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.  Details »

Summer Journalism Institute

The University of Florida Summer Journalism Institute is an intense and fun six days of journalism instruction open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have recommendations from their publication advisers or principals.  All courses are held at Weimer Hall at the University of Florida and students stay in dorm rooms on campus.

Students must be enrolled in a high school journalism course. Selections are based on first-come, first-serve/qualifications basis. Graduating seniors and middle-school students are not eligible.

For six action-packed days, the College offers instruction for writing, editing, photography, broadcasting and web publishing.  In addition to the specialized classes, students gather as a group a couple of times a day to listen to speakers talk about design, photography, web publishing, communication law, editing and journalism’s role in society.

The instructors are University of Florida faculty members, distinguished high school publications advisers and UF journalism graduate students.
It’s called a workshop, so there is a lot of work. Students stay in a university residence hall and eat in the newest dining hall on campus. (Students at SJI always seem to like the food.)

Typical SJI schedule

Saturday: Opening session at 4, class at 4:30, dinner at 6, followed by recreation at the residence hall.
Sunday: Morning free. Lunch at noon, speaker at 1, class 2-5, dinner at 5, speaker at 7.
Monday-Wednesday: Breakfast, class and speakers, lunch, class and speakers, dinner, recreational activity at the residence halls.
Thursday: Breakfast, classes, closing assembly at 11, then checkout.

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.