Disney Media Day is tomorrow, and for a second year in a row FSPA student members from 50 different schools will pack up their staffs and travel from all over the state of Florida to Walt Disney World. These students will partake in a day full of journalism, learning and of course, a healthy dose of Disney magic.
“The set-up for this year’s FSPA Student Press Event- hosted by Disney Youth Programs is slightly different from last year’s event,” said Jessica Baker, Disney Destinations public relations representative.
“We believe the event this year will allow students to explore many of the opportunities available in the world of journalism, in the immersive and exciting setting of the Walt Disney World theme parks,” she said.
FSPA President Joe Humphrey said student participants will sharpen their photo skills
“Be prepared to be good observers and good working journalists. Be ready to do what you do every day,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey said student participants should also bring their own equipment. Students should prepare to participate in photo, written and video assignments.
Photo participants will upload a series of up to five photos from their morning photo session and the afternoon events, with an eye on eye-catching, journalistic images. Leadership participants will write a story covering the day. Their task will be documenting the day and including feedback from participants. Each school will also be able to work on a max-2:30 minute broadcast feature segment about the event.
“We’d really like students to think about the story they are trying to tell. Whether it be via photo, video or print, it’s important to inspire and captivate their audience,” Baker said.
All entries will be uploaded through the FSPA Spring 2013 Digital Contest Database, and they will be due along with other categories on March 1, one week after media day. A committee of judges that include Disney representatives, travel journalist, professional journalist, college journalism students will review entries in three categories.
Winners will be announced no later than April 25.
“Quality and creativity are also key elements to any compelling story and with Walt Disney World as the story’s backdrop; we hope to see these elements reflected in the students’ work,” Baker said.
See below for an itinerary of Disney Media Day and the official Twitter hashtag for the event:
Disney Media Day
February 22, 2013
8:30 a.m. Guests arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and meet Event Guides at Main Entrance.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration at Premiere Theater.
9:45 a.m. Transportation to Epcot for YES programs.
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. YES Programs start: Disney Leadership Strategies and Fundamentals of Photo Storytelling.
11:45 a.m. Transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Group convenes for lunch.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Group convenes in Premiere Theater for Guest Presentations.
2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Group dismissed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to spend remainder of the day in Disney.