Who Can be an FSPA Member?
FSPA membership is open to all middle and high school publications, broadcast programs and online media teams in the state of Florida. FSPA also welcomes the association of affiliates — former advisers, college faculty members, professional journalists, newspapers, publishing companies, photography studios, radio and television stations, and any organization interested in supporting and promoting scholastic journalism.
The fee is just $30 per publication. After Dec. 15, 2012, that fee becomes $50 per publication.
Why Should We Join FSPA?
Attend Fall workshop
District workshops in the Fall of each year offer insightful sessions in a variety of journalism fields, as well as the chance for students to hear state and nationally renowned keynote speakers.
FSPA Today, the organization’s newsletter, is published several times a year with information on FSPA activities and issues concerning scholastic journalism.
For many FSPA staffs, convention is the highlight of the year. Speakers from across the state and nation hold sessions covering all aspects of journalism, and students have the opportunity to compete in a variety of pre-judged and on-the-spot contests. 2013 will be the first year that middle-school journalists will be able to attend as well.
Some of Florida’s top scholastic journalists are recognized at the state convention and are eligible to receive scholarships. State winners then go on to compete on the national level for the Journalism Education Association’s High School Student Journalist of the Year. The FSPA Foundation also provides an opportunity for students to apply for need-based scholarships to attend the state convention.
Funds from the FSPA Foundation have expanded scholarship availability. FSPA awards scholarships to advisers to take college courses or attend professional workshops to improve their media skills.
The executive board and the Professional Activities Committee provide support for scholastic journalism statewide and for individual advisers. FSPA worked to maintain Practical Arts credit for Journalism 2-4.