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CONTENTS FSPA 2014

10 Featured Speakers White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for Telemundo, a Division of NBCUniversal will open up the convention with the Thursday night keynote. Pulitzer Prize-winning CNN correspondent Sara Ganim will speak at the banquet about how she broke open the story of the grand jury investigation into Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Jeff Sharon from Full Sail University, Evelyn Lauer from Niles West High School and Steve Johnson from the University of Florida round out our list of featured speakers.

12 Special Events From student film festivals, documentary film screenings, banquets and dances to adviser receptions, breakfasts and luncheons, find out all the most pertinent convention information beyond the sessions.

We all have a way of viewing something. When staring up at the sky, one might see a heart and one might see a flower. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s simply a matter of perspective. As not just students, but also journalists, each of us have perspectives and the freedom to express them. Perspectives give stories an edge

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Executive Board Student Representatives, Emerging Young Journalists FSPA Office Staff Sponsors Contest Information Student Journalists of the Year Teachers of the Year Acknowledgements Adviser Responsibilities Behavior Rules All-Florida Publications All-Florida Individual Awards Hotel Map Convention at a Glance Session List Speaker Biographies

that make them unique and interesting to the public. FSPA 2014 will take you on a path to further explore the true power of perspectives. There are an infinite number of ways to look at something, and our duty as journalists is to expose them all to the world, allowing the public to form their own perspective.

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

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1. COLLEEN BENNETT PHILPOT President Colleen Bennett Philpot, CJE, is FSPA’s President and the adviser of the Pathfinder yearbook and oakridgemedia.org at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications graduate was awarded the JEA Rising Star award in 2013 and recently became a member of the JEA Digital Media Committee. Her kids are pretty nifty, too, earning state and national awards and recognition each year. She is currently conducting independent research to share with advisers nationwide regarding efforts to diversify journalism education. When she isn’t driving 160 miles round trip to and from work each day, you can catch her digging around in thrift stores or obsessing over home decor while glued to HGTV. Her niece Brooke, 7, is practically her best friend, and her other niece Bryndle, 1, probably would be too if it weren’t for the whole not being potty trained thing. Colleen and her husband, Rob, got married this past November (check out the fancy, new double last name). Follow her on Twitter @colbe6 2. BRIT TAYLOR Vice President Brit Taylor is FSPA’s Vice President and the journalism teacher at Hagerty High School in Oviedo. He has been involved with journalism since the ‘80s, when, as a junior high newspaper editor, he had to run pages through the glue machine and paste them down himself. After 19 years of high school advising, his current newspaper and yearbook staffs can’t run a glue machine, but they earn nice recognition despite this deficiency, including All-American and Gold Medalist ratings, a Pacemaker Finalist and two Silver Crowns. Brit and his wife, Maureen, have three children, Emma, Maggie and Wynn. 3. WAYNE GARCIA Executive Director Wayne Garcia is an award-winning po-

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Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach. She graduated in 2007 from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, specializing in media production. In 2011, she graduated from the University of West Florida with her master’s in education, specializing in instructional technology. This is her seventh year as a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association and her third year as a district board member. 7. JULIE MANCINCI District 2 Director Julie Mancini, CJE, has been advising the Tiger yearbook and Tiger Times newspaper at her alma mater Dunnellon High School for over a dozen years. Her love for photography began in early childhood and has developed into a 22-year career photographing family portraits, weddings and events. In addition, she and her students submit freelance writing and photography for the local weekly newspaper, the Riverland News. Mancini was a 2007 Reynolds Institute fellow at Arizona State University and FSPA’s District 2 Teacher of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Although her photography is her strong point, Mancini loves working with words, designing with passion, teaming up with others in her school and the community, and conceptualizing themes with her students. What Mancini loves most about advising young journalists is the variety of challenges which make each year a unique, new adventure. Mancini’s students have more than 200 bylines in the community press. 8. JENNI NEWTON District 3 Co-Director Jenni Newton has been advising the student newspaper at Florida Virtual School since 2006, and the student yearbook since 2011. Her students have been involved with FSPA for the past three years and have been recognized with All-Florida and Best of the Best honors. When she isn’t sharing her passion for journalism, she enjoys spending time with husband,

11 Chris, and children, Ben, 4, and Emily, 9 months. Jenni is the District 3 co-director with Kevin Patterson, the adviser of WROR-TV at Oviedo High School. 9. ASHLEY CLARK District 4 Director Ashley Clark is the District 4 Director of FSPA. She advises the Warrior yearbook at East Bay High School in Gibsonton. Other than teaching journalism courses, she proudly prepares ninth graders for both the FCAT and SAT. She received her bachelors of science in English Education from USF in 2011. Her journalism experience began in seventh grade with the Tread yearbook staff at Lake Gibson Middle School and continued with Yellow Jacket Productions at Bartow High. 10. ELIZABETH CARDENAS District 6 Co-Director Elizabeth Cárdenas is co-director for District 6. She has been teaching Language Arts and Reading for 22 years in MiamiDade County. For the past 16 years, she has advised both yearbook and newspaper at the middle and high school level. Currently, she is the newspaper adviser for The Viper Vibe at Felix Varela Senior High School. In 2010, she was the recipient of the FSPA Morty Schaap State Journalism Teacher of the Year and received a Special Recognition Adviser award from the JEA/Dow Jones News Fund. Kristina Garcia, the adviser of the Vox Vipera at Felix Varela Senior High, is her District 6 Co-Director. 11. RORY COOKSEY District 7 Director; A/V Coordinator Rory Cooksey has been with FSPA for 12 years. He was an editor of the Reflections yearbook at Deerfield Beach High School, as well as an editor for the Pathfinder newspaper. Although Rory is not a classroom teacher at Deerfield Beach High School, he strives on a daily basis to make the Florida Scholastic Press Association an important part of his life. Cooksey advises the Pathfinder online newspaper.

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1. CLARISSA BUCH Student Chairwoman Clarissa Buch is currently a senior at Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High School. Along with being the managing editor of her school newspaper, The Lightning Strike, Clarissa is a freelance writer for Go Riverwalk and THINK magazine and a Miami Herald Silver Knight nominee for the journalism category. To pursue her passion in the field, Clarissa will begin college at the nation’s top journalism school, the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. 2. AUSTIN ANGERMAN Student Co-Chair Austin Angerman is currently a senior at Choctawhatchee High School and has been highly involved in his school’s journalism program. He is a reporter for Smoke Signals, Choctaw’s school newspaper, and is the host and founder of Tribal News Radio, the school’s podcast. He loves producing the podcast and interviewing students and teachers every week, and hopes to continue working in radio when he goes to college next year. He will be attending the Concordia University in Austin, Texas and plans to focus on both his love of journalism and music. 3. ABBY BURGESS District 1 Abby Burgess is a junior at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She writes and designs for Smoke Signals, the school’s newspaper. She is also the upcom-

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ing president for the Student Council at Choctawhatchee High School. Abby is very involved in her youth group and works on the youth council as the historian. She plans to go to Auburn University when she graduates and major in journalism or elementary education. 4. TIFFANY MURRY District 2 Tiffany Murry is currently a junior at Dunnellon High School. She has been in TV Production for three years and thoroughly enjoys filming and editing. She considers herself more of a behind the scenes type of person rather than in front of the camera. Along with her passion for journalism, Tiffany has been riding and training horses for five years and aspires to be an Olympic rider. 5. RACHEL WANG District 3 Rachel Wang is currently a junior at Oviedo High School. With a passion for film, she has been involved in TV production since freshman year and received recognition at both the regional and state level for her projects. She is the news producer of WROR-TV, Oviedo High School’s daily news show, the secretary of OHS Italian Club, and a member of the Teen Literary Council at the local library. She hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting or film. 6. THOMAS LIU District 4 Thomas Liu is currently a junior at Hillsbor-

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ough High School. He is Student Life Editor for the Hilsborean and hopes to create a fantastic FSPA experience. Journalism has inspired him to see people in new lights and to understand all different perspectives around him. 7. MACKENZIE DUFFY District 6 Mackenzie Duffy is currently a junior at Dr. Michael Krop Sr. high School in North Miami Beach. Since the first time she read a newspaper, first-year copy editor Mackenzie dreamed of being a part of a newspaper staff. Following the lead of her older sister, Abigail, she joined The Lightning Strike. She is not only a dedicated member of her staff, but also an advocate for environmental protection and animal rights. 8. CONNOR NUGENT District 7 Connor Nugent is a junior at Seminole Ridge High School. Nugent started out in Seminole Ridges WSRH news program as the only freshman to be featured on the news. Over the past two years Nugent has become an anchor, weatherman, script writer, lead reporter, producer, director and technical director. Nugent is also an active member of the Quill and Scroll honor society. He hopes to attend college at Florida State University and major in meteorology and double minor political science and journalism.

Emerging Young Journalist Award FSPA and the Tampa Bay Times Fund will present the eighth Emerging Young Journalist Award at the Opening Session on Thursday, April 24. The award honors a freshman or sophomore whose work demonstrates a bright future in scholastic and, perhaps, professional journalism. The winner receives a $100 toward registration and travel costs for journalism conventions or workshops, plus free registration at FSPA conventions for the duration of their involvement in scholastic journalism. He or she will partner with a professional journalist for mentoring. Here are the finalists.

Isabel Hanewicz, T. R. Robinson High School, the Excalibur Grace King, American Heritage School, WAHS News Danielle Malkin, Felix Varela Senior High School, WVHS News Kathy Xie of the Red & Black, Hillsborough High School 6 | FSPA 2014 State Convention


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1. EMILY BROADDUS Office Manager Emily Broaddus is a sophomore at the University of Florida and is the FSPA office manager. She became involved with FSPA in high school when she joined Wharton High School’s All-Florida publication, The Predator. Emily was the photography editor for three years and won many district, state and national competitions for her photography and her design. She is studying advertising with a minor in history and an outside concentration in creative photo. This is her fifth year attending convention and her second as a staff member. Emily is also a member of UF’s AdSociety, Chi Omega and Gainesville YoungLife. 2. ALEXIA FERNANDEZ Alexia Fernandez is a sophomore journalism student at the University of Florida with a minor in French. Currently, she is a contributing writer for the Independent Florida Alligator, the largest student-run college newspaper in the nation. She’s excited to be interning this summer at the Orlando Sentinel. If you see her, give her a shoutout on Twitter @alexiasaid. 3. JUSTIN GALICZ Justin Galicz is a third-year journalism student at the University of Florida interested in all things visual: photography, multimedia, design and data visualization. He will be interning at the Orlando Sentinel in the summer. 4. ERICA HERNANDEZ Erica Hernandez is a junior journalism student at the University of Florida and a second year FSPA office staffer. A former high school intern at the Miami Herald, Erica worked on Coral Gables Senior High’s newspaper staff, Highlights, and literary magazine staff, Catharsis. Erica started working as a sports journalist upon arrival at UF. She has since covered,

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high school, college and professional sports teams. She is a Twitter junkie so be sure to follow her: @EricaAlyssa and interact with her via FSPA’s Facebook and Twitter: @FSPA. 5. ALLIE HERSHORN Alexandra Hershorn is a junior public relations major at the University of Florida. She attended William T. Dwyer High School where she was the Senior Editor of the Panthera yearbook staff. Allie has worked as a freelance writer for InSite Magazine Gainesville and an assistant event planner at Your Sparkling Event, LLC. This is her third year as a member of the FSPA office staff and fourth year attending the state convention. Allie is also a member of Delta Gamma sorority and a legal assistant at Johnson & Osteryoung, P.A. 6. ALEXIS LEVY Alexis Levy is a firstyear telecommunication production major at the University of Florida. She is involved in UF National Broadcasting Society and ChomPics Productions. In her free time, she likes to bingewatch television on Netflix, travel and go to concerts. She is a Cypress Bay Circuit alum (Go Lightning!). 7. HUNTER MCDANIEL Hunter McDaniel is a journalism major in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida.

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She was a member of Citrus High School’s Citrio yearbook staff for three years, the Whirlwind newspaper staff for three years and the Turbulence literary magazine for one year. This is Hunter’s fifth year attending the FSPA convention and her first as part of the FSPA staff. 8. KEVIN STEPHENS Kevin Stephens is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Hillsborough High School in Tampa where he served as editor-in-chief of the Hilsborean yearbook for two consecutive years. He attended all four FSPA conventions throughout his high school career. He plans on pursuing a profession in journalism and currently attends the University of South Florida where he is working on a degree in Mass Communications.

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Sponsors

Balfour Student Journalist of the Year Morty Schaap Teacher of the Year Dean Stewart Photography Judge’s Hospitality Room Student Bags Herff Jones T-shirt sponsor Jostens Friday Adviser Luncheon Leonards On the Spot Contests Sun Coast Press Convention Program Printing

Exhibitors

Balfour Bright House Sports Network Dean Stewart Photography Fox Mar Friesens Yearboks Herff Jones Jostens Leonard’s Photography Lifetouch Yearbooks and Photography PlayOn! Sports School Newspapers Online Sun Coast Press SWI Photography Walsworth Publishing

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Sponsor Honor Roll Since its beginnings in 1946, FSPA has achieved many amazing goals. As an all-volunteer organization, however, much of our success has depended on sponsors who realize the importance of enhancing and promoting scholastic journalism. With today’s ever-increasing economic challenges, this sponsorship is crucial. Therefore, in grateful recognition of support received, FSPA launched an Honor Roll program in the 2001-2002 school year to recognize our partners who assist in our ongoing efforts to educate, train and support Florida’s student journalists and their advisers. The following list reflects contributions and in-kind sponsorships channeled through the FSPA office since that time. We salute all of our sponsors!

Founders ($30,001 and up) Prestige Portraits/Bryn-Alan Studio

UF College of Journalism and Communications

Benefactors ($15,001 to $30,000) Jostens Herff Jones Yearbooks

Balfour Walsworth Publishing Company

Sponsors ($7,501 to $15,000) Dean Stewart Photography

The Tampa Tribune

Advocates ($2,501 to $7,500) Florida Press Association The Independent Florida Alligator Leonard’s Photography Lifetouch Publishing The Orlando Sentinel Poynter Institute for Media Studies

Les Rose Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times) University of South Florida School of Mass Communications Society of Porfessional Journalists Wall Street Journal

Friends (up to $2,500) American Society of Newspaper Editors Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Bright House Sports Network The College Press Community News Publications Dean Stewart Photography Diane’s Fundraising Julie E. Dodd Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization Linda Evanchyk Florida Association of Broadcasters Florida International Univeristy School of Journalism and Mass Communication Florida Technical Institute Friesen’s Yearbooks Live Yearbook

The Gainesville Sun Gigante Productions Deb Jepson JS Printing Liveality The New York Times Betsy Owen Phocron Judy Booth Richman School Newspapers Online Sports Venturz Sun Coast Press SWI Photography Tallahassee Democrat University of Tampa Vision Tech Walt Disney World Youth Programs Raoul Zayas


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FEATURED SPEAKERS RANDY SERRANO Thursday Keynote

Randy Serrano is a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC Universal Telemundo. In his young career as a journalist, Randy Serrano has covered the simmering conflict between Israeli forces and Hezbollah on the volatile LebaneseIsraeli border, literally touching the story in this part of the world. He’s covered U.S. politics on Capitol Hill, and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Italy, he reported extensively on the Holy See for international broadcast to the United States and Latin America, as well as the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila and U.S. president Barack Obama’s first diplomatic visit to Italy. He holds a double bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Connecticut. Sessions: Breaking Through 9 a.m. Friday, Palms B; Spanish News Media 10 a.m. Friday, Palms B; Breaking Through 2 p.m. Friday, Clementine; Spanish Style 3 p.m. Friday, Clementine

SARA GANIM Friday Keynote

Sara Ganim is a CNN correspondent based in Atlanta. In 2012, Ganim joined CNN as a general assignment reporter from the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA, where she broke the story of the grand jury investigation into Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator from the storied Penn State University football program. Her reporting of Sandusky’s child sex abuse scandal garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Along with her print journalism experience, she has also served as an on-air contributor for CNN, HLN and In Session during Sandusky’s trial and conviction. Ganim holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University. In 2011, she was honored with the George Polk Award in journalism and the Sidney Award for socially conscious journalism. Photo by CNN Sessions: A Not So Trivial Pursuit 9 a.m. Friday, Palms B; Surviving in a Mobile World 10 a.m. Friday, Palms B; Seriously? 2 p.m. Friday, Lemon; A Not So Trivial Pursuit 3 p.m. Friday, Lemon

JEFF SHARON is a course director in the New Media Journalism Master of Arts program at Full Sail University. Before joining Full Sail, he worked for his alma mater, the University of Central Florida, producing and hosting a weekly sports magazine show covering UCF sports. He received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television with a minor in political science from UCF and earned his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In addition to teaching, he currently works as a freelance play-by-play sportscaster. Jeff is also an avid sports fan and aerospace history enthusiast and keeps a blog on the topic at http://www.aerothusiast.com. Sessions: 15 Commandments of Great Video 9 a.m. Friday, Orange; Documentary Storytelling: Letting Your Video Tell the story 10 a.m. Friday, Orange; How to Run a Student Media Organization Without Killing Trees 11 a.m. Friday, Orange EVELYN LAUER is the adviser of the award-winning publication Niles West News in Skokie, Ill. She is an active member of the JEA Digital Media committee, a board member of KEMPA and NISPA and a contributor for the Huffington Post. She was a 2012 JEA Rising Star. You can find her on Twitter @ evelynalauer. Sessions: When Packaging Goes Beyond Picas: Multimedia Content and Your Digital Publication 10 a.m. Friday, Tangerine; The iJournalist: Using iPads and iPods 11 a.m. Friday, Tangerine; You’re Online. Now What? 2 p.m. Friday, Tangerine; Just Hashtag It: Social Media and Your Publication 3 p.m. Friday, Tangerine

STEVE JOHNSON is a multimedia journalist and adjunct lecturer at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Specializing in backpack journalism, Johnson has worked some of the largest stories in the past decade, including the 2012 London Olympics, the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a multitude of NCAA national championships. Sessions: Social Media Reporting 10 a.m. Friday, Palms H; Getting Your Butt in Gear 11 a.m. Friday, Palms H; Finding Your Passion 2 p.m. Friday, Orange; Visual Storytelling 3 p.m. Friday, Orange

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CAMP ORLANDO SUMMER WORKSHOP JULY 28-31

YAY! Take an important step toward creating Your Awesome Year for your yearbook and newspaper publication. Join advisers and staffs in yearbook and newspaper sessions that will inspire you for 2015 — YAY!

Our nationally known instructors: Colleen Bennett

Nick Masuda

John Burke

Sabrina Schmitz

Jill Burns

Jackson Stoess

Rick Brunson

Becky Tate

Judy Cannaday

Dow Tate

Jill Chittum, MJE

Brit Taylor

Deb Jepson

Jeff Tuttle

Pete LeBlanc

Tod Traughber

Lisa Llewellyn

Alan Weintraut

Oak Ridge High School, Orlando, FL Boone High School, Orlando, FL Robinson High School, Tampa, FL Journalism Professor, University of Central Florida Palm Harbor University High School, Palm Harbor, FL Walsworth yearbook sales representative, AR Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL Antelope High School, Antelope, CA Walsworth yearbook sales representative, TX

Managing Editor of Digital Content & Innovation, Golfweek J.W. Mitchell High School, New Port Richy, FL Walsworth yearbook sales representative, TN Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL Photographer, Wichita Eagle and Tuttle Photography Walsworth yearbook sales representative, AR Annandale High School, Annandale, VA

July 28-31 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld $275 early registration due by July 11, $285 after that For more information, please contact us at wpccamporlando@gmail.com or 407.701.8238 facebook.com/camporlando | twitter.com/camporlando Walsworth Yearbook Sales Representatives Sarah Burker | Tracy de la Feuilliez | Debbie Creasman | Matt Diaz | Missy Green David Hutcherson | Donna Hutcherson | Veronika Levine | Adam Livesay

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SPECIAL EVENTS CONVENTION CHECK-IN Check-in begins at noon Thursday. Advisers will report to the check-in window to pick up programs (courtesy of Sun Coast Press), T-shirts (sponsored by Herff Jones), adviser bags (provided by Walsworth Publishing Company) and student bags (courtesy of Dean Stewart Photography) banquet tickets and student wristbands, which must be worn at all times during the convention. Only one student may approach the registration window with an adviser to assist with distributed materials. Advisers will also turn in student behavior contracts at this time. Additionally, speaker name badges can also be picked up here. Speakers on Friday can report to the FSPA Office to pick up speaker name badges. 12 – 6 p.m., Thursday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday Palms Foyer HOTEL CHECK-IN Rooms may not be available prior to the 4 p.m. check-in time. Publications arriving prior to that time to compete in contests can store luggage in Cedar/Marathon. Check-out time is 11 a.m. Saturday. 12 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Jasmine ON-THE-SPOT CONTEST CHECK-IN Publications pre-registered for onthe-spot contests can pick up a packet containing contest information and additional instructions, including contest room locations. If you have not paid for these contests, you must do so at this time. For a list of contest locations, see page 14. Sponsored by Leonard’s Photography. 12 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Palms Foyer VENDOR TRADE SHOW/EXHIBITS Take some time to visit our trade show exhibits. Get information from local and national vendors, chat with representatives, pick up some goodies and have a great time. 12 – 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, 12 | FSPA 2014 State Convention

Palms Foyer DANNY WELLMAN DISPLAYS Check out how eight different publications used the “Perspectives” theme to create unique exhibits. All Danny Wellman displays can be put out for display beginning at noon on Thursday. Judging begins at 8 p.m. Thursday. All displays must be removed by 5 p.m. Friday. 12 – 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Palms Foyer PUBLICATION ROUNDTABLES Join some of the FSPA district representative as they moderate roundtable discussions about what works (or doesn’t) for every publication type. Check page 13 for specific locations. 2 – 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Varies ISSUE ROUNDTABLES Join the FSPA district representatives as they moderate roundtable discussions about some of the issues that most plague high school publications and media organizations. Check page 13 for specific locations and topics. 3 – 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Varies DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING Students and advisers are invited to attend this special screening of TEACH, which explores America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource, teachers. This 90-minute film by Academy Award-winning Davis Guggenheim (“Waiting for Superman”) follows a year in the life of four public school teachers and illustrates the tenacity, innovation and passion that drives them. 2 – 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Citron MEET WITH A PRO Pre-registration was required for this event. Advisers and staffs who signed up for a critique should check appointment times posted on the door of the critique rooms. A schedule will

be posted on the door Thursday and Friday. Critiques are exactly 20 minutes, so staffs are asked to arrive on time. 2 – 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Azalea A; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Hibiscus OPENING SESSION Join us at 7 p.m. as we kick off the FSPA 2014 State Convention. Randy Serrano will discuss his life as a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal. Some of our Best-of-the Best awards will be given out at this session, and we’ll take a look at some award-winning student work, including the winner of the Quick-Turn TwoMinute Movie contest. The Tampa Bay Times Emerging Young Journalist award winner will also be recognized. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Thursday, Palms Ballroom ADVISER RECEPTION After opening session, advisers are asked to attend a reception and business meeting. District directors will share important convention information and begin discussing district workshop dates for the fall. Executive Board members will be on site to answer any questions. 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Clementine PUBLICATION SWAP SHOP Bring copies of your publication and spend some time with other journalists from around the state discussing what has and has not worked for your publication. Leave with great ideas from other staffs about how to take your publication from drab to fab. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Mandarin PARDON THE INTERRUPTION CONTEST Come watch teams from different publications compete in this sports debate competition, modeled after the ESPN program of the same name. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Citron


SPECIAL EVENTS JUDGE’S HOSPITALITY All advisers with students registered for an on-the-spot contest will be given a contest and a time slot for judging. If you didn’t register students for a contest and have some free time, stop by to help judge. Your feedback is invaluable for our students. Light snacks and drinks are provided for judges. Sponsored by Dean Stewart Photography. 4 – 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, Oleander A and B ADVISER BREAKFAST Come join fellow advisers to discuss publication-related issues and get advice in this informal breakfast setting. Executive Board members will be on hand to answer any questions. 8 – 9 a.m. Friday, Magnolia/Jasmine FRIDAY SESSIONS Come see some of the best in the journalism field as they speak at five different sessions. Session titles, descriptions and speakers can be found on pages 28–32 9 – 11:50 a.m. and 2 – 3:50 p.m. Friday, Varies

ADVISER LUNCHEON Advisers are asked to attend this luncheon and business meeting. Silver, Gold and Platinum Key recipients and finalists for the Morty Schaap Teacher of the Year award (sponsored by Balfour) will be honored. Gold Medallion recipients will also be recognized. Sponsored by Jostens. 12 – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Magnolia/Jasmine STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL After seeing the winning entry at the opening session, check out some of the other top entries in our Student Film Festival. These two-minute and five-minute entries are produced by students from around the state. 8:30–10:30 p.m., Palms Ballroom; 10 – 11:30 a.m. Friday, Citron BANQUET Publication delegates should plan to attend the formal banquet Friday evening. In addition to a great meal, CNN correspondent Sara Ganim will discuss how her investigative reporting broke the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State sex abuse scandal, earning her a Pulitzer Prize. All-Florida publications

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will be honored, and more Best of the Best awards will be distributed. The Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year (sponsored by Balfour) and the Morty Schaap Journalism Teacher of the Year (sponsored by Balfour) will be named. The dress code for the event is black and white attire. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Palms Ballroom STUDENT DANCE Students are invited to get to know students from around the state while dancing the night away with music provided by a DJ. Students will be asked to show their convention wristbands to be admitted. Advisers are asked to attend to chaperone students. 9 – 11:15 p.m. Friday, Palms Ballroom CLOSING SESSION Winners of all on the spot contests will be announced. More Best of the Best winners will be recognized. Bright House Sports Network sponsors all sports video categories. 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Friday, Palms Ballroom

Issue Roundtables

Join the FSPA district representatives as they moderate roundtable discussions about what works (or doesn’t) for every publication type. (2 – 2:50 p.m. Thursday)

Join the FSPA district representatives as they moderate roundtable discussions about issues that plague student publications/organizations. (3 – 3:50 p.m. Thursday)

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Newspaper/ Magazine

Lime

Drawing the Line: Friendships/Business Maintaining a Happy Staff

Fleming

Online

Sunset

Help! My Publication is Poor!

Siesta

Yearbook

Mandarin

Managing the Slacker Staffer

Sunset

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CONTESTS Advisers: You must register the names of each student competing in the on-the-spot contests at the contest registration desk beginning at noon. Student names must be received before contest starts or student is disqualified. Do not send students to check in. Broadcast contest entrants: Attend a mandatory orientation meeting at 2 p.m. in Lime. We will have a make-up session for those unable to attend at 4 p.m. in Lime also. Contest

Where to Go

When to Go There

Convention Twitter Coverage

Pick up contest instructions at contest check-in then attend Opening Session featuring Randy Serrano

Check in before opening

News Photography

Contest check-in

Check in before opening; turn in submissions at 10 p.m. in Tangerine

Feature Photography

Contest check-in

Check in before opening; turn in submissions at 10 p.m. in Tangerine

Team Literary Magazine

Contest check-in

Check in before opening; turn in submission at 4 p.m. in Hibiscus

Team Newspaper

Contest check-in

Check in before opening; turn in submission at 10:30 p.m. in Orange

Team Yearbook

Contest check-in

Check in before opening; turn in submission at 10:30 p.m. in Lemon

Edit to the Beat

Contest check-in desk to pick up contest materials; attend broadcast orientation at 2 p.m. in Lime; work in broadcast workroom (Largo/Longboat)

2 p.m.–orientation in Lime 8:30 a.m. Friday–turn in submissions in Oleander A

Man on the Street

Contest check-in desk to pick up contest materials; attend broadcast orientation at 2 p.m. in Lime; work in broadcast workroom (Largo/Longboat)

2 p.m.–orientation in Lime 8:30 a.m. Friday–turn in submission in Oleander A

Package Editing

Contest check-in desk to pick up contest materials; attend broadcast orientation at 2 p.m. in Lime, work in broadcast workroom (Largo/Longboat)

2 p.m.–orientation in Lime 7 p.m.–turn in submission in Oleander A

Collaborative Commercial

Contest check-in desk to pick up contest materials; attend broadcast orientation at 2 p.m. in Lime, work in broadcast workroom (Largo/Longboat)

2 p.m.–orientation in Lime 6 pm..–turn in submission in Oleander A

Cinema Editing Challenge

Contest check-in desk to pick up contest materials; attend broadcast orientation at 2 p.m. in Lime, work in broadcast workroom (Largo/Longboat

2 p.m.–orientation in Lime 10:30 p.m.–Turn in submission in Oleander A

Digital Infographic

Tangerine

2 p.m. – bring your laptop!

Opinion Column

Mandarin

2 p.m.

Poetry

Azalea B

2 p.m.

Review Writing

Attend the documentary screening of TEACH in Citron at 2 pm.; report to Clementine immediately after to begin contest

2 p.m.

Press Conference Story

Tangerine

4 p.m.

Hand Drawn Illustration

Azalea B

4 p.m.

Pardon the Interruption

Citron

8:30 p.m.

Individual News Anchor

Hibiscus

Immediately following opening

Steven J. Thor Mixed Company

Lime

8:30 p.m.

Short Story

Azalea B

8:30 p.m.

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JOURNALISTS OFTHEYEAR

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1. CLARISSA BUCH Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, Miami For as long as I can remember, journalism has been the central theme in my life. I am known in my school and my community as a journalist. That label is not just a title but also a way of life; it has become my identity My story began in freshman year when I entered “Journalism I.” The following year, I joined The Lightning Strike staff, became a copy editor, and needless to say my year was a blend of long hours, late nights and unforgettable memories. In my junior year I was chosen the managing editor, which makes me the youngest student to hold the position on The Strike. During the last two years in the position, my paper was recognized as “All-American” by the National Scholastic Press Association and “All Florida” by the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Most recently, NSPA named our paper a Pacemaker finalist. However, my involvement in scholastic journalism extends far beyond the classroom. I was named the FSPA District 6 Representative for 2012-2013, and I am now the State Chairwoman for 2013-2014. I am a nominee for the Miami Herald “Silver Knight” awards in the category of journalism, and I freelance for various city magazines in Fort Lauderdale. I am officially a “Mizzou Tiger” and will be attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism in the fall. None of this would have been possible without my adviser Mary K. Sullivan, or as I like to call her “Sully.” I wish I had the words to describe how thankful I am for you. You have shown me the true meanings of passion, dedication and love; and for that, I am forever grateful. 2. WILLIAM HARVEY King High School, Tampa When I was younger, my parents laid down a

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free-time ultimatum. I could either play an instrument or join a sport. I ignored both options and chose to be a writer. My first foray into journalism was when I was accepted onto the St. Petersburg Times X-Team at the age of 9. After my initial year, I transitioned to Times Correspondent and continued pitching stories and reviews. In high school, I started writing for tb-two*, the Tampa Bay Times’ student-run high school paper where I am currently a student editor. Closer to home, I am the content editor for my school paper, the King High Scepter. Writing is my forte, particularly humor and opinion pieces. I’m never afraid to raise my voice, whether to cause change or just to make a good joke. I’m also not a big fan of unwieldy SAT words; I prefer to keep my pieces understandable and concise. Design is my second love; nothing excites me more than a well thought-out page design. Outside of journalism, I am a huge nerd who loves all things related to pop culture. In my free time, you can catch me designing mock-product packages, building costumes or petitioning against Comic Sans. 3. JORDAN THURN Lakeland High School, Lakeland Jordan Thurn is the third-year editor-in-chief of the Highlander staff. Among her accolades are her three-year position as sports writer, working for the Bagpipe staff, as well as providing coverage for Lakelandfootball.com and Bright House Networks. Jordan acts as a mentor to younger students in the program and has been a contributor, designer and writer for four publications of the joint Lakeland and Harrison yearbook. Jordan is a member of JEA, has attended eight FSPA conferences and has attended an NSPA conference in San Antonio, TX. Enrolled in 12 AP classes throughout her high school career, Jordan managed a 4.4 GPA while adding 472 community

services hours to her resume, working with the Salvation Army, Watson Clinic Cancer Center and for Lakeland High School’s Multimedia Communication Academy journalism program where she accumulated most of her hours. Jordan’s experience in print and video production have made her a true asset not only to her high school’s program, but her work with the business community, including the Lakeland Ledger, Barrett Communications and Bright House Networks has extended the visibility of MCA and LHS students, staff and volunteers in important ways. Jordan has been accpted into UF’s School of Journalism and Communications for fall 2014. 4. LIZ TSOURAKIS Hillsborough High School, Tampa Liz Tsourakis is a senior at Hillsborough High School and a fourth-year member of the journalism program. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hilsborean yearbook and an editor of tb-two*, the Tampa Bay Times’ weekly high school newspaper. She worked briefly on From the Corps, a local TV news show produced for teenagers by the Tampa Mayor’s Youth Corps and contributed to fiveonfive, an internationally-distributed roller derby magazine. In 2012, she was named FSPA’s Emerging Young Journalist and the following year she served as District 4’s student representative. Last year she covered San Diego Comic Con, where she interviewed the casts of “Psych,” “Community,” and “Key & Peele.” Liz intends to double-major in psychology and film at either the University of Chicago or Barnard College, and later pursue journalism at the graduate level. She dreams of becoming an NBC Page and going on to work for the network in broadcast journalism or TV production.

Student Journalist of the Year award in honor of slain journalist Todd C. Smith

Todd C. Smith 1961 - 1989

“Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” Spoken by Robert E. Lee, “These words were Todd C. Smith’s favorite quote, and in his own way, he lived up to them,” said 1996 Leon High School High Life news editor Brandy Doyle in a tribute she wrote for The History of FSPA. Smith, a 1979 High Life co-editor, was killed in November 1989. On a working vacation from The Tampa Tribune, Smith was kidnapped by Shining Path guerillas while attempting to report on Peru’s cocaine-producing Huallaga Valley. Several days later, his body was found on a playground in Uchiza, Peru. Apparently, he had been mistaken for a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and was tortured to death.

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The FSPA Executive Board named the Student Journalist of the Year Award program in honor of Smith’s dedication to duty. In 2002, the inaugural presentation was made by Smith’s father, Robert P. Smith, at the awards banquet. Members of Smith’s family, former colleagues from his time on staff at The Tribune and Tallahassee’s Leon High School newspaper attended. After beginning his career in high school, Smith was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He interned at the Tallahassee Democrat and worked for the St. Petersburg Times. In 1987, he freelanced in Nicaragua and Honduras, running a series in the St. Petersburg Times and San Francisco Chronicle about his journey with the Contras.


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District 1: Sara Guilbeau Advises: Yearbook adviser at Gulf Breeze High School. Entered journalism: Put into role of adviser this year by the administration to successfully organize and improve the yearbook and journalism program. Other experience: Business management and communications. Appreciates: The support of the school administration, local professional press and local community. The tight-knit community respects and is involved with the students, the school and the publications program. Biggest challenge: Overcoming the learning curve of a first year adviser. Goal is to improve the yearbook into an award-winning book. Greatest enjoyment: Working as a team with the students to produce a publication that will be treasured in years to come. Praise: “Miss Guilbeau possesses a positive and enthusiastic personality. I have found other yearbook staff members have accepted her as a strong working member of our team and she has a great rapport with the entire yearbook staff.” Cailyn Hamstra, Cetacea yearbook editor

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District 3: Callie Williams Advises: Newspaper, Yearbook and TV Production at Astronaut High School. Entered journalism: High school yearbook staff. Other journalism teaching: At district and state FSPA conventions and at yearbook summer workshops. Creating a community: All three journalism outlets work hand in hand. She has created an atmosphere that promotes student leadership, freedom of speech and student-guided reporting. She has learned to be flexible because what works for one staff doesn’t always work for another. Biggest challenge: Budgeting–the yearbook staff has worked hard to get out debt, which will happen this year. Combining three staffs has been a juggling act, but she loves it. Greatest enjoyment: “When my students shine. I love seeing them celebrate deadlines, help each other or lead in ways that develop only in the journalism classroom. I love seeing [my editors] take ownership and get involved.” Praise: “There is no doubt in my mind that Mrs. Williams has lit a spark in the hearts of many students, teaching them the importance of journalism and doing so in a way that makes each of her students feel District 2: Janice “J.R.” Latham-Smith comfortable and accepted,” Jenna Overstreet, Golden Advises: TV Production Program at Dunnellon High Aerie yearbook editor School. Entered journalism: Editor of her elementary school District 4: Joe Humphrey newspaper. Advises: Newspaper, Broadcast, Yearbook, Online Other experience: Other experience: Worked in her news site at Hillsborough High School. family’s motion picture production business. Other experience: Reporter for Florida Times-Union, Extreme program make-over: Entering the TV pro- Tampa Tribune, Editor for Community News Publicaduction “classroom” on day one, Latham-Smith tions. found no chair, desk or table, and saw a heap on the Entered journalism: High school newspaper and floor consisting of an old video camera, a few cables, yearbook. a broadcast amplifier, and 12 students who were FSPA involvement: Two terms as President; Vice-Presshocked that the days of sitting on the couch doing ident; District Director, created Walt Disney World nothing were over. Through her fundraising and re- Media Day. cruiting efforts, the program now has state of the art Real life reporting: Sent student reporters and equipment and students who are winning awards, photographers to local appearances by President contests and scholarships for their broadcast work. Obama, Gov. Romney and Gov. Scott. Instead of relyBiggest challenge: “There never seems to be enough ing on wire photos, students got live interviews and hours in the day to accomplish everything on my ‘to real photos. do’ list.” Greatest challenge: Journalism I students each passGreatest enjoyment: The lifelong relationships that ing year show less interest in reading, storytelling are developed with the students. “Being able to in- and cultural literacy. Advisers continue to work with fluence young people in a positive way is a priceless students to keep publications relevant. benefit in scholastic journalism.” Greatest enjoyment: The “Hillsborough Journalism Praise: Student feel “as if J.R. is their mother. She has Family” has a sense of togetherness and “foreverness” regular Thursday potlucks during lunch hour…I’m that makes him proud to be an adviser. talking about crock pots of delicious food, thought- Praise: “He connects with students and shows them ful sharing, a true family atmosphere.” Julie Mancini, how much he cares about them. Joe pushes them Newspaper and Yearbook Adviser, Dunnellon High to be better versions of themselves,” Clare Lennon School Baird, Class of 2009

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District 6: Patrick Sicher Advises: TV Production program at South Dade Senior High School. Entered journalism: Six years ago when he took over the TV class. Other experience: In the last six years, he has worked for BlackSportsOnline.com, covered events including the Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins. Partnerships with his class: With the South Dade News Leader and with the City of Homestead to film community events. Diversity: Last year, he had a deaf student who was the subject of an award-winning movie the class made this year. Being the subject of this film has changed the formerly introverted student into one who is social, communicative and unafraid of showing people he is deaf. Greatest challenge: Getting his students to overcome doubt. They don’t feel their work is appreciated by the teachers. They also have to learn that despite not having the latest technology, they can still produce quality videos with their talent and creativity. Greatest Enjoyment: “Whenever a student tells me they want to study journalism because of my class.” Praise: He is the “best teacher I have ever had in my life,” Luis Gonzalez, Class of 2014 District 7: Melissa Falkowski Advises: Yearbook, Literary Magazine at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Entered journalism: Joined the yearbook staff in seventh grade. FSPA involvement: District Director, Contest Coordinator. Found money: Wrote a grant to fully fund the literary magazine, which has been publishing for the last seven years. Passionate about: Student press rights and students’ First Amendment rights. She applied to be a part of the Tinker Tour and her school was selected as a stop on the tour. Her students discussed important issues with someone who made history standing up for student rights. Biggest challenge: There are never enough hours in a day for this busy adviser and mother. Greatest enjoyment: Working with her publications students. For many students, the yearbook room becomes “home away from home and a place where they can belong.” She values the close, long-term relationships with students, many of whom keep in touch with her after they graduate. Praise: “It would be a crime if I didn’t credit Falkowski and her role as a teacher for influencing where I am today and what I have already accomplished. I am currently a part of the Co-Op Program at the Boston Globe.” Kathleen Liu, Class of 2012 FSPA 2014 State Convention | 17


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The FSPA Executive Board and the 2014 Convention team wish to thank the following people for their assistance with preparing this conference and for their support of scholastic journalism and FSPA. • • • • • • • • • •

Dawn Amick, Wyndham Convention Services Manager John Yarbrough, Wyndham Senior Director of Sales Mustafa Gafoor, Wyndham Director of Banquet Operations Omar Delgado, contest assistance Heather Hanks, contest assistance, Guidebook Jill Burns, contest assistance Rory Cooksey, FSPA 2014 Executive Producer Judy Cannaday, Teacher of the Year Coordinator Bradley Wilson, SJOY judging coordinator University of Florida College of Journalism and

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Communications and Dean Diane McFarlin Kurt Doster and CBTV, Cypress Bay High School Sun Coast Press, program printing Orlando Magazine, student bag inserts Indiana University, student bag inserts American University, student bag inserts Our generous sponsors Our giving speakers Our helpful judges Publications advisers Scholastic journalism parents

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BEHAVIOR RULES/ADVISER DUTIES Adviser Duties: ALL advisers must assist with supervision of students at all times. Supervision inside the hotel during the entertainment activities and at nighttime is the responsibility of every adviser. SUPERVISION of your students MUST be your TOP PRIORITY. After checking on their own students, advisers should patrol their own floors for at LEAST 30 minutes after curfew. An offduty police officer will make rounds on each floor. Advisers are reminded that they must judge contests if their students are participating. Advisers whose students are not participating are encouraged to assist with the judging process. Behavior Rules: FSPA delegates have established a record of good behavior, mainly because rules are clearly stated in the behavior contract, which delegates must review

and sign prior to the convention. These rules are meant to keep delegates safe and to give everyone an opportunity to benefit from convention activities. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Curfew: 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Students must be in assigned rooms at that time. Visitation: Prohibited after curfew. Visitation in hotel rooms by students of the opposite sex must be supervised by adviser. Students must make whereabouts known to chaperone at all times. Students should not go anywhere alone. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO LEAVE THE HOTEL AT NIGHT without a chaperone. Tobacco use is prohibited. Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times. Dancing which is determined to be “inappropriate” will result in discipline by your school administrators.

9. Wristbands must be worn at all times. 10. Students should not engage in disruptive or inconsiderate behavior. Students should understand the hotel has many other guests who should be treated respectfully at all times. 11. The following rules are most serious and will result in the immediate suspension of the students’ publication from FSPA for one year. These rules include, but are not limited to: possession of a weapon, sexual misconduct, fighting, possession or use of alcohol or drugs, unresolved damage to hotel facilities, leaving convention without supervision or permission, cheating in FSPA contests and competitions, and infractions deemed serious by the Executive Board. 12. Violations of these rules may result in forfeiture of awards by the entire publication or school delegation.

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ALL-FLORIDA PUBLICATIONS FSPA will honor these exceptional publications at the banquet Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. All-Florida Yearbooks Aerie Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Melissa Falkowski, adviser

Fusion Hagerty HS Brit Taylor, adviser

Pathfinder Oak Ridge HS Colleen Bennett Philpot, adviser

Aftermath Palm Harbor University HS Judy Cannaday, adviser

Hilsborean Hillsborough HS Joe Humphrey, adviser

Renaissance Suncoast HS Stephanie Russo, adviser

Arcadia West Shore Junior/Senior HS Mark Schledorn, adviser

Maurader Maclay School Deborah Mayer, adviser

The Cobra Coleman MS Christina Porcelli-Wilson, adviser

Cavaleon Coral Gables HS Ana Zuniga, adviser

Olympian Nova HS Suzanne Alioto, adviser

The View Pine View School Brigid Shannon, adviser

Tigrium Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Sarah Tricano, adviser

All-Florida Newspapers/Newsmagazines

All-Florida Broadcast Programs

The Blueprint Hagerty HS Brit Taylor, adviser

The Pathfinder Deerfield Beach HS Jeffrey Romance, adviser

The Circuit Cypress Bay HS Rhonda Weiss, adviser

The Prowl Coral Glades HS Jonathan Gordon, adviser

CCNN Live Christopher Columbus HS Omar Delgado, Christina Hidalgo, advisers

The Courier Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Michelle Gideon, adviser

Red & Black Hillsborough HS Joe Humphrey, adviser

The Lightening Strike Dr. Michael Krop Senior HS Mary K. Sullivan, adviser

The Roar West Shore Junior/Senior HS Mark Schledorn, adviser

The Lion’s Tale Oviedo HS Deb Jepson, adviser

Scepter King HS Chris Munoz, adviser

All-Florida Online Media CavsConnect Coral Gables Senior HS Ana Suarez, adviser oakridgemedia.org Oak Ridge HS Colleen Bennett Philpot, adviser

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The Circuit Online Cypress Bay HS Rhonda Weiss, adviser

PCTV Pine Crest School Dave Burgess, adviser

CTV Cooper City HS Alfredo Pichardo, adviser

WAHS News American Heritage School (Plantation) HS Maria Molina, adviser

On the Prowl Martin County HS Jeff Younglove, adviser

WBLN Jesuit Preparatory School John Calderin, adviser

All-Florida Literary Magazines Catharsis Coral Gables HS Camile Betances, adviser

Reflections Gulliver Preparatory School Monica Rodriguez, adviser

Mirage Seminole Ridge HS Carly Gates, adviser

The Leaf Coral Springs Charter School Tamara Moore, adviser

Expressions American Heritage School (Plantation) Diana Adams, adviser


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ALL-FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 1 in 8 Million Best of the Best presented at Closing American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Andrew Briz, Raul Fagundez) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Joseph Cacioppo, Raul Fagundez) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Madison Parelle) WBTV Stallion Today, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Conor Callahan) Broadcast Profile Best of the Best presented at Banquet CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Jenna Workman, Gaby Olivera) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Marlee Wirda, Megan Barney) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Andrew Briz, Joseph Piscitelli, Mario Perez) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Raul Fagundez, Jose Companioni, Daniel Villanueva, David Perez) FBN, John A. Ferguson Senior High School (Kevin Caisedo, Alejandra Salazar) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Roxy Ackerman, Rachel Hackman , Tai Lewis, Matt Kronengold) The Sun Weekly Review, University School at Nova Southeastern University (Carlos Doce, Alexis Diveroli) The Truth, J. P. Taravella High School (Jason McMahon, Jacob Bogus, Chris Colosi) WSRK Shark News, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School (Mariana Lombello, Vanessa Aponte) Broadcast Show Opening Best of the Best presented at Opening American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Andrew Briz, Raul Fagundez, Ruben Rodriguez, Steven Guas) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Kassidy James, Eduardo Serpa) WBTV, West Broward High School (Caleb Fernandez, Daniel Toruno) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (David McLaughlin, Kevin Kruse, Eric Reum) Comic strip Best of the Best presented at Closing The Lightening Strike, Dr. Michael Krop High School (Michael Behfar) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Lauren Hight) Computer Drawn Illustration Best of the Best presented at Closing Equus, American Heritage School–Boca/ Delray (Julia Sorensen) Unbound, Florida Virtual School (Erica Nathan) Editorial Best of the Best presented at Opening BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Winnie Meyer) BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Adeline Davis) BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Daniella Purcell) Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Morgan Marquez)

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Highlights, Coral Gables Senior High School (Nicolas Rivero) oakridgemedia.org, Oak Ridge High School (Rochelle Deliz) Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School (Kassie Rodriguez) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Nikki Ferrera) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Ellie Rodriguez) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Kathy Xie) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Chelsea Helt) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Chelsea Helt) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Lisa Burgoa) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Alexa Steinlauf) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Elanna Heda) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Alexa Steinlauf) The Lion’sTale, Oviedo High School (Keenan Smith) The Prowl, Coral Glades High School (Romy Ellenbogen) The Seahawk’s Eye, Cape Coral High School (Emily Mavrakis) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Toni Cross) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Alex Nebel) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Eden Smalley) Editorial Cartoon Best of the Best presented at Opening The Prowl, Coral Glades High School (Crystal Modeste) Feature Package Best of the Best presented at Banquet American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Nina Brown, Grace King, Kristi Cook) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Marlee Weirda) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Zack Caparelli) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Erika Orstad) On the Prowl, Martin County High Schol (Vicki Jackson, Stephanie Cameron) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Allison Samowitz) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Roxy Ackerman, Austin Fields, Matt Kronengold, Allison Samowitz) RTV News, Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School (Isabella Paez, Everett Marshall) The Sun Weekly Review, University School at Nova Southeastern University (Andrea Essenfeld) The Truth, J. P. Taravella High School (Kayla St. Laurent Linero, Steven Gomera) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (Courtney O’Connor) WSRK Shark News, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School (Maya Rodda, Elizabeth Quintero) WVHS News, Felix Varela Senior High School (Stephanie Valdes, Fiamma Fernandez) Feature Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet Liberator, Pace High School (Danni Green)

The Cobra, Coleman Middle School (Staff) Warrior, East Bay High School (Jennifer Sell) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) Feature Story Best of the Best presented at Opening Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Jessica Thornton) KnightWriters, Robinson High School (Isabel Hanewicz) oakridgemedia.org, Oak Ridge High School (Josue Figueroa) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Zoe Blair-Andrews) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Avery Zaffos) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Jennifer Schonberger) The Gauntlet, Saint Stephens Episcopal School (Indre Zalepuga) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Amyliz Rodriguez) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Brandon White) The Lynx, West Broward High School (Scott Gelman) The Lynx, West Broward High School (Gaby Hernandez, Project Broward Staff) The Lynx, West Broward High School (Tea Piro) The Prowl, Coral Glades High School (Amy Weiss) The Roar, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Jessica Whaley, Valerie Ferretti) Hand-Drawn Illustration Best of the Best presented at Opening American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Di Wu) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Di Wu) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Di Wu) CavsConnect, Coral Gables Senior High School (James Burke) CavsConnect, Coral Gables Senior High School (Amanda Leal) Crotalius, Felix Varela Senior High School (Meghan Espinosa) Equus, American Heritage School–Boca/ Delray (Cameron Hoss) The Stallion Chronicle, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Sydney Freeman) Vox Vipera, Felix Varela High School (Ihosvany Andrade) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Di Wu) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Di Wu) WSTL Stallion News, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Annie Wang) In-Depth Coverage Best of the Best presented at Closing PCTV, Pine Crest School (Austin Fields, Allison Samowitz) Infographic Best of the Best presented at Banquet Entheos, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School (Anthony Valdelamar) Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School (Alana Kniskern) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Catalina Berenblum) Patriot Post, American Heritage School–

Plantation (Elizabeth Flynn) Predator, Wharton High School (Ashley Benjamin) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Ivy Bennett-Ford, Maria Roberts) The Hoofbeat, J. W. Mitchell High School (Olivia Weyer) The Prowl, Coral Glades High School (Amy Weiss) Literary Magazine Poetry Best of the Best presented at Opening Catharsis, Coral Gables Senior High School (Francesco Sautto) Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Kassidy James) HDTV News, Hallandale High School (Mary Silvesto) Oracle, Osceola High School (Jackson Garcia) Vox Vipera, Felix Varela Senior High School (Griffin Baker-Royo) WBTV Stallion Today, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Bao-anh Nguyen) Literary Magazine Prose Best of the Best presented at Opening Equus, American Heritage School–Boca/ Delray (Cindy Metzger) Equus, American Heritage School–Boca/ Delray (Julia Sorensen) Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Jordyn Fitch) Literary Magazine Spread Best of the Best presented at Closing Catharsis, Coral Gables Senior High School (Rinita Rasheed, Katya Sarria) Catharsis, Coral Gables Senior High School (Evan Caldwell) Catharsis, Coral Gables Senior High School (Michelle Dubon) Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Haleigh Richards, Jessica McIntire) FBN, John A. Ferguson High School (Alex Artidiello) Virge, Florida Virtual School (Erica Nathan) Multimedia Event Coverage Best of the Best presented at Closing American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook) News Package Best of the Best presented at Opening CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Jenna Workman, Erika Orstad) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Allison Samowitz, Brett Weiss) News Story Best of the Best presented at Opening Excalibur, Robinson High School (Isabel Hanewicz) Highlights, Coral Gables Senior High School (Maya Iskandarani) KnightWriters, Robinson High School (Isabel Hanewicz) iPatriotPost, American Heritage School– Plantation (Emily Charland) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Vishwa Shah, Mayley McAleese) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Kimmy Rampersad) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Vincent Bencomo) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Alexandra Dorn) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High


ALL-FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL AWARDS School (Zoe Blair-Andrews) The Chronicle, Coral Springs High School (Lucas Ramos) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Jordan Friedman) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Evan Teich) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Lisa Burgoa) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Alexa Steinlauf) The Gauntlet, Saint Stephens Episcopal School (Indre Zalepuga) The Roar, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Katie Garwood, Savannah Wheat) The Roar, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Katie Garwood) The Roar, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Katie Garwood) The Tomahawk Talk, Florida State University Schools (Mariam McKee) trinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Amber Yang) Newspaper/Newsmagazine Front Page Design Best of the Best presented at Banquet The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Harry Allen) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Allison Owen) Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School (Jennifer Gordillo, Alana Kniskern) Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School (Jennifer Gordillo, Alana Kniskern, Leanne Grahn) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Ellie Rodriguez) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Ellie Rodriguez) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Ellie Rodriguez) Newspaper/Newsmagazine Page Design Best of the Best presented at Banquet BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Lexi Rossow, Ben Sorkin) BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Ben Sorkin) Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School (Alana Kniskern, Brandon Carter, Matt Chin) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Staff) Personality Portrait Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet Bagpipe, Lakeland High School (MiKayla Hinds) Cavaleon, Coral Gables Senior High School (Michelle Tapia) CavsConnect, Coral Gables Senior High (Maura Torres) Clarion, King High School (Rachel White) Fusion, Hagerty High School (Jake Burton) Fusion, Hagerty High School (Jake Burton) Hallandaletelevision.com, Hallandale High School (Reynold Urena) Hallandaletelvision.com, Hallandale High School (Reynold Urena) Harbor Media, Lakeland High School (Jerel Blowe) Higlander, Lakeland High School (Rosemary Nieto) Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Hannah Baade) Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Hanah Baade) Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Danny Dole) MACOSH, Martin County High School (Hannah Boorman)

Pegasus, Martin County High School (Meghan Reddick) Pegasus, Martin County High School (Cristina Powell) Predator, Wharton High School (Scott Sollazzo) Snakeskin, Belleview High School (Ashley Burke) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Romello Presley) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Brianna Johnson) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Mariah Watts) The Express Messenger, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Cindy Metzger) The Javelin, John I. Leonard High School (Kasey Lorgren) Tiger Pause, Martin County High School (Autumn Clary) Tiger Times, Dunnellon High School (Rebecca Frechette) Tiger Times, Dunnellon High School (Malynda Em) Tiger Times (Dunnellon High School) Terralynn Ford WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert)

The Tomahawk Talk, Florida State University Schools (Dakota Williams) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Alice Beneke, Marissa Block) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Ellie Claire Gordon)

Print Commentary Best of the Best presented at Opening Arcadia, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Molly Minta) Arcadia, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Molly Minta) Arcadia, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Molly Minta) BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Matilda von Kalm) Highlights, Coral Gables Senior High School (Stephan Chamberlin, Danny Delgado) Highlights, Coral Gables Senior High School (Maggie Rivers) Highlights, Coral Gables Senior High School (Cyrus Zeledon) iPatriotPost, American Heritage School– Plantation (Catalina Berenblum) iPatriotPost, American Heritage School– Plantation (Catalina Berenblum) News in a Click, Florida Virtual School (Samantha Morris) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Melissa Bosem) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Vishwa Shah, Sarvika Bommakanti) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Avery Zaffos) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Chloe Lipkin) The EYE, Palm Harbor University High School (Lena Schwallenberg) The Lynx, West Broward High School (Jordan Chmielarz) The Prowl, Coral Glades high School (Laura Salgado) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Brian Min)

Public Service Announcement Best of the Best presented at Banquet AHS Junior High Live, American Heritage School–Plantation (Victoria Taylor, Claire Braverman) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook, Benjamin Pollack) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Kristi Cook, Nina Brown) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Kristi Cook, Deja Parrish) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Marieee Wierda) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Rodrigo Fernandez, Faul Fagundez, Brando Caveiro) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Henrique Bolivar, Steven Guas) Digital Tomahawk Production, Vero Beach High School (Matt Alfaro) FBN, John A. Ferguson Senior High School (Alejandra Salazar) Hallandaletelevision.com, Hallandale High School (Paris Pittman) Harbor Media, Lakeland High School (Krista Rhodes, Conner Dunn, Theresa Pharo, Hunter Costine) HDTV News, Hallandale High School (Anastacia Alce, Brian Martinezz, Agustin Sebastian, Jasmine Tapia) HDTV News, Hallandale High School (Nemeche Blake, Noemi Lopez, Margret Smith, Mary Silvestro) MTV, Milton High School (Sashiana Straughn) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Lauren O’Hara, Allison Samowitz) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Lauren O’Hara, Max Rubinoff) RTV News, Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School (Stephanie Gonzalez Delval, Samantha Cisneros) The Sun Weekly Review, University School at Nova Southeastern University (Eddie Hurowitz) The Truth, J. P. Taravella High School (Anamilena Palacio, Nick Carballo, Michaela Rosen) WAHS News News, American Heritage School–Plantation (Eduardo Serpa, Marcus Price, Van Courtney) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Kassidy James) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Steven Smith, Conner Gudriy, Kassidy James, Deja Parrish)

Profile Story Best of the Best presented at Opening Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Kayla Garcia) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Mariah Watts) The Lariat, Cooper City High School (Kyra Bacon) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Alexis Diblanda) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Nicholas Rodriguez) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Brandon White)

WBTV, West Broward High School (David Ramirez, Jessica Hoyos, Jenna Lex) WBTV, West Broward High Schol (Stonne DuPree) WBTV Stallion Today, American Heritage School–Plantation (Tara Damante, Adrianna Siena) WBTV Stallion Today, American Heritage School–Plantation (Jared Gornstein, Marcos Gonzalez) WBTV Stallion Today, American Heritage School–Plantation (JJosephine Mazza) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (Ty Miller, Gary Gamache)

WPHS, Pace High School (Megan McIver, Adrienne Trematerra, Kim Clemons, Hannah Westrick) WSRH News, Seminole Ridge High School (Cara Engh, Kaci Sleeth, Julissa Valiente) WROR-TV, Oviedo High School (Austin Koenig, Kaitlyn Montcrieff, Elizabeth Tammi) WROR-TV, Oviedo High School (Staff) WSRK Shark News, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School (Nicole Avakiants, Mariana Lombello, Elizabeth Quintero, Peter Barraclough) WSRK Shark News, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School (Anthony Whylly, Alec Talalaevsky, Peter Barraclough) WVHS News, Felix Varela Senior High School (Andrew Cuartas, Victor Lopez, Marco Torres, Leilanis Bravo) Quick-Turn Double Page Spread Best of the Best presented at Banquet The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Alexa Steinlauf, Ilana Sperling, Sophia Marchetti) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Jessica Schein, Evan Teich, Lisa Burgoa, Sabrina Gaggia) WCTZ News, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Jessica Whaley, Valerie Ferretti, Kha Duong , Emily Dubec-Hunter) Quick-Turn Illustration Best of the Best presented at Closing Crotalus, Felix Varela Senior High School (Meghan Espinosa) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (John Veliz) The Cobra, Coleman Middle School (Tallulah “Blu” Heenan) Vox Vipera, Felix Varela Senior High School (Raymond Figueroa) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Di Wu) Quick-Turn Literary Magazine Spread Best of the Best presented at Banquet Catharsis, Coral Gables Senior High School (Katya Sarria, Paulina Picciano) Quick-Turn Multimedia Coverage Best of the Best presented at Closing American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook, Nicole Coughlin) BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Ben Sorkin, Sophie Hill) Conch 5 Studios, Key West High School (Brooke Wood) Quick-Turn Photo Gallery Best of the Best presented at Opening American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Kristi Cook, Grace King) Bull’s Eye, Bloomingdale High School (Aubrey Stamper) CavsConnect, Coral Gables Senior High School (Maura Torres) Fusion, Hagerty High School (Jake Arthur) Hallandaletelevision.com, Hallandale High School (Keyera Lyn) The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School (Juana Capelluto, Marilynn Lindsey) The Stampede, American Heritage School– Boca/Delray (Cameron Gillman) The Storm, Cypress Bay High School (Alex Harris, Sofia Jiminez) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Steven Smith, Aaron Sortal) Quick-Turn Product Commercial Best of the Best presented at Opening WBTV, West Broward High School (Cory

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ALL-FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Goicoechea, Isabella Gonzalez, Bianca Howell, Maryssa Alfonso) WPHS, Pace High School (Max Brown, Noah Peake, Shayna Kelley, Adrienne Trematerra)

Best of the Best presented at Opening oakridgemedia.org, Oak Ridge High School (Deion Scott) The Shield, Bishop Kenny High School (Marie Fazio)

Quick-Turn Two-Minute Movie Best of the Best presented at Opening American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King, Kristi Cook, Nina Brown) CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Daniela Arguello, Estefania Aguirre, Gustavo Rivero, Maria Gonzalez) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Aaron Sriro, Kasey Gonzolez, Cynthia Gonzalez)

Sports Highlight Package Best of the Best presented at Banquet Colt TV, Coral Springs High School (Kevin Byrne, Eric Prefontaine, Sky Bobrow) Gables Live! Coral Gables Senior High School (Javier Cobas) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (Dillon DiPietro)

Quick-Turn Yearbook Cover and Endsheet Best of the Best presented at Banquet Entheos, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School (Manuel Munoz) Review Best of the Best presented at Opening Arcadia, West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Andrew Lim) iPatriotPost, American Heritage School– Plantation (Zachary Slotkin) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Nia Cumberlander) The Lariat, Cooper City High School (Blue Kaufman) The Lariat, Cooper City High School (Jeremy Haas) The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School (Chris Moskal) The Tomahawk Talk, Florida State University Schools (Celita Summa) thetrinityvoice.com, Trinity Preparatory School (Marissa Block) Unbound, Florida Virtual School (Erica Nathan) Social Media Event Coverage Best of the Best presented at Closing Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Adam Turner) Hallandaletelevision.com, Hallandale High School (Timothy Hill) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Ryan Garcia, Josh Goldberg) Special Effects Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet Pegasus, Martin County High School (Samantha Meyer) The Hoofbeat, J. W. Mitchell High School (Sarah Langston) The Javelin, John I. Leonard High School (Giselle Vergara) Tiger Pause, Martin County High School (Courtney Foster) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Steven Smith) Sports Action Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet Liberator, Pace High School (Taylor Brewer) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Melissa Bosem) Predator, Wharton High School (Scott Sollazzo) Snakeskin, Belleview High School (Brent Williamson) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Rachelle Gaddy) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Philion Ansley) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) Sports Feature

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Sports Package Best of the Best presented at Opening MTV, Milton High School (Rayne Wiedemann, Adriana Ivey) WBTV, West Broward High School (Pedro Castillo, Alexzandria Rogers, Nataila Carreno) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (Savannah Martin, Ty Miller, Kevin Kruse) WKTN Knight Vision, East Ridge High School (Jason Felice, Juan Rendon, Ty Miller) WVHS News, Felix Varela Senior High School (Danielle Malkin, Adrian Perozo, Alec Dilella) Sports Reaction Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet Harbor Media, Lakeland High School (Lindsey Redding) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Melissa Bosem) Patriot Post, American Heritage School– Plantation (Melissa Bosem) Spartan News Network, Lakewood High School (Brandon Sweat) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Eduardo Serpa) Spot News Photo Best of the Best presented at Banquet KnightWriters, Robinson High School (Mitchel Chowning) Liberator, Pace High School (Destiny Dinkins) Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Katie Frost) The Express Messenger, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray (Cindy Metzger) The Storm, Cypress Bay High School (Alex Harris) The Storm, Cypress Bay High School (Kristina Olivera) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) Studio Show Segment Best of the Best presented at Banquet American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Kristi Cook, Grace King, Kassidy James) FBN, John A. Ferguson Senior High School (Alejandra Salazar) Talent Demo Reel Best of the Best presented at Banquet CBTV, Cypress Bay High School (Marlee Wierda) PCTV, Pine Crest School (Brett Weiss) WAHS News, American Heritage School– Plantation (Aaron Sortal) Tom Pierce Photo Portfolio

Best of the Best presented at Banquet WBUC–BucTV, South Dade High School (Andrew Gilbert) Video Graphics Reel Best of the Best presented at Banquet CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Steven Guas, Rodrigo Fernandez, Henrique Bolivar, Andrew Briz) WBTV, West Broward High School (Daniel Toruno) Videography Demo Reel Best of the Best presented at Banquet American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Grace King) American Image, American Heritage School–Plantation (Kristi Cook) CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Raul Fagundez, Ruben Rodriguez, Andrew Briz) WBTV, West Broward High School (Francisco Cabrera) Website Home Page Best of the Best presented at Closing oakridgemedia.org, Oak Ridge High School (Mariel Vega) The Circuit Online, Cypress Bay High School (Ilana Sperling, Brittany Zeidel) Yearbook Academics Copy Best of the Best presented at Opening Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Francesca Althaus) Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Jessica Thornton) Pathfinder, Oak Ridge High School (J. J. Merilan) The Stampede, J. W. High School (Alexa Rosenberg) Yearbook Opening/Divider Best of the Best presented at Closing Aftermath, Palm Harbor University High School (Brianna Winoski, Libby Jourdan, Savannah Ryburn) Golden Aerie, Astronaut High School (Jenna Overstreet) Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Staff) Imprint, Coral Glades High School (Emily Robinson) Liberator, Pace High School (Magi Linscott, Tatyanna Hendricks) Minotaur, Bloomingdale High School (Megan Heath, Allie Fritz, Keyla Noguera) Spotlight, American Heritage School–Plantation (Alexis Silverman) The Cobra, Coleman Middle School (Maren Sharf, Chloe Sysk, Morgan Tankersley, Jordan Buzzet) The Stampede, American Heritage School– Boca/Delray (Stephanie Sciandra) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Natalie Capshaw, Baylor Cherry) The Talon, North Broward Preparatory School (Caroline Kaplan) Tiger, Dunnellon High School (Laura Riley) Warrior, East Bay High School (Melody Dickson, Jenna Cofer, Torie McCorkle, Jennifer Sell) Yearbook Sports Copy Best of the Best presented at Opening The Stampede, J.W. Mitchell High School (Dante Moss) Cavaleon, Coral Gables Senior High School (Caroline Bauwens) Yearbook Sports Spread Best of the Best presented at Closing Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Madeline Quam)

Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Staff) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Gina Davis, Wioletta Wiszc) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High Schol (Peyton Schaefer, Madeline Hammer) Yearbook Student Life Copy Best of the Best presented at Opening Hilsborean, Hillsborough High School (Madeline Quam) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Demetrios Nanos) Yearbook Student Life Spread Best of the Best presented at Banquet Aftermath, Palm Harbor University High School (Brianna Winoski, Libby Jourdan, Savannah Ryburn) Aftermath, Palm Harbor University High School (Brianna Winoski, Christina Kranias, Kylie Phifer) Cavaleon, Coral Gables Senior High School (Bianca Nino, William Midence, Rachel Puentes) Crotalus, Felix Verela Senior High School (Veronica Torres, Krysten Prieto, Rachel Senger, Devoun Cetoute) Crotalus, Felix Verela Senior High School (Jonan Morales, Marcel Martinez, Joseph Delgado, Lillian Castillo) Entheos, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School (Wendy Vincench, Desiree Perez, Jose Delgado) Excalibur, Robinson High School (Lauren Peterson, Alexandra Peterson, Alejandro Gomez, Matthew Hall) Excalibur, Robinson High School (Morgan Deak, Alejandro Gomez, Alexandra Peterson, Lauren Peterson) Expressions, American Heritage School– Plantation (Madison Barton) Hillsborean, Hillsborough High School (Staff) Hillsborean, Hillsborough High School (Staff) Hillsborean, Hillsborough High School (Teresa Chorvat) Minotaur, Bloomingdale High School (Katie McLean, Allie Fritz, Caitlin Masessa, Chrissy Ciroli) The Cobra, Coleman Middle School (Morgan Tankersley, Chloe Sysk, Jordan Buzzett, Maren Sharf) The Edge, West Broward High School (Ashley Gonzalez, Amber Hunter, Leandrea Silverio) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Meredith McNulty, Demetrios Nanos, Baylor Cherry) The Stampede, J. W. Mitchell High School (Nikolina Kosanovic, Demetrios Nanos, Baylor Cherry) The Talon, North Broward Prepatory School (Julia Piedmonte, Melinda Page) Tiger, Dunnellon High School (Cote Deonath)


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CONVENTION AT A GLANCE THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Palms Ballroom

Jasmine

Oleander A/B

Hibiscus

2 p.m. Hotel Checkin

4 p.m.

8: 30 p.m.

Student Film Festival

Broadcast/ Print Judging

Azalea A

Azalea B

Orange

Lemon

Lime

Meet with a Pro

Poetry contest

Newspaper Team Contest

Yearbook Team Contest

Broadcast Orientation

Meet with a Pro

Hand-drawn illustration contest

Newspaper Team Contest

Yearboook Team Contest

Broadcast Orientation (repeats)

Broadcast/ Print Judging

Individual Anchor contest

Meet with a Pro

Short Story Contest

Newspaper Team Contest

Yearbook Team Contest

Mixed Company contest

Palms H

Orange

Lemon

15 Commandments of Great Video (Sharon)

Best of the Best: PSA and Show Openings (Molina)

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Palms B

Palms C

Palms D

Palms E

Palms F

Palms G

9 a.m.

Breaking Through (Serrano)

Where’s the Story (Brennan)

Collaborating in a Digital World (Morris, Nathan)

A Not So Trivial Pursuit (Ganim)

Humor Them (Lawrence)

So You Want to Be Organized (MeskielMacy)

10 a.m.

Spanish News Media (Serrano)

Producing a Successful Documentary (Adanto)

iPhone Field Kit for Yearbook (Diaz, Livesay)

Surviving in a Mobile World (Ganim)

Humor Them (Lawrence)

Five Tips on Interviewing (MeskielMacy)

Social Media Reporting (Johnson)

Documentary Storytelling: Letting Your Video Tell the Story (Sharon)

Best of the Best: Profiles– Print and Broadcast (Humphrey)

Ethically Speaking (Humphrey)

Marketing Your Yearbook in the Digital Age (Burker, Levine)

What’s Your Aura? (Falkowski)

Game Time (LoJacono)

Getting Your Butt in Gear (Johnson)

How to Run a Student Media Organization Without Killing Trees (Sharon)

Best of the Best: News Packages (Delgado)

2 p.m.

Finding Your Passion (Johnson)

Seriously? (Ganim)

3 p.m.

Visual Storytelling (Johnson)

A Not So Trivial Pursuit (Ganim)

11 a.m.

Other Important Events: • • • •

Convention and contest check-in, as well as vendor trade show begins at noon in the Palms Foyer Lobby Opening Session, Palms Ballroom, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Student Film Festival, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Palms Ballroom (repeats Friday at 10 a.m. in Citron) Adviser Breakfast, Magnolia/Jasmine, 8–9 a.m.

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CONVENTION AT A GLANCE Tangerine

Mandarin

Digital Infographic contest

Opinion Column contest

Press Conference story contest

Roundtables

Review writing contest

Photo turn-in (10 p.m.)

Publication Swap Shop

Adviser Reception 8:30–9:30 p.m.

PTI Contest

Literary Magazine turn-in 10:30 p.m.

Lime

Tangerine

Clementine

Mandarine

Citron

Best of the Best: Design (Falkowski)

Features, not fiction: Writing stories to keep your reader hooked (Morris)

Yearbook Zen and Yoga (Cutsinger)

Best of the Best: Literary Magazine (Wilkinson)

Motivating a Healthy Staff (Szaro)

Clementine

Citron

Fleming

Roundtables

When Packaging Goes Beyond Picas: Multimedia Content and Your Digital Publication (Lauer)

Sports Photography (Simmons)

The iJournalist: Using iPods and iPads (Lauer)

Yearbook Has Character (Cutsinger)

Find Your Writing Voice (Hooper)

Student Film Festival

Photography Crash Course (Tricano)

You’re Online. Now What? (Lauer)

Breaking Through (Serrano)

JEA Curriculum Project (Brennan)

Documentary Screening: TEACH

Going Digital: One School’s Story of Ditching Print (Bennett)

Just Hashtag It: Social Media and Your Publication (Lauer)

• •

Sunset

Biscayne

Documentary Screening: TEACH

Standing Out: Leaving Your Mark Before You Arrive (Graham)

Siesta

Spanish Style (Randy Serrano)

Literary Magazine Design (Betances)

Student Film Festival

Documentary Screening: TEACH

Roundtables

Roundtables

Roundtables

Largo/Longboat

Cedar/Marathon

Broadcast workspace

Luggage storage

Broadcast workspace

Luggage storage

Broadcast workspace

Hibiscus

Fleming

Siesta

Largo

Meet with a Pro

Photoshop 101 (Toner)

Smarter Journalism With Your Smart Phone (Brunson)

I Heart Journalism (Williams)

Meet with a Pro

Photos: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Stewart/Crawford)

14 in ‘14 Online Edition (Aimone)

Purposeful Play: The Leadership Process (Shumate, Killough)

Meet with a Pro

@BSHSsocial: Lessons from Teaching Social Media 1 (Hanks)

Online First (Aimone)

Visual Storytelling: Advanced Broadcast Techniques (Bell)

Meet with a Pro

Best of the Best: Yearbook Design and Writing (Taylor)

Best of the Best: Multimedia (Bennett)

How Print Design Translates to Online Design (Wang)

Best of the Best: Photography (Mancini)

Best of the Best: Opinion Writing (Schledorn)

Interviewing: How to Get What You Need...and More (Wallace)

Adviser Luncheon/Business meeting, Jasmine/Magnolia, Noon; Middle School Luncheon, Cedar/Sunset, Noon Banquet, Palms Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. Dance, Palms Ballroom, 9–11:15 p.m.

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SESSIONS 9 a.m. FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION Breaking Through

As one of the youngest guys in the press room at each White House or Capitol Press Conference, Randy Serrano knows better than anyone that “making it big” in journalism requires tenacity and a willingness to set yourself apart. Come learn how he rose to the top and marketed himself to capitalize on available opportunities. Randy Serrano, NBC Universal Telemundo 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms B

WRITING Where’s the Story?

If you’ve ever been stuck trying to find a fresh angle for the same-old topics, this session is for you. Using an approach developed at the University of Missouri, Ms. Brennan will show you a new method to guarantee a new way to see any story. You’ll never have to write the same old prom story again. Vicki Brennan, Journalism Education Association 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms C

DIGITAL MEDIA Collaborating in a Virtual World

The top editors of Florida Virtual School’s student newspaper and yearbook will show you how they use tools like Blackboard and Google Docs to collaborate online and produce their school publications. Students can learn techniques to improve collaboration in their newsroom. Samantha Morris and Erica Nathan, Florida Virtual School 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms D

FEATURED SPEAKER, GENERAL AUDIENCE

A Not So Trivial Pursuit

So you want to pursue journalism in college, but you’re not entirely sure what that means or where to start. Sara Ganim will discuss picking a school with a good student media program and what to do to help yourself if you don’t pick a school that has the same opportunities. 28 | FSPA 2014 State Convention

Sara Ganim, CNN 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms E

WRITING Humor Them (Double Session)

An intensive on how to discover and use your sense of humor to captivate your target audience. After a lecture on comedy and comedic sensibility, students will do a couple of writing exercises that will spark their comedic center. Ranney Lawrence, Patel Conservatory 9 – 10:50 a.m., Palms F

MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP So You Want to Organized

We each have our own way of playing with time. Come learn what’s really at work here and clean up the mess that is your calendar. This interactive session promises to be fun and informative as it exposes just where you ‘go wrong.’ Marcia Meskiel-Macy, Balfour 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms G

FEATURED SPEAKER, BROADCAST/MULTIMEDIA 15 Commandments of Great Video

Come check out some of the award-winning designs created by students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest Melissa Falkowski, Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School 9 – 9:50 a.m., Clementine

WRITING Features, Not Fiction: Writing Stories to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Together we’ll explore how writers can keep their readers hooked from start to finish of a powerful feature story. Meredith Jean Morris, University of Central Florida 9 – 9:50 a.m., Mandarin

COMPUTER SOFTWARE Photoshop 101

This course will review the basic tools for sizing, toning and retouching for users. It will also cover best practices for creating an image for print. Scott Toner, Sun Coast Press 9 – 9:50 a.m., Fleming

DIGITAL MEDIA Smarter Journalism with Your Smart Phone

Great video is not magic. Just follow a few simple steps and remember these rules, and you will produce incredible video that will get you noticed. Or, at least, it will set your work apart from your embarrassing uncle’s home video. Jeff Sharon, Full Sail University 9 – 9:50 a.m., Orange

With today’s smart phones, students literally carry around an entire newsroom in their hands. This session will show you how to produce good journalism for your school’s news website by using your iPhone, Android or other mobile devices. Rick Brunson, University of Central Florida 9 – 9:50 a.m., Siesta

BROADCAST/MULTIMEDIA Best of the Best: PSA and Show Openings

MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP I Heart Journalism

Come check out some of the award-winning PSA and show openings done by broadcast students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest. Maria Molina, American Heritage School–Plantation 9 – 9:50 a.m., Lemon

MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP Motivating a Healthy Staff

This session will discuss motivational methods for advisers and editors to use with students who are part of journalism staffs. Pam Szaro, Herff Jones 9 – 9:50 a.m., Lime

DESIGN Best of the Best: Design

Come learn ways to manage your staff and how to help your staffers develop leadership skills that will help you to create a publication that you are proud of. Learn some of our staff traditions to help motivate your staff. Free Candy! Callie Williams, Astronaut High School 9 – 9:50 a.m., Largo

10 a.m. FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION Spanish News Media

Randy Serrano invites Spanish-speaking journalism students to come discuss embracing your bilingual background and combining that with the journalistic skills


you currently possess. Randy Serrano, NBC Universal Telemundo 9 – 9:50 a.m., Palms B

BROADCAST/VIDEOGRAPHY Producing a Successful Documentary: A Workshop

If the challenge and reward of documentary filmmaking excites you, but you don’t know where to start, this workshop will give you a guide to the whole process! Creating a documentary that has lasting impact, and one that will get seen must be primary goals when making a non-fiction film. This workshop will cover the basics of this demanding and underpaid art form, from the personal to the practical. We’ll go through all the stages of documentary planning, from pre-production to filming to promotion. Robert Adanto, University School of Nova Southeastern University 10 – 10:50 a.m., Palms C

YEARBOOK iPhone Field Kit for Yearbook

Want to cover the big event and forgot your camera? Ok, stop texting your adviser for forgiveness and put your phone to use! From iPhoneography to Snapchat (and everything in between), we will show you all the tools you need to create content and promote a 21st Century yearbook right on your mobile device. Don’t forget to bring your favorite apps to share with the group. Matt Diaz and Adam Livesay, Walsworth Publishing Company 10 – 10:50 a.m., Palms D

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA Surviving in a Mobile World

Reporters can do everything they need with just an iPhone, if they have the right skills. And they don’t need to spend a ton of money to do it. Come pick up a few techniques that Sara Ganim has seen and used in the field to practice mobile journalism for print, radio, online and television. Sara Ganim, CNN 10 – 10:50 a.m., Palms E

NEWS GATHERING Five Tips on Interviewing

Whether it’s interviewing for a story or for an internship, learn the five things that will get you that perfect angle on a feature, set you dramatically apart from others and designing skills that become second nature

to you. Whether you’re an adviser, an editor a staffer or a wannabe, this fun, interactive session promises to make a real difference in how you function from here on out! Marcia Meskiel-Macy, Balfour 10 – 10:50 a.m., Palms G

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA Social Media Reporting

Learn the latest tips, tricks and practices to make the most out of your most powerful tool as a journalist — millions of citizens giving you news tips. We will also go over how to promote and use Twitter to find a job. Steve Johnson, University of Florida 10 – 10:50 a.m., Palms H

FEATURED SPEAKER, BROADCAST/VIDEOGRAPHY Documentary Storytelling: Letting Your Video Tell the Story

Now that you know how to run a camera, how can you produce video stories that will really knock people’s socks off? The secret: Keeping it simple and letting the video tell the story. Jeff Sharon shows you some helpful tips for producing top-notch video stories through documentary-style storytelling techniques. Jeff Sharon, Full Sail University 10 – 10:50 a.m., Orange

WRITING/BROADCAST Best of the Best: Profiles (Print and Broadcast)

Come check out some of the award-winning profiles done by print and broadcast students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest. Joe Humphrey, Hillsborough High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Lemon

CONTINUING EDUCATION Leaving Your Mark Before You Arrive

This session will review tips and tricks to leaving a great impression on scholarship and admissions applications. The session will also include details on the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, its scholarship process and how they prepare students to stand out in the journalism and communications industry. Katrice Graham, University of Florida 10 – 10:50 a.m., Lime

SESSIONS FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA When Packaging Goes Beyond Picas: Multimedia Content and Your Publication

Packaging related content online is just as important as it in print. Learn how to use audio, video, interactive graphics, photos, and polls to enhance your stories and create multimedia packages. Evelyn Lauer, Niles West (Skokie, Ill.) High School 10 – 10:50 a.m., Tangerine

DESIGN Yearbook Zen and Yoga

Bring calm to your yearbook with some of the most peaceful and reader-friendly verbal and visual strategies in the publication universe. The interaction of coverage, content and design will bring you the most resonating yearbook ever. If you like design, then join me for a session of good yearbook karma. John Cutsinger, Jostens 10 – 10:50 a.m., Clementine

DESIGN Best of the Best: Literary Magazine

Come check out some of the award-winning literary magazine design done by students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest. M. T. Thompson-Wilkinson, American Heritage School–Boca/Delray 10 – 10:50 a.m., Mandarin

PHOTOJOURNALISM Photos: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Professional photographers spend much time critiquing their own work in order to learn and improve. Butch and Dean will go over your images discussing how they could be improved whether you’re using a point and shoot or high end DSLR. Submit some of your images to Dean and Butch for professional critique by emailing three or four images to angel@dsp-photo.com or feel free to bring a few on a jump drive. Butch Crawford and Dean Stewart, Dean Stewart Photography 10 – 10:50 a.m., Fleming

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SESSIONS

DIGITAL MEDIA What’s Your Aura?

Fourteen things today’s online news staff should be thinking about and do for 2014-and beyond. Logan Aimone, School Newspapers Online 10 – 10:50 a.m., Siesta

Learn how to add fun and interactive video content to your yearbook. See how one yearbook staff added multimedia content to almost every spread. Forget QR codes. It’s the age of Aura. Melissa Falkowski, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Palms E

MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP Purposeful Play: The Leadership Process

FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION Get Your Butt in Gear

14 in ‘14

Come learn some fun ways to build a cohesive staff with team-building and group dynamics ideas. We will share some processes to help empower youth leadership through fun and play. Being a student journalist is a hard task, so, why not have fun while you preserve those memories? Kris Killough and Stephanie Shumate, Herff Jones 10 – 10:50 a.m., Largo

11 a.m. LAW/ETHICS Ethically Speaking

This session will address how the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics applies to photographs and cutlines too. What photos may you use legally for your publication and how do you credit those sources? How do you handle truthful storytelling through your photography and cutline writing? Join us for a quick lesson and discussion on photo ethics, which will also cover violating copyrighted material. Joe Humphrey, Hillsborough High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Palms C

BUSINESS/ADVERTISING Marketing Your Yearbook in the Social Media Age

Learn new tips and tricks to sell more yearbooks and ads than ever before. Are you still using the same old forms to send home to parents? We can give you more materials than ever that will really connect with your students and you don’t have to rely on them bringing a piece of paper home. Learn from schools that are using Aurasma, customized marketing, QR codes and yearbook shout to increase awareness of your book and help with sales in all categories. Sarah Burker and Veronika Levine, Walsworth Publishing Company 11 – 11:50 a.m., Palms D 30 | FSPA 2014 State Convention

Love journalism? Do you actually want to get paid to tell stories? We’ll go over how to launch your career, a brand and take the next big step in your journalism career. We’ll also go over tips for finding the right journalism college, mentors and start your own business. Steve Johnson, University of Florida 11 – 11:50 a.m., Palms H

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA How to Run a Student Media Organization Without Killing Trees

Say it out loud: Printed newspapers are going away. So why are you still printing on them? Your student media organization needs to be online first. Jeff Sharon has some tips for how to transition to and run an online-only student media platform, as well as plenty of free resources for you to take advantage of. Save the trees! Go alldigital! Jeff Sharon, Full Sail University 11 – 11:50 a.m., Orange

BROADCAST/VIDEOGRAPHY

Best of the Best: News Show Packages

Come check out some of the award-winning news show packages done by broadcast students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest Omar Delgado, Christopher Columbus High School 10 – 10:50 a.m., Lemon

PHOTOJOURNALISM Sports Photograhy

Come learn best practices for shooting sports. Where to stand to capture those great shots you want for publication. We will also go over some basic composition guidelines to help with your photography. Bill Simmons, Leonard’s Photography 11 – 11:50 a.m., Lime

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA The iJournalist: Using iPads and iPods

Are iPhones the future of journalism? Come to this session to find out how iPods and iPads can be used in the journalism classroom. Evelyn Lauer, Niles West (Skokie, Ill.) High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Tangerine

DESIGN Yearbook Has Character

Theme development gives every staff the option to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the publication while also inspiring a unique way to tell the stories of the year. From the outside to the inside and from start to finish, yearbook theme concept has never been more vital. John Cutsinger, Jostens 11 – 11:50 a.m., Clementine

WRITING Finding Your Writing Voice

Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper offers tips for aspiring writers and columnists about how to tap into your writing DNA and get the most out of your unique writing abilities. Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times 11 – 11:50 a.m., Mandarin

ADVISING/TEACHING @BSHSsocial: Lessons from Teaching Social Media I

Interested in starting Social Media 1 as a new course at your school? Find out the standards of this new Florida course, as well as curriculum resources and experiences from a teacher who’s been teaching the course to high school students this year. Heather Hanks, Bloomingdale High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Fleming

ADVISING/TEACHING Online First

Is your news website still living in the shadow of your print edition? Learn how a dynamic news website and an “online first” philosophy can transform and reinvigorate your coverage of your school community. Logan Aimone, School Newspapers Online 11 – 11:50 a.m., Siesta

BROADCAST/VIDEOGRAPHY Visual Storytelling: Advanced Broadcast Techniques

Want to take your broadcast skills to the next level? What makes the best broadcast


stories for award-winning shows like 60 Minutes and SportsCenter? Find out in this session on visual storytelling that will provide the techniques to tell the complete story. Improve your skills in writing, shooting, and editing to help you stand out from the competition. Travis Bell, University of South Florida 11 – 11:50 a.m., Largo

NEWSGATHERING Game Time

Learn the ins and outs of covering any sports, including the convergence of social media and photography into the traditional writing process. Bring your A game. Kyle LoJacono, Wharton High School 11 – 11:50 a.m., Longboat

2 p.m. FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION Finding Your Passion

As a journalist, you get to go to some of the most extraordinary places in the world and meet the most amazing people in society. How do you get from your high school paper to the best job in the world? You already have the best job in the world! Being a journalist requires an immense amount of passion and dedication. In this session, we’ll have an open discussion about tomorrow’s journalism industry, finding what you want to do and making sure you love every day of your career. Steve Johnson, University of Florida 2 – 2:50 p.m., Orange

FEATURED SPEAKER, NEWSGATHERING Seriously?

Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten the cold shoulder from a potential source because you’re “just a student journalist”? Come learn how to combine your investigative reporting skills with techniques proven to get people to take you seriously while the word “student” still sits in front of the word “journalist” in your job title. Sara Ganim, CNN 2 – 2:50 p.m., Lemon

FEATURED SPEAKER, NEWSGATHERING Photography Crash Course

By the end of this session, you will understand how shutter speed, aperture,

ISO and focal length affect your images. More importantly, you will feel confident enough to manipulate these settings on the camera and go achieve the desired results. Sarah Tricano, Trinity Preparatory School 2 – 2:50 p.m., Lime

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA You’re Online. Now What?

So you have a website...now what? This session will discuss how to take your online publication to the next level by creating content, breaking news, interacting with your readers, and using multimedia Evelyn Lauer, Niles West (Skokie, Ill.) High School 2 – 2:50 p.m., Tangerine

FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION Breaking Through

Repeats from 9 a.m. Session description on Page 28 Randy Serrano, NBC Universal Telemundo 2 – 2:50 p.m., Clementine

ADVISING/TEACHING JEA Curriculum Project

The Journalism Education Association launches its national journalism curriculum project this spring. Featuring full lesson plans, handouts and assessments across 14 content areas, this curriculum was written by journalism teachers for journalism teachers. Ms. Brennan will present the curriculum, explain how to use it and answer questions. Vicki Brennan, Journalism Education Association 2 – 2:50 p.m., Mandarin

DESIGN/WRITING Best of the Best: Yearbook Design and Writing

Come check out some of the award-winning yearbook writing and design done by yearbook students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest Brit Taylor, Hagerty High School 2 – 2:50 p.m., Fleming

DIGITAL MEDIA Best of the Best: Multimedia

Come check out some of the award-winning multimedia journalism done students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest Colleen Bennett, Oak Ridge High School 2 – 2:50 p.m., Siesta

SESSIONS DESIGN How Print Design Translates to Online Design

We’ll discuss the differences and similarity between designs for print and online platforms, and what print designers need to keep in mind when trying to target audiences used to the digital world. Paul Wang, University of South Florida St. Petersburg 2 – 2:50 p.m., Largo

3 p.m. FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA Visual Storytelling

Want to know what to use to tell stories tomorrow? Drones? Google Glass? Smartphone journalism? In this session, we will talk about the latest technology to bring your audience into the story. We’ll go over how to use drones to gather news, Google Glass to tell stories and the best way to take advantage of the strongest tool you have, right in your pocket — a smartphone. Steve Johnson, University of Florida 3 – 3:50 p.m., Orange

NEWSGATHERING Interviewing: How to Get What You Need...and More Come learn tips and strategies for conducting interviews that make good stories great. Wendy Wallace, Poynter Institute 3 – 3:50 p.m., Largo

FEATURED SPEAKER, CONTINUING EDUCATION A Not So Trivial Pursuit

Repeats from 9 a.m. Session description on Page 28 Sara Ganim, CNN 3 – 3:50 p.m., Lemon

DIGITAL MEDIA Going Digital: One School’s Story of Ditching Print

Less than a year ago, oakridgemedia.org made its Internet debut. Come see how one staff made the switch and how we managed to go from newbie to All-Florida in less than a year. Colleen Bennett, Oak Ridge High School FSPA 2014 State Convention | 31


SESSIONS 3 – 3:50 p.m., Lime

FEATURED SPEAKER, DIGITAL MEDIA Just Hashtag It: Social Media and Your Publication

DESIGN Literary Magazine Design

Learn how to use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to enhance content, gain readership, run contests, and promote your publication’s brand. Specific examples will be provided. Evelyn Lauer, Niles West (Skokie, Ill.) High School 3 – 3:50 p.m., Tangerine

Want to learn how to effectively design the pages of your literary magazine to engage readers and create an award-winning publication? Come to this session on design for lit mag and learn best practices that you can use to help your staff design better spreads for your magazine. Design principles are also valuable for yearbook spreads. Camile Betances, Boca Raton Community High School 3 – 3:50 p.m., Mandarin

FEATURED SPEAKER, WRITING Spanish Style

PHOTOJOURNALISM Best of the Best: Photography

Spanish-speaking journalists are invited to join Randy Serrano as he discusses how to stylize a piece for a Spanish-speaking audience. Randy Serrano, NBC Universal Telemundo 2 – 2:50 p.m., Clementine

Best of the Best: Opinion Writing

Come check out some of the award-winning opinion writing done students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest Mark Schledorn, West Shore Junior/Senior High School 3 – 3:50 p.m., Siesta

Come check out some of the award-winning photojournalism done by students this year as we showcase entries from the 2014 Spring Digital Contest. Julie Mancini, Dunnellon High School 3 – 3:50 p.m., Fleming

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SPEAKERS Robert Adanto is an award-winning documentary filmmaker exploring the global art scene, and the creative force behind The Rising Tide (2008), which examined the explosive Chinese contemporary art scene; Pearls on the Ocean Floor (2010), which explored the lives and works of Iranian female artists; and City of Memory, a film looking at artists livign in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. 10 a.m., Palms C Logan Aimone, MJE, works with the team at School Newspapers Online. Previously, he was executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association. He advised student media in Washington state, where his students earned top national honors for newspaper, website and yearbook. He is a past DJNF Distinguished Adviser, Washington state adviser of the year and co-author of two journalism textbooks. 10 a.m., Siesta; 11 a.m., Siesta Travis Bell Travis Bell is an instructor in the University of South Florida School of Mass Communications. He teaches courses in the Multimedia Journalism undergraduate program with an emphasis on broadcast journalism, electronic field production and sports media. Bell earned a M.S. in sport management from Florida State University and a B.A. in radio/TV broadcasting and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Central Florida. He worked nearly two decades in professional journalism, including 12 years in television news. Bell remains connected in the multimedia industry as a freelance reporter and photographer for various regional networks. Bell’s research interests are in high school athletics, sports media broadcast contracts and documentaries. 11 a.m., Largo Colleen Bennett is FSPA’s President. Bio, Page 5. 2 p.m., Siesta; 3 p.m. Lime Camile Betances advised the nationally award-winning literary magazine, Catharsis, for five years at Coral Gables Senior High School. She was also the adviser there for the online news site, CavsConnect. She now teaches at Boca Raton Community High School and works with FSPA in teaching, judging and evaluating publications. 3 p.m., Mandarin Vicki Brennan is the news writing curriculum leader for the Journalism Education Association’s new curriculum project. A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience in Florida newspapers and magazines as an editor and reporter, she had a second career as a journalism teacher in Miami-Dade County. 9 a.m., Palms C; 2 p.m., Mandarin Rick Brunson teaches journalism at the school 34 | FSPA 2014 State Convention

he graduated from: the University of Central Florida. He teaches news reporting and editing, magazine production, online journalism and ethics and principles of journalism at UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication. HE is also a part-time production editor at the Orlando Sentinel working in sports and news. In 2012, he served as newsroom writing coach at WFTV Channel 9, Orlando’s ABC affiliate. His children are proud graduates of Boone High School. Go Braves! 9 a.m., Siesta Sarah Burker exudes passion for everything yearbook. As a key role on her own schools’ yearbook staffs from middle school through college and having a broad background in advertising, Sarah’s knowledge encompasses every aspect of yearbook from conception to publication. Her excellent eye for design and proficiency with photography create the perfect pairing for helping yearbook staffs achieve innovative, compelling yearbooks that will be cherished forever. 11 a.m., Palms D John Cutsinger has been a supporter of FSPA for over 25 years. A 1987 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, Cutsinger advised national awardwinning yearbooks, newspapers and magazines for nearly 15 years. He is a JEA Certified Journalism Instructor and has won Medal of Merit and a Friends of Scholastic Journalism awards from JEA. He is also a CSPA Gold Key recipient. He serves Florida yearbook staffs as a creative resource. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Clementine Omar Delgado has been teaching at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami for about 11 years. As a member of the Computer Science Department, Omar has been teaching the media arts (video, editing, graphic design, Photoshop and web design) and Television/ Film Production for the past seven years. He is the co-moderator of CCNN Live, and holds a Bachelors degree in history from Florida International University and a Masters in technology integration from Nova Southeastern University. 10 a.m., Lemon Matt Diaz brings a unique blend of expertise and excitement to his role as a Walsworth Yearbooks representative. A former high school teacher and coach, Matt served on the editor staffs at Miami Sunset High’s yearbook and newspaper before graduation from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He works and resides in the South Florida area. 10 a.m., Palms D Sara Ganim is a featured speaker. Bio, Page 10. 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Palms E; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Lemon Katrice Graham, earned her Bachelor of Science in advertising and a Master of Science in management from the University of Florida. She is the Director for the Knight Division, serving the College of Journalism and Com-

munications students in the areas of scholarships, career services and multicultural affairs. Her dedication to her alma mater, education and student success pushes her to continually push the limits of student development. 10 a.m., Lime Heather Hanks, MJE, NBCT, advises the Minotaur yearbook and Bull’s Eye newsmagazine at Bloomingdale High School. In addition to teaching journalism, she also teaches photography as an AP course and Social Media 1. 11 a.m., Fleming Ernest Hooper has spent nearly 28 years working as a professional journalists, including 22 at the Tampa Bay Times in a variety of roles. He currently serves the paper as a columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief. 11 a.m., Mandarin Joe Humphrey is FSPA’s Evaluations Coordinator and a nominee for Teacher of the Year. Bio, Page 17. 10 a.m., Lemon; 11 a.m. Palms C Steve Johnson is a featured speaker. Bio, Page 10. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Palms H; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Orange Kris Killough is in his seventh year as a Herff Jones Representative. Kris, a CJE through JEA, completed his masters in business administration and brings his enthusiasm to yearbooks in north central Florida. Kris has expertise in layout and design and enjoys sharing his business background to help staffs achieve their goals. He also sponsors several workshops throughout the year to help educate and motivate yearbook students and advisers. 10 a.m., Largo Evelyn Lauer is a featured speaker. Bio, Page 10. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tangerine Ranney Lawrence has spent four decades wearing different hats in the performing arts. Teaching with Patel Conservatory since its inception in 2004, Ranney served on its Diversity Committee and Curriculum Development Team. In addition to stand-up comedy, Ranney also teaches acting, spoken word, scene-study and has served as assistant director, choreographer, musical director and composer to the Patel Youth Theater. 9 a.m., Palms F Veronika Levine is starting her 15th year working for Walsworth as the lead yearbook representative for South Florida. If you count her years as a college editor at Syracuse University and editor at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, she has over two decades worth of experience helping students and teachers make awesome yearbooks. She loves all things yearbook and even met her husband at yearbook camp! Come stop by and introduce yourself. Talking yearbook is what she’s best at. 11 a.m., Palms D


Adam Livesay has over 13 years of scholastic journalism experience. A former editor-in-chief of Crystal River High School’s yearbook and newspaper, Adam graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science. He now uses those experiences to help schools as a representative with Walsworth Yearbooks. 10 a.m., Palms D Kyle LoJacono is a graduate from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass medai communications. He spent six months writing for the sports section of the Tallahassee Democrat. After that, he worked with Community News Publications in the Tampa Bay market for four years, starting as a staff writer, sports editor and editor. Currently he is in his first year teaching newspaper, Journalism I and English at Wharton High School. 11 a.m., Palms G Julie Mancini is FSPA’s District 2 Director. Bio, Page 5. 3 p.m., Fleming Marcia Meskiel-Macy, a former publications adviser in Broward County, works with yearbook staffs on the East Coast of Florida and directors MyMediaSeminars, an integrated media approach to yearbook, newspaper (both online and print) and magazine production. A certified life coach, Marcia brings 36-plus years scholastic journalism experience to the challenges of contemporary school publications. 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Palms G Maria Molina is in her 14th year at American Heritage School in Plantation. She has a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in business. This is her sixth year teaching broadcast (WAHS News), a program that she started from scratch and is now a nationally recognized program. 9 a.m., Lemon Meredith Jean Morris has written feature stories for the Orlando Sentinel, New York Post, New York Times Company regional publications and a variety of regional magazines. She has worked as a magazine and newspaper writer, editor and designer. Currently, Morris is an adjunct journalism professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. She has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida and a M.A. in mass communications from the University of Central Florida. Morris believes that even in the evolving journalism industry, there is no substitution for good storytelling. 9 a.m., Mandarin Samantha Morris is the editor in chief of the FLVS newspaper. An avid writer, she also edits copy for the literary magazine, yearbook and weekly activities newsletter. 9 a.m., Palms D Erica Nathan is the editor in chief of the FLVS yearbook. With her passions in photography and design, she also edits copy for the literary magazine, newspaper and weekly activities

newsletter. 9 a.m., Palms D Mark Schledorn has advised student publications in Brevard County since 1990. He currently teaches journalism at West Shore Jr./ Sr. High School in Melbourne. Through the years his staffs have won a number of Crowns from CSPA, All-Americas from NSPA, including a Pacemaker in 2000, and All-Floridas from FSPA. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a sports-desk editor at Florida Today and at the Tallahassee Democrat and as the front-page editor at the Winter Haven News-Chief. 3 p.m., Siesta Randy Serrano is a featured speaker. Bio, Page 10. 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Palms B; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Clementine Jeff Sharon is a featured speaker. Bio, Page 10. 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Orange Stephanie Shumate covers the greater Tallahassee area. As a middle school student, Stephanie learned the wonders of yearbook as one of her school’s editor. Her intense knowledge in youth leadership development and programs is an abundant resource to the schools in her area. Stephanie has a creative itch to bring new ideas and a “think-outsidethe-box” perspective to projects and life, giving her customers the opportunity to construct fabulous yearbooks. 10 a.m., Largo Bill Simmons is the graduate of Plant City High School with more than 20 years of successful experience in the photography industry. He began his career with Bryn Alan Studios in Tampa, Fla. in the lab, specializing in the printing of yearbook glossies. He eventually was promoted through the ranks, becoming the Studio Manager in 2004. In 2010, he joined Leonard’s, where he serves as a photographic training coordinator. His expertise is the operation of 35 mm film and digital technology, 2 14 format cameras and 70 mm Nord and Camerez. He also specializes in troubleshooting camera and lighting problems. 11 a.m., Lime Pam Szaro, Certified Journalism Educator, has been a Herff Jones Yearbook Specialist for eight years. She holds a Masters in Education and served as a classroom teacher for 12 years (seven of which as a yearbook adviser). 9 a.m., Lime

SPEAKERS Stations through Veritas Marketing. 10 a.m., Mandarin Scott Toner is a second generation printer growing up in a graphics family. You could say ink runs through the Toner family. Currently he is the Technical Relations Manager for Suncoast Press. This position has tied into his past experiences to bring his knowledge to the customer. 9 a.m., Fleming Sarah Tricano has advised Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Tigrium, a CSPA Silver Crown and NSPA Pacemaker finalist K-12 yearbook for six years. She also teaches digital photography. She has taught sessions at My Media Seminars in Miami and Melbourne, the FSPA district convention in Orlando, the Fall 2013 NSPA/JEA convention in Boston and most recently at the CSPA spring convention in New York. Before becoming an adviser and teacher, Tricano worked as a design professional at high-end interior design firms in New York. She earned her BA from SUNY at Stony Brook and MFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. 2 p.m., Lime Dr. Paul (Xiaopeng) Wang is an associate professor at University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He received his doctoral degree in journalism and mass communication from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. His research interests include visual communication, graphic design, new media and international communication. He worked as the editor-in-chief, editor at the news departments at Tom.com and NetEase, two leading news websites in China. He also has experience working for several newspapers and the China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, China. Courses he has taught include “Intro to Visual Communications,” “Web Publishing,” and “Newspaper and News Publication Design” 2 p.m., Lime Callie Williams is a nominee for Teacher of the Year. Bio, Page 10. 9 a.m., Largo

Brit Taylor is FSPA’s Vice President. Bio, Page 5. 2 p.m., Fleming M.T. Thompson-Wilkinson has been at American Heritage Delray for eight years and started the literary magazine four years ago. She holds and MS Ed in technology and undergraduate and graduate concentrations in art and design. Before teaching, Ms. Thompson-Wilkinson was a correspondent for the Salem News and worked with Cahners publishing as well as consulting for marketing and design for Radio FSPA 2014 State Convention | 35


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