Programs for High School Students

Florida Scholastic Press Association

A major service provided by the College of Journalism and Communications to the schools in Florida is supporting the Florida Scholastic Press Association, Inc., a not-for-profit organization. FSPA, established in 1945, is an organization for high school and middle school journalism students and teachers.

FSPA helps teachers be effective classroom instructors by offering training programs through district workshops and a state convention. FSPA develops instructional materials and awards scholarships for teachers to take college courses and to attend workshops/seminars to improve their journalism/media training. FSPA also works with the Florida Department of Education to develop journalism certification standards and to promote improved journalism instruction.
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CJC Summer Institute

The CJC Summer Institute is an intense and fun six days/five nights of journalism instruction open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders.  All courses are held at Weimer Hall at the University of Florida and students stay in dorm rooms on campus.

Graduating seniors and middle-school students are not eligible.

For six action-packed days, the College offers specialized instruction in writing, photography, tv news reporting, filmmaking, sports reporting, mobile reporting, yearbook or radio/podcasting. In addition to the specializations, students will be able to choose some elective classes and gather as a group to listen to keynote speakers talk about the industry.

The instructors are University of Florida faculty members, distinguished high school publications advisers and others. Students stay in a University of Florida residence hall and eat in one of the Gator Dining halls on campus.

Typical SJI schedule

Sunday: Check in from 1 to 3 p.m., Camp Introduction, Dinner, Campus Tour, Camp Ice Breaker at 8 pm.
Monday-Thursday: Breakfast, Elective Class, Keynote Speaker, Lunch, Specialization, Dinner, Evening Resume and Yearbook Critiques or Free Time for Projects..
Friday: Breakfast, Closing Assembly, Checkout.

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Summer Journalism Visitation

The Summer Journalism Visitation at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications is a free one-day career experience for students in grades 8-11. Students learn writing, reporting, editing, photography and communications skills for newspaper, broadcast, and photojournalism. Students also gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology. Sponsored by Role Models Foundation, Star-Banner Newspaper, Alachua/Bradford College-Career Tech Prep and University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Check back in early 2013 for information on the summer program.

Role Models Foundation is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to educational, charitable, and scientific purposes. The foundation provides programs and activities for young people, especially those who experience barriers. The foundation, with Role Models Today online publication for youth and by youth as its main engine, teaches by example and dedicates itself to developing journalists, leaders and involved citizens.