time at UF has ended, Harris plans on continuing to help his peers. He has been named the CEO of the Central Florida Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income residents in Alachua, Marion and Levy counties.
Is your publication gearing up for a trip to Boston, Mass. Nov. 14-17.
The Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association’s will host “The Revolution Starts Here” national high school journalism convention then.
And while FSPA won’t technically be there, you our publication members will be. So Florida schools unite!
Comment below if you or you’re publication plan on attending the conference. And make sure to use our official hashtag to connect with FSPA friends: #FSPAJEA.
We look forward to reading your tweets. Have fun, learn a lot and do us proud. Don’t forget to get your #journonerd on!
Our FSPA email has been out of commission since 10-3 (Thursday) and we are not receiving your emails. If you sent mail during that time, or if you want to contact us, in interim while we have College officials troubleshoot the problem, please email Executive Director Wayne Garcia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.
UPDATE: Our mail is back up and running. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Journalism Education Association announced their fall 2013 award winners Tuesday, giving scholastic journalism advisers their chance for national recognition.
On the award winner list was Wharton High School’s, Valrico, Fla., Terry Sollazzo. Sollazzo was one of 11 journalism teachers recognized with a JEA lifetime achievement award.
Sollazzo has been a teacher for almost 40 years and is currently in her first year of retirement after teaching at Wharton for 16 years.
“It’s a really nice way to enter retirement,” said Sollazzo, who first became involved with FSPA as a high school student. “Everything I’ve done has always been about helping produce the best scholastic journalists in the state. It warms my heart that I’ve come full circle.”
[click to continue…]
Registration has closed. Thanks to 65 member publications for entering. Look for results at our fall district workshops throughout the state.
Each FSPA member publication is eligible to submit one entry for each of the following contests. Entries will be submitted online using the same system as last year. Publications will receive written feedback on entries and certificates for items ranked All-Florida, Excellent or Honorable Mention by judges.
Results will be announced at district workshops throughout the state. A “Best of the Best” entry will be awarded to one submission per category at the FSPA 2014 state convention.
Publications must ensure their uploaded files and links are loaded correctly; there will be no time to allow for re-submissions.
Upload deadline – Friday, Sept. 27
[click to continue…]
Photo by Emily Broaddus
One of the biggest of the annual regional workshops each year is in District 4, in West Central Florida. Again this year, the workshop will be held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, at its magnificent Marshall Student Center. The date: Friday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A detailed agenda is being finalized.
Registration is now open online. The fee is $12 for student or adviser. Workshop contests will be online this year, and dozens of breakout sessions will give everyone attending some top-notch training.
Please join the staff in welcoming two new FSPA members for the upcoming school year, the Snakeskin yearbook from Belleview High School and The Point newspaper from Poinciana High School in Osceola County, both in District 3. Welcome aboard!
We are current accepting yearbook and literary magazine evaluation submissions. Visit the Evaluations page for more information.
You must be a current member of FSPA to be eligible for our evaluation services. If you plan on submitting for evaluation, please check our membership list to make sure you are on it.
Congratulations to winners of the Best of the Best awards, given to the top All-Florida winner in each category of the Spring 2013 Digital Contests. Judges reviewed 1,863 entries in more than 50 categories. All-Florida winners were listed in the FSPA convention program; Best of the Best winners were announced during the 2013 convention. We’ll be featuring links to a variety of the winning entries throughout the summer here on the website.
Download a list of the winners