Wyndham Orlando May 3-5, 2012 #FSPA2012
We Are FSPA Welcome to the 2012 Florida S cholastic Press Association convention. With the field of journalism changing at the pace of advancements in technology, each person brings something new to the plate. Let that individuality shine through this year. This convention promises to be our most exciting yet. The FSPA board and other volunteers have spent many hours planning the accommodations, breakouts, competitions, events and entertainment that await. Hopefully you have all taken this
year to work with your publication team and are ready for the many contests in the days to come. Please take advantage of the breakout sessions to learn and improve your crew’s skill sets. We hope you will find FSPA 2012 educational, challenging, rewarding and — of course — fun. Throughout the convention, please feel free to approach us at any time with questions or concerns. We hope you enjoy the convention as much as we enjoyed planning it. Find your individualism and run with it. We are journalists. We are FSPA.
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Table of Contents Page 4 Sponsors Page 5 Featured speakers Page 7 Convention information Page 8 Behavior rules & adviser duties Page 9 Contest schedule Page 11 Acknowledgements Page 13 Convention Schedule Page 15 Session details, Thursday 8 p.m. Page 16 Session details, Friday 9 a.m. Page 17 Session details, Friday 10 a.m. Pages 18-19 At a Glance ( Convention Grid)
Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24
Session details, Friday 11 a.m. Session details, Friday 2 p.m. Session details, Friday 3 p.m. Student Journalist of the Year; Emerging Young Journalist Page 25 Teachers of the Year Pages 26-28 Meet the board, student reps and staff Pages 29-31 Speaker bios Pages 32-33 Individual All-Florida winners Page 34 Hotel maps 3
Sponsors & Exhibitors Sponsors Jostens Thursday Advisers’ Reception Featured speakers Herff Jones Yearbooks Friday Advisers’ Breakfast Dean Stewart Photography Canvas Advisers’ Bags
Balfour Teacher of the Year
Exhibitors Balfour Dean Stewart
Walsworth Publishing T-shirt co-sponsor Leonard’s Photography T-shirt co-sponsor
Photography The College Press
Leonard’s Photography Lifetouch Yearbooks & Photography
Sun Coast Press
Herff Jones Sun Coast Press Convention program printing
Lifetouch Yearbooks and Photography T-shirt co-sponsor
Honor Roll of FSPA Sponsors Since our 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 during the past eight years. 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 Taylor Publishing 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 St. Petersburg Times University of South Florida School of Mass Communications Society of Professional Journalists Wall Street Journal
Friends (up to $2,500) American Society of Newspaper Editors Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale The College Press Community News Publications Diane’s Fundraising Julie E. Dodd Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization Linda Evanchyk Florida Association of Broadcasters Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Florida Technical Institute Friesens Yearbooks Live Yearbook The Gainesville Sun Gigante Productions Deb Jepson JS Printing 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 Raoul Zayas
Featured Speakers Gary Buchanan Opening Keynote
Photo by Steve Johnson
Mike Foley Banquet Keynote Mike Foley is a veteran newspaper editor and executive now on the faculty of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. After nearly 30 years with the Times Publishing Co., which publishes the Tampa Bay Times, the largest daily newspaper in Florida, he joined the faculty in August 2003 as a Master Lecturer in the journalism department. Foley’s classes focus on news reporting and writing. In 2009-10 he served as assistant dean of Student Services in the college. At the Times, he served as executive editor, managing editor, metropolitan editor and city editor. He also worked on the business side of the paper as vice president of Community Relations. He oversaw community relations, the Times grants and scholarship programs and served as company spokesman. He started his journalism career in 1970 as a reporter for the Evening Independent, an afternoon newspaper that was owned by the Times. He moved to the Times in 1974 and remained there until retirement in 1999. He has been involved in a wide variety of industry and community service, including serving as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, president of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, judge for the Hearst Foundation College Writing Awards and as a trustee of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of Florida in 1970 and received his master’s in mass communication from UF in 2004 He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Journalism and Communications in 1994 and was named Teacher of the Year for the College and University in 2006-07. This year, he was selected by the Princeton Review as one of “The Best 300 Professors.” Foley is 65 (though he looks much younger), and is married to the former Suzette Jennings. He has two daughters: Shannon Foley, of Houston, and Corey Wald, of Houston, and two stepsons, Skyler Weaver, of St. Petersburg, and Jody Durkacs, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He plays bass guitar in Suzette Jennings and Moodswingz, a band that plays jazz, Motown and R&B.
Gary is a 16+-year Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort, serving in a number of roles within the Public Relations department during that time. Selected in 1989 as the first intern to work in Walt Disney World Public Relations department, he made it his career goal to return to the Magic Kingdom and continue to contribute to the Public Relations efforts once again. Originally from Nashville, Tenn., after graduating college with a degree in news journalism, Gary took on a career in print journalism. He served as an editor and photographer for a chain of community newspapers before Mickey gave him the call in 1995 to return to the world of PR at The Happiest Place on Earth. During his tenure at Walt Disney World, he has led many PR efforts for new attractions, new resorts and in-park special events, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, “The American Idol Experience,” “Star Wars Weekends” and Star Tours,” “ESPN The Weekend” and the annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” special on ABC-TV. He works on the famed “I’m Going to Disney World!” commercials at the Super Bowl each year, and has been part of several international and domestic PR Task Forces at Disney Parks locations around the globe. As part of these Task Forces, Gary has been on extended assignments at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, Disneyland Resort in California and Disney’s newest resort in Hawaii. Currently, Gary contributes to many of the Public Relations and Social Media projects for Disney Parks. He is featured in a series of videos on The Disney Parks Blog, the official corporate blog for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, where he offers viewers his own unique perspective on many of the features guests can experience at the parks and resort. He also offers creative ideas for The Disney Parks Blog about ways to utilize emerging technology and new communication methods to inform and entertain readers of the Blog. As Managing Editor of Social Media, he also leads a new online program called Disney Parks InsidEARS. In addition to his Social Media projects, Gary also champions the celebrity PR coverage from Walt Disney World Resort, working with entertainment media from across the country to leverage celebrity vacations and working projects and create positive PR from them.
1. Steve Johnson returns to talk multimedia journalism. 2. Kelly Furnas is executive director of the Journalism Education Association. 3. Jake Palenske is back by popular demand. 4. Jim Streisel advises one of the nation’s most successful scholastic journalism programs. 5. Kim Green is National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. 6. Les Rose of CBS News is an FSPA fan favorite.
Convention Information Check-in/check-out Convention check-in should be com plet ed by 6 p.m. Thursday. Turn in your student behavior contracts and your adviser agreement at check-in. As soon as you pick up your registration packets -- including a nifty canvas bag courtesy of Dean Stewart Photography -- have your student delegates put on their convention wristbands. You’ll also get T-shirts, thanks to supporters including Leonard’s, Lifetouch and Walsworth. As you already know because you’re holding one, you will also get programs. Printing was provided by Sun Coast Press. FSPA staff and volunteers can help you with any questions or problems. Hotel check-in is in Tangerine A. Rooms may not be available prior to the 4 p.m. check-in time. Early arrivals can store luggage in the Cedar/Marathon rooms. Check-out time is noon on Saturday. Advisers should plan to check out immediately after the Closing Session, which will end about 10 a.m. Advisers may also check with the hotel desk Friday night after the banquet or Saturday morning to clear up any room charges.
Meals Jostens will provide refreshments for advisers at Thursday Night’s Reception. We’ll also hold district meetings during this time, so come network with your peers from throughout the state and your local area. Herff Jones will provide breakfast for advisers on Friday. FSPA will sponsor Friday’s Advisers’ Luncheon. There is one ballot issue up for election during the meeting that follows the luncheon. Of course, all delegates should attend the banquet Friday night in the Palms Ballroom. Doors for the Friday night banquet open at 5:30. For meals not provided, you may visit one of the hotel restaurants or one of the many restaurants in the International Drive area. Be sure to plan your lunchtime so you can get back in time for the afternoon sessions, which begin at 2 p.m. If students leave the hotel for lunch, they must travel in groups. Students should always make sure their advisers know where they are at all times.
Awards Dozens of awards will be presented at this year’s convention. At the Opening Session (6:15 p.m.) we will honor this year’s Tampa Bay Times Emerging Young Journalist. At the adviser luncheon, we will honor Silver, Gold and
Platinum Key recipients and the finalists for the Teacher of the Year. The Gold Medallion recipients will also be recognized at that time. The Friday night banquet will feature Mike Foley of the University of Florida. It will also be the setting for the presentation of certificates to staffs who have earned All-Florida honors from FSPA. The Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year and the Morty Schaap Florida Journalism Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Balfour, will be announced at the banquet. The winners of the Carry-in and On-the-Spot contests will be announced at the Closing Session on Saturday morning.
Competitions There are three types of competitions at FSPA: Onthe-Spot, Carry-in and pre-judged competitions. The prejudged competitions include individual entries as well as staff submissions in all media forms (yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, literary magazine, broadcast and on-line pub li ca tions). Dead lines for these sub mis sions occurred throughout the year, and these contests have already been judged. We’ll show the list of individual All-Florida winners before the Opening on Thursday. Participants in the team On-the-Spot contests for yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine will meet with judges and each other Friday morning. The broadcast team contests and individual On-the-Spot contests will take place during the convention. The Carry-in contests are those that students have uploaded prior to the convention (photo) or submitted when they arrive. Don’t forget to pay your $5 entry fee. Carry-in entries should be turned in at the FSPA Contest Desk as part of convention check-in. Don’t forget to pay your $5 entry fee for each contest entry. The contests will be judged on Thursday night and Friday. Most On-the-Spot contests will take place at the hotel on Thursday night. Some broadcast contests will take place on Friday. Only those students and schools who have preregistered will compete in the On-the-Spot contests. Check the schedule and locations of these contests on page 9. Advisers were notified about contest details prior to the convention.
Scheduled Sessions All sessions are scheduled for Thursday night and Friday in the hotel convention center. A complete listing of sessions, times and locations can be found in the program. Our featured sessions in Palms E are sponsored by Jostens. There will be only a 10-minute break between sessions, and students must attend a Thursday night session and each of the five Friday sessions (unless they are in competition). Unless noted, sessions are 50 minutes long.
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 off-duty police officer will make rounds on each floor.
FSPA Convention 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.
9:30-10:30 Attend Reception 10:30 - 11:15 p.m. General Patrol
9:00 -11:15 p.m. Dance 11:30 p.m.-midnight Floor Patrol
11:30 p.m.-midnight Floor Patrol 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.
Don’t Stop The Tweeting
1. Curfew: 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Students must be in assigned rooms at that time. 2. Visitation: Prohibited after curfew. 3. Visitation in hotel rooms by students of the opposite sex must be supervised by adviser. 4. Students must make whereabouts known to chaperone at all times. Students should not go anywhere alone. 5. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO LEAVE THE HOTEL AT NIGHT without a chaperone. 6. Tobacco use is prohibited. 7. Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times. 8. 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 that 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 student’s publication from FSPA activities 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 • Any infraction deemed serious by the Executive Board Violations of these rules may result in forfeiture of awards by the entire publication or school delegation.
Contest Schedule Contests Make sure to turn in your Carry-In contest entries by 7:15 p.m. at the Contest desk in the Palm Foyer. More information for certain carry-in contests and the on the spot contests appears below.
Contest Photography Carry-Ins
Where to Go Print contest desk
Edit to the Beat Best Twitter Use
Broadcast contest desk Print contest desk
Print contest desk/ Oleander A
Individual News Anchor Photography - Artistic
Hibiscus Oleander B
Script Writing News Package Video Photojournalism Collaborative Commerical Cinema Editing Challenge Photography - Candid Mixed Company Advertisement Editorial Writing Sports Column Writing Digital Infographic Review Writing Short Story Poetry Writing Illustration Editorial Cartoon
Magnolia Magnolia Magnolia Magnolia Hibiscus Lemon Palms B Madeira - Bldg. 15 Oleander A Tangerine A Cocoa - Bldg. 15 Garden Room Daytona - Bldg. 15 Ormond - Bldg. 15 Clearwater - Bldg. 15 Madeira - Bldg. 15
Team Contest Yearbook Academics Team Yearbook Student Life Newspaper Feature Page Literary Magazine Team Newspaper Doubletruck Newspaper Sports Team Yearbook Sports Team
Where to Go Palms C Palms D Palms E Palms F Palms G Palms H Palms I
When to go there Turn in payment for pre-uploaded photos before opening Check in before opening Check in before opening; attend Thursday night session featuring Alex Shipman (Orange room) Pick up instructions from contest desk before opening, report to Oleander A immediately following opening. Immediately following opening Immediately following opening (bring your gear!) 7:45 a.m. Friday 8 a.m. Friday 8:15 a.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. Friday 1:45 p.m. Friday 7:45 a.m. Friday 8:45 a.m. Friday 8 a.m. Friday 8 a.m. Friday 8 p.m. Thursday 8 p.m. Thursday (bring your laptop!) 8 p.m. Thursday (check map for room location!) 8 p.m. Thursday 8 p.m. Thursday 8 p.m. Thursday 8 p.m. Thursday
Print Team Contests 1-2 members of each staff participating in the print team contests should bring their completed page to these meetings at 8 a.m. Friday.
Acknowledgements The FSPA Executive Board and the Convention 2012 team wish to thank the following people for their assistance with preparing this conference and for their support of scholastic journalism and FSPA. • Ed Hartshorn, Mike Marchant and Jeff Smith, • Wendy Wallace, The Poynter Institute, newspaper newspaper critiques SWANK • Contest proctors including Allie Hershorn, Clare • Dawn Amick, Wyndham Convention Services Manager Lennon, Allison Briggs and Joshua Hickson • John Yarbrough, Wyndham Senior Director of • Bradley Wilson, SJOY judging coordinator Sales • John Wright II, Dean, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications • Ashley Norris, Wyndham Administrative Assis• Kurt Doster and CBTV, Cypress Bay High School tant • Steven Jay Thor, Deerfield Beach High School • Denise Honey, Broadcast Contest Coordinator • Sharon Tally, Journalism Education Association • Rhonda Weiss, Print Contest Coordinator • Full Sail University, Cinema Editing Challenge • Heather Hanks, Photo Contest Coordinator footage • Rory Cooksey, FSPA 2012 Executive Producer • Judy Cannaday, Teacher of the Year Coordinator • Levy Awards (plaques) • Our generous sponsors • Kevin Stephens, Hillsborough High School, • Our giving speakers program Design • Our helpful judges • Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High School, pro• Scholastic Journalism parents gram assistance
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Convention Schedule Thursday 3-6:15 p.m.
Convention check-in, FSPA Registration Desk, Palms Foyer
Submission of carry-in contests, FSPA contest desks Check-in for select on-the-spot contests (Check contest grid, page 9)
Hotel check-in, Tangerine A
Doors open for Opening, Palms Ballroom
Opening session, Palms Ballroom Video montage, Introduction of Tampa Bay Times Emerging Young Journalist, Guest speaker Gary Buchanan (Walt Disney World Resort)
Individual News Anchor contest, Hibiscus Artistic Photography contest, meet in Oleander B
Broadcast judging, Siesta/Biscayne
Late registration, FSPA Registration Desk, Palms Foyer
On the Spot Contests (See contest grid, page 9) Thursday night sessions (Descriptions, page 15)
Adviser Reception, Poolside Pavilion, Sponsored by Jostens
Sunshine Standout Judging, Oleander B All advisers and available speakers attending without students present are requested
Curfew â€“ All students must be in their rooms and quiet
Friday 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Adviser Breakfast, Palms B, Sponsored by Herff Jones
Broadcast team contest orientations (see contest grid, page 9)
Candid photo contest orientation, Lemon
Start time for select contests (see contest grid, page 9)
8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Contest judging (Broadcast-Siesta/Biscayne); Print (Oleander B) Please make sure to stop by early to arrange for contest judging
Morning classes (Descriptions, pages 16, 17 and 21) Sessions in Palms E sponsored by Jostens
Adviser Luncheon and Business Meeting Presentation of Gold Medallion winners; Presentation of Silver, Gold and Platinum Keys; Recognition of district teachers of the year
Afternoon classes (Descriptions, pages 22-23)
Banquet doors open, Palms Ballroom No need to rush -- all tables are pre-assigned (consult tickets and table number signs)
Banquet Guest speaker Mike Foley (University of Florida); Presentation of All-Florida publication awards; Recognition of Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year; Presentation of Morty Schaap Journalism Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Balfour
Dance, Palms Ballroom
Curfew -- All students must be in their own rooms and quiet
Saturday 8 a.m.
Closing, Palms Ballrooom Recognition of carry-in and on-the-spot contest winners
10 a.m. to noon
Hotel check-out, lobby
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Thursday Sessions - 8 p.m. ESPN Style Highlights / Handel Eugene / Palms C/D Learn how to take footage from a Friday night football game (or other athletic event) and make eye-catching videos that will be the talk of your campus. Handel is willing to share his knowledge and experience as well as offer his advice to students who are interested in video editing as well sports filming. In Handel’s fun and in-depth session you will learn the ins and outs of how to get it done and do it well. (Repeats on Friday at 2 p.m.) It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time, and Other Smart Things Said in Prolific Ways that Will Change Your Life / Meredith Cochie / Palms E This former journalist turned turbo media professor will you give you a good ol’ fashion intervention on behalf of becoming a professional collegiate journalism student. Carry-in Photo Feedback / Paul Baker / Palms F Come take a look at the photos entered in the various Carry-in contests and hear what the professionals have to say about some of the best images from throughout the state. College: It’s More Than Just Schoolwork (Preparing for the College Experience) / Phil Berman & Jaclyn Rhoads / Palms G It’s never too early (or late) to start thinking about your college career, especially if it’s one that will involve journalism. This session will help guide you in the right direction, in terms of what to do in college, how to get that first internship, and how to build a portfolio/resume tape. Phil Berman (CBS Producer) and Jaclyn Rhoads (Marketing Manager) will spill their secrets on how to make the connections you need... that will extend beyond your college years. It’s real-life advice from two former FSPA-ers who have “been there, done that.” Why choose UF’s College of Journalism and Communications? / Charles Harris / Palms H Learn more about scholarship information and summer programs for high school students at the University of Florida. Students will be on hand to answer questions about UF and the College of Journalism and Communication. Self-publishing a Small Book / Kira Slye / Tangerine B This session will explore options for students who wish to self-publish a small yearbook or magazine. Concerns such as how to set it up, customer service, costs, software, creative control, deadlines and workflow will be explored. Build a $100k News Website (for less than $400) / Jake Palenske / Lime In the digital era, a publication without a webpage is like a person without a name. This session will demonstrate how easy it is to get online using WordPress, even if you have little or no technical ability and a tiny budget. You’ll learn how to setup your hosting company, register a domain and setup e-mail accounts for your staff members. You’ll also see how to set up site access accounts, choose a site template and upload video, audio, stories and photos. As a finale, I’ll show you how to create a custom iOS and Android mobile news app. The Greatest Stories Ever Told / Kim Green / Jasmine Your yearbook is the true story of one year in the life of the kids at your school. Use this idea-packed session to plan to tell it how it really is
for your 2013 edition. You’ll take away plenty of cool coverage ideas to make the next yearbook your best one ever. Selecting the Right Camera for Student Photography / Dean Stewart / Magnolia Whether it is an expensive digital SLR camera or a simple point and shoot, getting the right camera in the right persons’ hands is important. Many different cameras, lenses and flashes will be discussed and reviewed. Your Digital Footprint: Does the Shoe Fit? / Alex Shipman / Orange In the ever-changing digital space, the focus is dramatically shifting from paid and owned media to what is now called “earned” media. Having a Facebook Page, Twitter account and a blog is great - but doesn’t automatically qualify you as being engaged in Earned Media. Social media without strategy can be a waste of time, so this session will show you how to successfully leverage these tools to enhance your digital footprint. Cut the CRAPtions: Writing Great Captions / Deb Jepson and Alicia Pope / Lemon Time to stop labeling pictures and really get into the art of captioning. Your photographers work hard capturing just the right photo. Honor that hard work by learning how to write captions that spark interest in your readers. Two Guys & A Camera Auditions / Paradise (Building 15) Pre-registered students interested in being part of our roving reporting crew. On the Spot Contests In an On the Spot contest? Check the schedule on page 9 to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
Adviser Events Reception & District Meetings Sponsored by Jostens 9-10 p.m. Thursday Poolside Pavilion Breakfast Sponsored by Herff Jones Yearbooks 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday Palms B Luncheon & Business Meeting 12-1:45 p.m. Friday Palms B 15
Friday Sessions - 9 a.m. From Journalism Student to Working in TV / Ash McDaniel / Palms A I’d like to offer my perspective as a recent grad now working full time in broadcast journalism. Talking about how to find jobs, internships, what skills are marketable and how to network well while in high school and into college. As a side note, I interned at PTI on ESPN and that job was possible because of a contact I met in high school. My theory is that it’s all important. The conferences you go to, the internships you have, it can all lead to a successful career. Streamlining Workflow & Going Green / Melissa Falkowski / Palms C Learn how to use Google Docs to go paperless. Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations and calendars that can be shared with other staff members to establish a more effective way to communicate and turn in content. Bring your whole staff into the editing process from start to finish, while saving trees. Why choose UF’s College of Journalism and Communications? / Charles Harris / Palms D Learn more about scholarship information and summer programs for high school students at the University of Florida. Students will be on hand to answer questions about UF and the College of Journalism and Communication. You sound, like, um...stupid? You know? / Jake Palenske / Palms E Interviewing is as much about your credibility as the questions you ask. Speaking like an inarticulate reality TV star and mumbling sentences filled with the words “like”, “um” and “you know?” won’t result in good answers from even the friendliest source. This class will teach you how to use your voice, your words and your body language to be a outstanding, intelligent-sounding interviewer (or interviewee.) Wordpress Basics / Richard Gaspar / Palms F This session will introduce the basics of blogging with Wordpress and how to use Wordpress as a publishing platform. A variety of Wordress applications will be addressed, and “real time” Wordpress sites will be presented. Go Alternative or Go Home / Michelle Frakes & Tracy de la Feuilliez / Palms G Ditch the boring copy that no one in your school wants to read! Find new and exciting ways to give even more content, but in ways that the students WANT to read it! Redesigning your publication / Jim Streisel / Palms H “Redesign” means more than just making your pages look prettier, and it’s not something you should take lightly. True redesign means rethinking what you do and how you do it. This session will get you started on the right path. Ten things you’re not doing online (but should be) / Kelly Furnas / Palms I If your publication’s website is getting stagnant, come get 10 suggestions to drive up traffic, increase reader engagement and, most importantly, better educate your staff about Web techniques. You’ll also get exposed to some of the (free!) tools you can use to put these suggestions into practice right away.
Creating an Award Winning Literary and Art Magazine / Camille Betances / Jasmine This session will provide students and advisers with practical information on how to start and maintain an award winning literary or literary/art magazine. I will cover topics ranging from equipment and budget requirements, to staff organization and how to gain experience in design and layout. This session would be good for people that are interested in starting a magazine or people who have already started a magazine and would like more insight into how a magazine program works. Details! Details! Details! / Kim Green / Magnolia Want to make your year truly come to life in your 2013 yearbook? This session gives you 10 tried-and-true ways to add depth to your coverage and make your book ring with the voices of your students. Yearbook Organization and Management / Danielle Lindblom & Morgan Miltner / Orange Organization is key to a successful yearbook program. Management of staff, deadlines, and photos is part of it, but it’s the little things you can do as an adviser that will promote staff spirit, easier deadlines, and more yearbook revenue. One Man Band / Steve Johnson / Lemon No, this is not a music lesson. Come see just how to master multiplatform news coverage in this session. We’ll go over everything from backpack journalism to press conferences to sporting events and show you how to make your editors think you somehow cloned yourself while on assignment. Everybody has a Story / Les Rose / Garden Room Join this veteran CBS News video journalist as he shares some of his favorite stories. Journalism is storytelling, and with perseverance, you can find an interesting story angle about anyone. Rose will inspire and challenge you to be a better journalist. (Check the map for Garden Room location; session repeats 9-12 Friday) Now Not Later / Jeff Moffitt / Hibiscus (For advisers) Spring is in the air. Senioritis has set in. Everyone, including the adviser is ready for the final bell to ring. But wait. What you do now can have a huge impact on next year. Let’s talk about and share must-do’s that can make going back to school in the fall easier. Writing Good Headines and Cutlines / Tom Pierce / Paradise (Building 15) Yes, readers will LOOK first at the art on a page, but the FIRST thing they READ will be the headlines and cutlines. If you want them to keep on reading (as of course you do) you must work as hard on creating good heads and lines as you do on the writing of those stories and the designing of those pages. Don’t settle for something that merely gives an idea of what it’s about! An editor who has written thousands of heads for dailies has some tips. Review Writing / Eric Deggans / Clearwater (Building 15) Criticism is an art; come learn tips from the Tampa Bay Times’ media/ television critic. He’s also a musician with a background as a music critic.
Friday Sessions - 10 a.m. The Write Way / Sarah Lerner / Palms A This session will help literary magazine staff members to find their voice in an environment that is becoming increasingly less literary magazine friendly. It will also help show how to bring in more writing of better quality. Session participants will roundtable ways to improve school-wide participation in writing contests, at the local, district, state and national levels. Going Chronological / Melissa Falkowski / Palms C Learn how to change over from a traditional yearbook format to a chronological yearbook in order to cover more of the school year and more interesting topics. View example spreads from different chronological yearbooks. Find out how to plan the yearbook, stay organized and get started on your first chronological yearbook. Photoshop 101 / Scott Toner / Palms D Learn the tips and tricks of Photoshop. Ways to save time when working with photos as well as fun ways to spruce up your publication. Your Passion for Journalism / Steve Johnson / Palms E Steve: “Here, I am going to tell you three stories. That it’s. Three stories that made me fall in love with a job that turned into a career. Three stories that tested me to my limits and forever changed my life as a journalist. From football, to pole dancing, to oil spills, this is the best job in the world!” Raising the Bar / Todd DeNoyer / Palms F For those yearbook programs looking to improve their skill sets, their goals, sales & marketing, or win an award, this session is for you. Whether you are an adviser or a student you can learn different ways to raise the bar. Get the most out of your students How to Make Your Opinion Count / David Whitley / Palms G Want to tell the world what you think about something? More importantly, do you want the world to listen? Everybody has an opinion. What everybody doesn’t have is the ability to put that opinion into words that persuade, inform and entertain. This course will hopefully give a few clues how to do that. After all, what good is having an opinion if nobody wants to hear or read it? Taking Your Staff Online / Jim Streisel / Palms H TWO-HOUR SESSION: Getting your publication online isn’t as difficult as you think. This two-hour session will give you everything you need to know to create your own online presence, from how to select a good hosting service and URL to finding a good web theme to putting content on your site once it’s up and running. Design 2012: Bring magazine design to your publications / Jake Palenske / Palms I Your outdated publication design probably looks like the clothes in the back of your parents’ closet. Your student body is laughing at (and then ignoring) both. Learn how to update your publication’s “wardrobe” with eye-catching, clean and modern design ideas. Be a Visual Idea Machine / Stephen Komives / Jasmine The 80-inch story with one mug shot. The numbers-laden data dump. How do you visually illuminate a story that’s hard to tell or has been told a million times before? Learn how to master the art of brainstorming.
It’s a Theme! It’s a Concept! It’s a Pain! / Kim Green / Magnolia If you agonize over your theme/concept every year, this session will help you take the sting out of the process. Leave with tips for inspiration, calculated risk-taking, creating a visual/verbal connection, effective color theory and graphics use, crafting great theme copy – and much more. Developing an Advertising Curriculum for Advisers / Richard Hackney / Oleander A Brainstorming session for advisers on developing an advertising curriculum. Explore what elements are needed for advisers to teach students how to sell advertising rather than asking for a donation to support their local high school newspaper. How To Sell More Yearbooks / Jim Reppi / Orange You have spent many hours working on the yearbook, now how do you get more students to purchase? This session will provide creative ideas and solutions to increase your yearbook’s appeal and student/ parent buy rate. Have Your Yearbook Pages Come Alive with Technology / Julie Kasper / Lemon Even though your final yearbook deadline is in March, you can cover the entire year using the latest in technology right on the pages of your yearbook. Got an iPad? There is a yearbook APP! Find out how your students can take their yearbook with them to college right on their iPad. Everybody has a Story / Les Rose / Garden Room See session description on page 16 Why Advisers Should Get Certified / Jane Blystone / Hibiscus FSPA is proud to offer its advisers the chance to earn free national certification. Come to this session learn more about what it means to be a CJE or MJE, and to learn HOW and WHY to consider it. Deadlines, coverage and staff, Oh my! Getting rid of the fears and tears / Lisa Dowling / Paradise (Building 15) Do you struggle with making your deadlines, managing picture and club picture day and getting your staff to produce? Learn tips in this session to make your life easier. The Game Plan / Zack Peterson / Clearwater (Building 15) Whether you’re writing a profile, covering an event or looking for something peculiar within your sports beat, there’s always something you can do to deliver a story that goes above and beyond the traditional approach. Watchdog Reporting on Deadline / Mc Nelly Torres / Madeira (Building 15) The session will offer advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats and becoming familiar with data sets and records to produce interesting stories. (Repeats at 11 a.m. Friday)
Convention at a Glance Thursday Sessions Palms C/D
ESPN Style Highlights
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Carry-In Photo Feedback
College: More than Schoolwork Berman/ Rhoads
See p. 9 for contest info; see p. 13 for session details TangerTangerOleander Palms H Lime Jasmine Magnolia ine A ine B A
Journalism at UF C. Harris
Sports Column Writing Contest
Selfpublishing a book
Building a News Website
The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Selecting the Right Camera
News Feature Writing Contest
Friday Sessions Palms A 8-8:50 See p. 9 for contest info 9-9:50 See p. 16 for session details 10-10:50 See p. 17 for session details 11-11:50 See p. 21 for session details
3-3:50 See p. 23 for session details
Adviser Breakfast (7:30-8:30)
Yearbook Academics Team Contest
Yearbook Student Life Team Contest
Newspaper Feature Page Team Contest
Literary Magazine Team Contest
Newspaper Doubletruck Team Contest
Newspaper Sports Page Team Contest
Yearbook Sports Team Contest
Yearbook Green Workflow M. Falkowski
UF College of Journalism C. Harris
You Sound, Like, Umm...
Go Alternative or Go Home
Redesigning Your Publication J. Streisel
10 Things Youâ€™re Not Doing Online K. Furnas
Creating a Lit Mag / C. Betances
Be a Visual Idea Machine
Working in TV A. McDaniel The Write Way
Mixed Company Contest (8:45)
J. Palenske Your Passion for Journalism
Journalism of Ideas
Boosting Yearbook Sales
Making Stories Memorable
2-2:50 See p. 22 for session details
Raising the Bar T. DeNoyer
Blogged Down K. Reddick
M. Frakes How to Make Your Opinion Count D. Whitley Copyrights and wrongs
Taking Your Staff Online J. Streisel
Convergance Basics J. Palenske
S. Komives Design in the Alternate Universe S. Komives
Adviser Luncheon and Business Meeting
Newspaper Staff Meet-Up (1:15)
Broadcast Staff Meet-Up (1:15)
Cinema Editing Challenge orientation (1:45)
Selling Your Fiction
ESPN Style Highlights
Web Design Trends
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Small Market TV
10 Deadly Sins
Managing Your Online Staff
M. Cochie 10 Ways to Find a Story W. Garcia
The Digital Story J. Palenske
Itâ€™s All About Style
Save the Yearbook!
My Best Day as Editor M. Foley
Convention at a Glance Opening, 6:15 p.m., Palms Ballroom (Doors at 5:30 p.m.) Orange Your Digital Footprint A. Shipman
Lemon Cut the Craptions Pope & Jepson
Review Writing Contest
News Anchor Contest
2 Guys & Camera Audition
Photo Contest Download Zone
Editorial Cartooning Contest
Digital Infographic Contest
Short Story Contest
Thursday 9 p.m. Adviser Reception at Poolside Pavilion
9-9:50 See p. 16 for session details 10-10:50 See p. 17 for session details 11-11:50 See p. 21 for session details
Broadcast Contest Orientations (7:45)
Details! K. Green
Featuring P. Owens (Orlando Sentinel)
How to Sell More Yearbooks
The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Masterful Journalism Teaching
Finding Your Writing Voice
Your Staff on Autopilot C. Bennett Adviser Idea Exchange C. Williams
Photo Candid Contest (7:45)
Editorial Writing Contest
Ad Curriculum for Advisers
Itâ€™s a Theme!
3-3:50 See p. 23 for session details
2-2:50 See p. 22 for session details
One Man Band
Now Not Later
Yearbooks Alive with Technology J. Kasper
Everybody Has a Story
J. Blystone Young Professionalism
Headlines and Cutlines
Review Writing E. Deggans
T. Pierce Deadlines, Coverage and Staff
Candid Photo Contest Download Zone
The Game Plan
Building your Brand
Literary Magazine Staff Meet-Up (1:15)
Photo Student Meet-Up (1:15)
Yearbook Staff Meet-Up (1:15)
Paradise From Blogging to Batman J. Yehl Illustrator How-To A. Pearlman
Clearwater Write for View
Certified Journalism Educator Testing (2-4:30)
Journalism Starts with j
Madeira So You Want to Write a Screenplay? So You Want to Write a Screenplay?
Focus on Photo
Talk Shop with the National Yearbook Adviser
Share a Tape
Meet the SJOY Finalists
Banquet Palms Ballroom Friday, 6 p.m. Dance Palms Ballroom Friday, 9-11:15 p.m.
Friday Sessions - 11 a.m. Sports Photography / Bill Simmons / Palms A How to get and where to photograph sports to achieve the best images possible. Journalism of Ideas: 100+ Award-Winning & Crazzzzzy College Newspaper Stories to Inspire You / Daniel Reimold / Palms C Cyber attacks. Extreme body modification. Eighth-year seniors. This session -- led by an impassioned college media scholar and author of the forthcoming “Journalism of Ideas”-- will share a slew of eye-popping and award-winning stories recently published in campus newspapers worldwide. You will, literally, laugh, cry and hide your eyes -- and hopefully leave with some related story ideas of your own. 10 Great Ways to Boost Yearbook Sales / Veronika Levine / Palms D Tired of homemade yearbook posters and fliers that never make it home to parents? It’s time to start marketing your yearbook in a new way and that means starting with yearbook awareness in general. We’ll discuss proven tactics from Walsworth’s unique Project Buy Rate program that will boost sales 50-100 copies higher for next year! Making Stories Memorable / Preston Rudie / Palms E In this session, you’ll learn the elements of what makes a story stand out while others seem forgettable. During the session you will watch several stories that may leave you laughing, smiling or even crying. But no matter your reaction when the hour is over you will def. be ready to make your stories more memorable. Blogged Down / Kelsey Reddick / Palms F Learn tips from an experienced blogger on how to grab reader attention, keep your content fresh, engage your readers and network with other bloggers. Copyrights and Copy Wrongs / Kelly Furnas / Palms G With unlimited digital information at your fingertips, the ease of repurposing someone else’s content for your publication has never been easier. But don’t do it. Come learn the legal and ethical considerations behind copyright law, as well as the alternatives to stealing others’ work. Old Stories, New Media: Convergence Journalism Basics / Jake Palenske / Palms I What is convergence? How and why is it happening? And how do I prepare my publication, my staff members and my program for the demands of the digital age? This session will introduce you to the future of journalism, how you should prepare for it and how to implement it in your classroom. Design in the Alternative Universe / Stephen Komives / Jasmine The Eskimos use more than 30 words that mean “snow.” Why do we have so few that mean “story”? The possibilities with storytelling approaches are endless. They can register with readers in a bigger way than straight narratives, and add a lot of life to your work. All it takes is a little planning. The Greatest Stories Ever Told / Kim Green / Magnolia See session description, page 15
Masterful Teaching: Journalism classes and the Evaluation Process / Christie Gold and Stephanie Schwindt / Oleander A ADVISERS ONLY: Journalism classes don’t always look like traditional classrooms, yet that doesn’t mean that advisers cannot shine on evaluation rubrics. In fact, they have certain advantages over other teachers. Whether your district uses Danielson or Marzano, this session will help you navigate the evaluation process. Join an experienced peer evaluator and new teacher mentor as they discuss what highly effective classroom practices look like in a journalism class. Finding Your Writing Voice / Ernest Hooper / Orange This seminar will focus on the fun but never-ending journey every writer embarks upon: learning how to incorporate your natural, conversational tone into your writing style. It’s a perfect session for opinion writers, arts critics and anyone interested in learning practical, common sense approaches to strengthening their journalistic writing skills. Into to Motion Graphics using After Effects / Handel Eugene / Lemon Learn the essential industry techniques you need to take your morning show to the professional level. Handel Eugene gives a gentle introduction to creating motion graphics in Adobe After Effects, from creating show intros and lower thirds to transitions and show segments. Eugene will go under the hood and break down one of his own professional projects. This course provides an overview of animation techniques found in the industry. Everybody has a Story / Les Rose / Garden Room See session description on page 16. Young Professionalism: Skills, Jobs and Resumes / Nicole Dominguez / Hibiscus As a writer, designer, photographer, or journalist, there is no reason for any teen with dreams and passions to have a real career while still in high school. Talent shows through no matter what age you are! In this course, Nicole will be discussing the importance of working in your chosen field, and how you can get started. Resumes, portfolios, and personal drive will also be discussed. Building Your Brand / Kelsey Reddick / Paradise (Building 15) A brand is more than just a corporate logo. Logos, taglines and wordmarks are simply elements of a brand identity. Brands are for companies, websites and even people. Sometimes brands aren’t created, they are discovered. Interviews: A journalist’s best (but most challenging) friend / Zack Peterson / Clearwater (Building 15) Learn the importance of an introspective interview and how it can be used to create a more enriching, well-written story, whether it’s a feature piece or profile. The speaker will use examples from scholastic and professional work. Watchdog Reporting on Deadline / Mc Nelly Torres / Madeira (Building 15) See session description, page 17
Friday Sessions - 2 p.m. Going Viral / Melissa Falkowski /Palms F Think launching an online publication is too complicated? Think again. Learn how to launch it, organize it and maintain it. Get tips on what to include and how to get students to visit it. Find out how our staff dealt with the successes and failures of our first year online and whether going online is the next step for your staff. Selling Your Fiction / Rick Wilber/ Palms G The explosion of online magazines and literary reviews means the market for short fiction of all kinds is, arguably, the best it has ever been. How does an early-career writer break into the professional ranks of short-story writers and novelists? Which publications are more important to a career than others? How does a writer progress from the high-school literary magazine to writing professionally? Are contests important? Are workshops important? Are short stories important? Are college writing programs important? These questions and more will be answered in a session devoted to career building for the short-story writer and budding novelist. ESPN Style Highlights / Handel Eugene / Palms H See session description, page 15 Web Design Trends / Kelly Furnas / Palms I While the first aesthetic impression from your website is important, so too is the need for your site’s design to match the need of your publication and your readership. Take a look at some sites that are doing it right. It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time, and Other Smart Things Said in Prolific Ways that Will Change Your Life / Meredith Cochie / Jasmine See session description, page 15 Small Market TV / Phil Berman / Magnolia So you wanna be on television? I did, too. I actually thought I’d be the next Matt Lauer. Seriously. Ten years later – I’m working as the 11 p.m. producer for CBS News in Miami. Behind the scenes and I love it. I’ve worked my way from market 182 to 16. And I’m going to tell YOU how I did it. It’s real-life advice from a former FSPA-er who’s “been there, done that.” 10 Deadly Sins / Jim Streisel / Oleander A Think your story’s ready for publication? Not so fast. Learn 10 writing tips and tricks that will turn any piece of good writing into something great. Post-Yearbook Portfolios / Renee Burke / Orange So the final pages of the yearbook have shipped and the last newspaper is at press. What do you do with them until the end of the year? Learn the value of a student portfolio and how to assign and grade it. This is something students can use and add to every year. The Digital Story: Find it, Tell It, Share It / Jake Palenske / Lemon To be an effective journalist in the 21st century, you have to use technology to find, tell and distribute your story. This session will teach you how to produce up-to-the-minute digital content, how to use converged information sources like Twitter and Facebook to gener-
ate coverage ideas, and how to format/distribute what you produce so your audience can easily access it. My Best Day as an Editor / Mike Foley / Garden Room TWO-HOUR SESSION: As the legendary, Elvis-lovin’ executive editor of the (then) St. Petersburg Times, Mike Foley supervised numerous Pulitzer Prize winning reporters. Hear the dramatic story of his best day, then share with him your editing and staff challenges and journalism ideas for this informative seminar/roundtable for newspaper editors and their top staffers. Your Staff on Autopilot / Colleen Bennett / Hibiscus You won’t leave here with Jesus as your co-pilot, but together we’ll discuss strategies and techniques designed for the publications staff to take the wheel. Topics covered include: staff manual and organizational methods and techniques. From Blogging to Batman / Joshua Yehl / Paradise (Building 15) Nerd, comic book lover and former Batman-sidekick Joshua Yehl shares his story on how he became a writer for comics.IGN.com, the most popular comics website on Earth-1. For those who want a career in entertainment journalism or the Green Lantern Corps, this is where your training begins (capes and masks optional). Hear how Joshua used blogging, Twitter and conventions to help land an awesome journalism job second only to reporting for the Daily Planet. CJE Testing / Jane Blystone / Venice (Building 15) Pre-registered test-takers will take the Journalism Education Association’s Certified Journalism Educator exam. Computers will be provided. Write for View / Aiste Zalepuga / Clearwater (Building 15) View Scholastic magazine is written and published by students and features international participation. It is dedicated to the sharing of cultural ideas and language skills with peers globally. Find out about the many opportunities that await in this expanding publication. So You Want to Write a Screenplay / Eric Bean, Lucus Baston and Andrew Hogsten / Madiera (Building 15) Tune in for a brief one-hour overview of screenwriting for film and television in today’s multimedia market. Basics in story, structure, and terminology will be discussed and followed up by a Q&A session. Focus on Photography/ Steve Johnson / Cocoa (Building 15) Join Steve Johnson for informal, one-on-one or small group discussions about photography. Ask about careers,camera settings or networking. Bring your portfolio for advice. Continues through 3:50 p.m. Talk Shop with National Yearbook Adviser of the Year Kim Green / Coquina (Building 15) Students and advisers are welcome to visit with the National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. Bring questions or spreads/books for critique in small group settings. Continues through 3:50 p.m. Share a Tape with Les Rose / Daytona (Building 15) Bring your work (on DVD) and join CBS videojournalist Les Rose for the always-popular, highly interactive Share a Tape session. Continues through 3:50 p.m.
Friday Sessions - 3 p.m. 10 Ways to Find a Fresh Story / Wayne Garcia / Jasmine Tips for student journalists to get out of the rut they are in and find fresh news stories -- or new angles on old stories. We look at 10 surefire ways to get a story students will want to read. College Journalism: Fueled by Coffee / Clare Lennon & Erin Jester / Magnolia Learn about college newspapers from editors at the largest studentrun paper in the country, The Independent Florida Alligator. We’ll discuss how to break into college journalism and what it’s like to work for a college paper. (Hint: We love coffee!) Managing Your Online Staff / Jim Streisel / Oleander A Your website shouldn’t feel like an extra appendage, and it shouldn’t be a drag getting content online. Learn how to get tons of content online without working much harder than you already do. It’s All About Style / Renee Burke / Orange The makers of InDesign really are genius. Come learn how to create a library and style sheets to ensure consistency in your publication. Save the Yearbook! (Or at least stop killing it.) / Jake Palenske / Lemon Contrary to popular belief, yearbooks aren’t dead. But they could be unless we make them relevant to 21st-century audiences.
Adviser Idea Exchange / Callie Willams /Hibiscus Let’s talk about procedures, grading, teambuilding activities and other best practices in this gathering for advisers. Learn and share. Illustrator How-Tos/ Andrea Pearlman / Paradise (Building 15) Come learn 20 things you can do with Adobe Illustrator, a powerful design program. Bring your laptop if you can — and lots of questions. Journalism starts with j / Bloomingdale j students / Clearwater (Building 15) We all love getting to network at FSPA, but how do you connect with other publications outside of conventions? “j” is made just for you! Join the first charter members in Florida as they explain why you should join this new national organization for students and how you can get the most out of your membership. Meet the SJOY Finalists / Aiste Zalepuga, Anna Beatty & Rachel Wise / Ormond (Building 15) Meet Florida’s top three student journalists — and check out their portfolios for advice on how you too can put together an awardwinning portfolio. Especially for juniors who plan to apply for SJOY. So You Want to Write a Screenplay, Focus on Photography, Talk Shop With the National Yearbook Adviser of the Year and Share a Tape all continue/repeat from 2 p.m. Descriptions, page 22.
Top Student Journalists FSPA names Student Journalist of the Year award in honor of slain journalist
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.
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.
Rachel Jervis Wise Anna Beatty
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Zephyrhills High School
Pine View School
Senior Aiste Zalepuga is in her second year as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Gauntlet, the Upper School newspaper of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton. She has previously served as Features editor, reporter and designer. This year, she has played a pivotal role in evolving the school newspaper from its original print form to its current place online, at www.ssesgauntlet.org. Aiste’s journalistic prowess has led her to make connections with diplomats and policy makers, all for the sake of her passion for her own Lithuanian culture. Many of these interviews are published on www.HistoryHeard.com. As a high school junior, she was invited to give a lecture about her work in Lithuania at the Baltic Studies Summer Institute, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aiste was also selected last summer to represent the state of Florida at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Conference in Washington, D.C. Aiste is captain of Columbia Model UN, Honor Council senior leader, National Honor Society president and Cum Laude Society member. Outside of school, she enjoys playing piano and is currently training for her teacher’s yoga license.
Rachel Jervis Wise, Zephyrhills H igh S chool Valedic torian, completed a rigorous curriculum of AP and Dual Enrollment. Currently President of the Florida 4-H State Council, representing 230,000+ youth, Wise chaired the Florida 4-H Mock Legislature and co-chaired 4-H Day at the Capitol. She serves on the National 4-H Operations Team and has co-chaired the Youth Development Advisory Council, an IFAS Extension-sponsored advisory. Wise has logged 1,700 volunteer hours during high school, many related to bullying prevention. She published an anti-bullying book for preteens, Kachina and the Bully, and contributed a chapter to the book, Girls Guide to Achieving in the Arts. Wise has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Paw Print, school newspaper for two years. She also authors a newspaper column for the Zephyrhills News. She has won regional, state and national awards in public speaking through 4-H, VFW and Farm Bureau, and placed as national speech finalist at the International Livestock Competition in Louisville for two years. An avid tennis player and equestrian, Wise regards teamwork and collaboration as fundamental life skills. She will attend UF as a Lombardi Scholar.
Anna Beatty is a senior at Pine View School in Osprey. She edits her school’s online publication, PineViewTorch.com, and writes for the printed newspapers The Torch and The Match. Ever since her freshman year, she has loved the thrill of reporting: from the careful dance of the interview, to the excitement of discovery, to the final story that puts the puzzle pieces together. It’s safe to say that at any one time, Anna is thinking about Torch in the back of her mind – whether she is wondering how to report on a difficult story, or what she will post tonight on PineViewTorch.com. She is grateful to the staff of The Torch and to her predecessors on Web for their hard work in making PineViewTorch.com happen, and is proud to leave Pine View with a vibrant online newspaper. Anna’s quirks include a penchant for purple hats, a love of poetry, and a good dose of scientific and mathematical curiosity. For now, she has too many interests to choose a career, and her future is wide open, but journalism will probably be there somehow. She will be attending Smith College next fall, where she plans to do chemistry experiments, write poetry and report for the Smith Sophian.
Emerging Young Journalist Award FSPA and the Tampa Bay Times Fund will present the sixth Emerging Young Journalist Award at the Opening Session on Thursday, May 3. The award honors a freshman or sophomore whose work demonstrates a bright future in scholastic and, perhaps, professional journalism. The winner receives $100 toward registration and travel costs for journalism conventions or workshops, plus free registration at the 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:
Emily Manning, Palm Harbor University High School, The Eye newspaper Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High School, Hilsborean yearbook Jessica Whitacre, Oviedo High School, Lions Tale newspaper Roxanne Zech, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, The Courier newspaper 24
Teachers of the Year
D1. Lori Weickert Lori Weickert, the Teacher of the Year for District 1, walked into the yearbook program with little material to work with and little knowledge of what being an adviser entails. But she learned quickly and quickly brought the program to a much higher level. Weickert’s organizational and management skills and her professionalism have rubbed off on her staffs. She enjoys the support of her students, their parents and the school administration because she has helped her staff produce some of the best her school has ever produced. While recruiting students, she doesn’t focus on GPA; she looks at “the integrity and work ethic of the students.” Her staffs have benefitted by having students of varying backgrounds and abilities, and Weickert has set up a situation where each and every student can have instant successes.
D2. Julie Mancini Take a professional photography and journalism work experience and add it to a strong desire to teach and you see why District 2’s Teacher of the Year, Julie Mancini, is a truly effective adviser. Because of her varied background, Mancini wants her students to understand the “change is the only constant” in journalism. She teaches them as many skills as possible. Students are both photographers and writers, and because of this emphasis, the program has grown in stature, quality and diversity. In addition to their work in school, students partner with the local weekly newspaper and learn how they are truly a part of the community. Jeff Bryan, the editor of this local paper, says, “Her students thirst for new challenges and she pushes them to limits not even I would have imagined during the early years in my journalistic career.” Manicini’s students have over 200 bylines in the community press and hundreds more in their school publications.
D3. Mark Schledorn Mark Schledorn, District 3’s Teacher of the Year, says his greatest joy is “watching my students wake up to the larger world around them.” Schledorn has done this by constantly improving journalism in his school – taking it from a middleschool-type focus into a sound program that produces quality publications. After many years of advising print publications, Schledorn knew that
the next step had to be implementing an online presence. This led to 18 months of research, meetings and focus groups with district officials, but finally The Roar student newspaper was granted permission to pilot an online publication for Brevard Public Schools. This has paved the way for other online publications in his district, and now Schledorn’s newsmagazine, website and yearbook have converged their photography and are planning to merge under one editor in chief next year. Schledorn sees himself as a coach whose vision for his students is they “reflect the professional world as closely as possible,” and this vision is evident in his school’s publications.
D4. Heather Hanks District 4’s TOY, Heather Hanks, is also Bloomingdale High School Teacher of the Year and a JEA Rising Star for 2012. Hanks is finishing her 6th year as a yearbook adviser, and her students have won numerous awards at the state and national levels. The yearbook program has grown because of Hanks’ emphasis on photography and photojournalism education. She expects the students to become the leaders, saying, “Our student publication is that: a student publication. I’ve changed the structure of the leadership of the staff to be able to assume responsibility for all content and editing.” Hanks sees the insecurity of journalism programs legally as a major challenge faced by all advisers. “Only with clear cut legislation or well-defined school board support for student journalistic freedoms will students be able to have authentic experiences in new media, that we a journalism educations should be providing,” Hanks says.
D5. Stephanie Kelly Stephanie Kelly, District 5’s Teacher of the Year, exemplifies the type of adviser who is the foundation of a strong journalism program. She sees herself as a motivator, cheerleader, and confidante. Upon coming to Fort Myers High School, Kelly gave the yearbook program “an extreme makeover – basically revamped everything.” She taught her students how to promote the yearbook, to take responsibility for their own actions, to write captions and copy, to take good pictures, and to design a good layout. Upon seeing the lack of diversity in the yearbook, Kelly has reached out to students of all cultures and groups, ensuring better and more diverse representation of all types
of students. According to Assistant Principal Trent Eckhardt, “[Kelly’s] expectations of the yearbook staff are constantly pushing them to do the very best they can.” Kelly teaches her students that “communication is the secret to life,” because of this, her students are experiencing the camaraderie of a staff that works hard to produce a quality publication.
D6. Nancy Ozon “It is truly an honor to receive this year’s nomination for Teacher of the Year in Television Production/Journalism for District 6.,” notes Ozon, a mass communications graduate of Florida International University whose goal was to become an anchor at any of the big networks. Her career started with the global Spanish network, Univision. After working at Univision for 3 years, she decided on a more flexible schedule and began her career in teaching. “I absolutely love being the Advisor for Ferguson’s Broadcasting Network at John A. Ferguson Senior High School in Miami. One of the best feelings in the world, Ozon says, is to see my students transform from clueless teenagers into mature professionals ready for a career in Journalism.
D7. Steven Jay Thor Steven Jay Thor, District 7’s Teacher of the Year, has been in journalism and teaching since 1968, and FSPA has been lucky enough to have him as an active member for 32 of these years. He has served as District Director, President and contest coordinator. He instituted such traditions as state Journalism Week and improved the way FSPA awards the Journalism Student of the Year award, he was very involved in other state programs such as teacher journalism certification, curriculum and honors credit for students in higher level journalism. A champion of students’ press rights, Thor doesn’t hesitate to encourage students to cover all news, not just what the administration considers acceptable. He has earned the respect of all with whom he works – administrators, supervisors, colleagues and students. His principal says that Thor is someone who makes the world a better place. In the words of his student, Thor is a “mentor, a role model but most importantly a friend.” All this is because Thor says that his greatest enjoyment is seeing the smiles on the faces of his students when the newspaper and yearbook come out.
A. Alex Hogan Student Chairwoman Alex Hogan is currently a senior at American Heritage high school in Plantation Florida. B e fo re b e co m i n g t h e F S PA s t u d e n t chairwoman, Alex was elected as the District 7 student representative in 2010. Along with being the studio manager and head anchor for the live school morning show, WAHS News; Alex also writes articles for DRW, a public news magazine. Planning to pursue a career in broadcast journalism in hopes of becoming an international correspondent for a major news network, Alex will begin college at Penn State University in the fall.
of persuing a career in the near future as a criminal defense attorney.
C. Allie Davison Student Co-Chair Allie Davison is currently a senior at Wharton High in Tampa. She is the Sports Editor of her school’s national recognized paper, Predator. Allie is also a Student Editor for the Tampa Bay Times weekly publication, tb-two* and is a Times sports correspondent as well. With hopes and dreams of becoming the NHL beat writer for Sporting News, Allie will begin her next step studying journalism this fall at Auburn University.
B. Bianca Taraschi
1. James McAndrew
District 1 Representative
As one of your student co-chairs, Bianca Taraschi is a senior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in Melbourne. As well as being co-editor in chief of her yearbook, Bianca is Student Body President, Key Club President and a member of Senior Beta and NEHS. Bianca has enjoyed being a part of the FSPA student board as well as District 3 for the past 2 years. In the summer, Bianca will be attending FAU in Boca Raton in hopes
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student representative. She discovered her love of writing and journalism while being a part of the award-winning high school publication, the Predator. Miranda found her niche in feature-writing, particularly due to her passion for creativity and working with people. She is currently a junior attending Wharton High School and continues to shine as Feature Editor. Miranda’s dedication has also led her to the high honor of attaining an All-Florida award for feature-writing. In addition to writing for her high school newspaper, Miranda writes for the Tampa Bay Times’ high school publication, tb-Two*.
5. Thomas Reese District 5 Representative
James McAndrew, the District 1 student representative, is currently a junior at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach. He is a sports reporter for the Smoke Signals newspaper, and the soon to be editor of the newspaper. James plans on attending college in Alabama, either at the University of Alabama or at Samford University. James has hopes to pursue a career in a journalism field but is currently undecided.
Thomas Reese is currently a junior at Braden River High School of Manatee County in District 5. He has been chosen to be the EditorIn-Chief of the Spyglass, the school newspaper, for his senior year. During his freshman year he had no idea that he would end up in journalism and he had no intentions to stay in the course. After finding a talent for writing, he has decided to stick with it and grow into a journalist. He enjoys covering controversy and usually writes editorials for the newspaper. He plans to attend USF or another local university.
3. Millie Rosasco
7. Adar Livni
District 3 Representative
District 7 Representative
Millie Rosasco, the District 3 rep, is currently a junior at West Shore Jr/Sr High School in Melbourne. As a staff writer of her school newspaper, The Roar, she enjoys voicing her opinion through editorials and covering breaking news at her school and in her community. This summer, Millie plans to attend a journalism internship at University of Pennsylvania. After high school, she plans to major in journalism at New York University and someday work for the New York Times.
Adar Livni is currently a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She is the current co-feature editor of The Courier newspaper and is the District 7 representative. Adar’s favorite part about newspaper is interviewing people. She enjoys talking to people that she has never met before and asking their opinion about certain issues. In the future Adar hopes to do some freelance writing for magazines like National Geographic and writing stories from all around the world. Adar would love to give a shout-out to the staff of The Courier and all of District 7.
4. Marlene Miranda District 4 Representative Marlene Miranda is the current District 4
1. Alisha Kinman Alisha Kinman is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in public relations with a minor in communication studies. Throughout her college careers, she has worked for local organizations including the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, the Hippodrome Theatre, Cinema Verde, the Gainesville Jewish Film Festival and the New York Times News Service. Additionally, last summer, she moved to NYC and interned at Terry Hines & Associates, a firm that specializes in the film publicity. A graduate of District 2, this is her second year and second convention working as part of the FSPA office staff. Long live student journalism!
High Schoolâ€™s The Chariot newspaper. This is her seventh FSPA convention.
4. Natalie Fischer Natalie Fischer is a first-year journalism student at the University of Florida. She is involved in the Society of Professional Journalists at UF and loves both writing and layout. This is her first year as an intern for FSPA. However, she was involved in FSPA for three years through her high school newspaper, The Lynx. Throughout high school, she competed in the district and state competitions. FSPA was one of the best experiences she had in high school.
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2. David Argov David Argov is a third-year advertising major at the University of Florida -- Go Gators! He has minors in both history and art history but loves nothing more than traveling and hanging with his fspAMILY. David participated in FSPA for two years in high school -- go Trojans! -- and heâ€™s excited to be on the other side of things.
3. Mara Rudolph Mara Rudolph is a journalism senior at the University of Florida. Following graduation, she has accepted an offer to work with the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports publicity team. She is a proud former editor-in-chief of JP Taravella
Ravika Rameshwar is a third-year journalism major at the University of Florida. She became involved in the field of journalism in high school, where she worked on her high school newspaper staff for four years. At The Chronicle of Coral Springs High School, she served as Double Truck Editor for a year and then Editor-in-Chief for two years. She is currently the Treasurer of the Journalism and Communication Ambassadors. This convention will be the sixth FSPA State Convention she has attended.
6. Sam Schwab Samantha Schwab was part of the Coral Springs High
Schoolâ€™s Chronicle for three years. She held the position of editor-in-chief for two years. The UF freshman attended the James Ansin/Peace Sullivan High School Journalism and New Media Workshop at the University of Miami and worked as an editor on staff of Teenlink. I have attended district convention for three years and state convention for one.
7. Justin Galicz Justin Galicz is a sophomore advertising major at the University of Florida. He has been interested in journalism since his freshman year of high school when he joined J.W. Mitchellâ€™s yearbook, The Stampede. He was Editor-in-Chief his senior year when his book was awarded a Gold Crown and a Pacemaker.
8. Marley Jackman Marley Jackman is a junior at the University of Florida and the Office Manager at FSPA. She became involved with FSPA in high school where she was the editor in chief for The Red & Black at Hillsborough High School. Go Big Red! She is currently studying advertising with an outside concentration in sports management and event management. This is her sixth year attending convention and her third as an FSPA staff member.
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A. Joe Humphrey President Joe Humphrey, MJE, is president of the Florida Scholastic Press Association. He advises The Red & Black newspaper, Hilsborean yearbook and RBTV broadcast at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. The former newspaper reporter is a frequent guest speaker at workshops and conferences throughout the country, including the University of Florida’s Summer Journalism Institute and the summer workshops at Ball State University in beautiful Muncie, Ind. Humphrey serves on the Journalism Education Association’s Certification Commission. An Orlando native, Humphrey graduated from Dr. Phillips High School located about three minutes from the convention hotel. He and his wife, Miriam, are the proud parents of future Baseball Hall of Famer Andrew, 4.
D. Jane Robbins Evaluations Coordinator After retiring from 35 years of teaching and 24 years of advising in Tampa at East Bay, Jefferson and Sickles High Schools, Jane Robbins moved back home to Gainesville (no, not into her family’s house) and became FSPA’s evaluation services coordinator in 2006. This job has been quite a fulfilling experience keeping her involved in high school journalism yet allowing her to throw away her alarm clock. Before taking on the evaluations program, Jane was in charge of FSPA’s Teacher of the Year program and received FSPA’s highest accolade, the Gold Medallion, and Lifetime Achievement.
1. Hilary Sintes B. Wayne Garcia
District 1 Director
Hilary Sintes currently teaches TV Production 1-4 at Choctawhatchee High School and ITV and Graphic Arts and Design at 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 fifth year as a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association and her first year as a District Board Member.
Wayne Garcia is an award-winning political journalist and educator, working in Florida newspapers, colleges and campaigns for 25 years. As a journalist, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun daily newspapers. During his tenure as the political editor for the alt-weekly Creative Loafing, Garcia won a number of Sunshine State Awards for his writing and his well known blog, The Political Whore. He was the 2009 recipient of the Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award from the Pinellas Chapter of the ACLU. He teaches journalism at the University of South Florida in Tampa, having completed a year as a visiting professor at the University of Florida’s award-winning journalism school in 2009-2010. He also serves as the executive director of the Florida Scholastic Press Association. A native of Scotch Plains, N.J., who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Garcia is a Florida Gator but received his master’s degree from USF St. Petersburg. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Laura, who is chairwoman of the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. He has two sons, a junior at UF and a teenager who plays the bass drum in the Plant High School Marching Panther Band.
C. Jill Maassen Past President/Hotel Liaison Hotel Liaison Jill Maassen has served FSPA in various capacities as president, vice president, site selection chair, constitutional revisions chair and awards and honors chair. She advises DeSoto High School’s newspaper Bulldog’s Bark and the magazine Pedigree as well as teaching journalism and English and is the language arts department chair. A recipient of the prestigious Gold Medallion, she’s also been honored as Morty Schaap Teacher of the Year. She is an FSPA Silver and Gold key recipient.
2. Julie Mancini District 2 Acting Director Julie Mancini, acting director of District 2, is also that district’s teacher of the year. See bio on page 25.
3. Brit Taylor District 3 Director Brit Taylor is FSPA’s District 3 Director 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 18 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 a Silver Crown. Brit and his wife, Maureen, have three children, Emma, Maggie and Wynn.
4. Chris Munoz District 4 Director Chris Munoz: “Journalism has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. Growing up, my father was
employed by the Tampa Tribune for over 25 years. My senior year in high school I was the Editor-in-chief of the Chamberlain High School Chieftain. I have advised the newspaper (Scepter) and/or yearbook (Clarion) for ten of my 22 years teaching at King High School. I also sponsor Quill and Scroll and the Photography and Design Club. I believe that participation in high school journalism creates thinkers, leaders and visual artists, and nurtures a passion for free speech.”
5. Jillian Bieber District 5 Director Jillian Bieber is a Social Studies and Journalism teacher at Braden River High School, Bradenton. She is the adviser for the school newspaper Spyglass. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Arts and Communication Academy Co-Lead at her school. A native of the United Kingdom, Jillian has been teaching in Florida for 12 years and she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from USF. Prior to teaching, Jillian was an in-charge flight attendant for a major British Airline, enabling her to travel and explore most countries of the world.
6. Claudia Solis District 6 Director Claudia Solis, District 6 co-Director, has been a newspaper and yearbook adviser for 12 years at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami-Dade County, her alma mater. Solis is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches journalism and English. She advises The Braddock Times, newspaper and website and Entheos, yearbook. Her love affair with words and design started in high school when she was accidentally placed in a newspaper class. She quickly became obsessed with captions, word counts, columns and everything else media related. Solis previously worked at The Miami Herald and The Kendall Gazette covering community news in Kendall, South Miami and Miami Beach. She also worked in public relations and marketing, before her final destination: public school education.
7. Melissa Falkowski District 7 Director Melissa Falkowski advises the Aerie yearbook staff, the Artifex literary magazine staff and the MSD Eagle’s Landing staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She has been a yearbook adviser for seven years, a literary magazine adviser for five years and an online publication adviser for one year. She is a former yearbook student journalist. For the last five years the Aerie yearbook has been rated All-American by NSPA, All-Florida by FSPA and a Gold Medalist with All-Columbian Honors by CSPA. The 2010 Artifex Literary Magazine received a Silver Crown Award.
Speaker Bios Paul Baker is a vice president with more than 36 years at Lifetouch Yearbooks and Photography (formerly Prestige Portraits/Bryn-Alan Studio). He has been a speaker for over 30 years at numerous conventions with FSPA at state and district levels. He has directed a multitude of photo workshops and has been an adult photo instructor in the Pinellas County School system. He holds a master of photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America and the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence from the Florida Professional Photographers. He is the recipient of the Florida Service Award from Florida Professional Photographers in addition to having been awarded life membership. He is past president of the Florida Professional Photographers and is the recipient of the National Award from the Professional Photographers of America. He was awarded the Gold Medallion from FSPA in 2006.
School, for the past three years, which is a publication that she established. She also works part-time in her growing freelance photography business, ExArte Photography. Bloomingdale j members include Oscar Brooks, art director of the Minotaur yearbook. He has won two CSPA Gold Circle and All-Florida awards for graphic design. He is one of the four charter members of j in Florida. Megan Heath is an editor of the Minotaur yearbook at Bloomingdale High School. She has won honors from SIPA for sports coverage. She is one of the four charter members of j in Florida. Matthew Yeatts is the editor-in-chief of the 2013 Minotaur yearbook at Bloomingdale High School. He was a 2011 finalist for the FSPA Emerging Young Journalist Award. He has won awards from FSPA and NSPA for editorial writing, FSPA All-Floridian for yearbook alternative copy and a CSPA Gold Circle for feature presentation. He is one of the four charter members of j in Florida.
Barbara live in St. Petersburg with their four children, a dog a cat, and a house they lovingly call “the Money Pit.”
Lucius Baston, co-founder of 3rd Herd Films, is currently making incredible strides in both TV and film. Baston rocks as Deshaun “Midget” Hackett in Bad Lieutenant: Port of call New Orleans, starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes. Plus, in 2010 Lucius starred opposite Julia Ormond in Lifetime Movie Network’s “The Wronged Man.”
Jane Blystone, Ph. D., director of the Master of Science in Secondary Education: Pedagogy and Practice, has 34 years of middle and secondary level teaching experience. She is a nationally certified master journalism educator and holds PA K-12 principal certification. She sits as a publicly elected school board member in the North East School District and serves as a reading and writing consultant to IU#5 and is a PDE SAS portal trainer. As a nationally elected member of the Journalism Education Association board of directors, she serves as the Region #7 Director, working with state directors in the New England States and New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to promote quality journalism education at both secondary and collegiate levels. She is past president of PA School Press Association and was honored recently by PSPA with the naming of their state Student Journalist of the Year scholarship in her name.
Lisa Dowling has been a successful English and Yearbook teacher for the last 19 years. She recently joined Leonard’s Studios as their Educational Technology Specialist, specializing in support for high school yearbook accounts. She has advised 17 middle and high school yearbooks over the last 20 years. Her knowledge in the areas of curriculum and staff development make her an asset to Leonard’s.
Eric Bean is a self-taught screenwriter, studying the great teachers of our time like Dave Trottier, Michael Hauge and Pilar Alessandra. He has been writing for film and television for the past ten years. As an Indiana native Eric moved to the Tampa Bay area five years ago. During this time he has tirelessly networked with area film professionals to pursue his career. He has written two original scripts, co-written two adaptations, three teleplays (one of which has been filmed in St. Petersburg), five feature film scripts and is co-producing two television series. He has lectured at both USF and UT and during his spare time he helps other writers learn screenwriting and moderates a screenwriters group in Safety Harbor. Anna Beatty is a finalist for Florida High School Journalist of the Year. Bio, page 24. Colleen Bennett is in her fourth year advising scholastic publications. Currently, she is teaching at Oak Ridge High School. In her previous stint as adviser at Citrus High School, the publications staff won four Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle awards, three Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists 2010 Yearbook Excellence awards, two best of show and two honorable mention Southern Interscholastic Press Association awards and numerous FSPA awards. The 2010 yearbook was also given a Gold Medalist rating by CSPA. Bennett was a nominee for the 2011 FSPA Morty Schapp Journalism Teacher of the Year. Bennett will be speaking with former editor-in-chief Tori Michael, who now assists her at Oak Ridge High School. Phil Berman is the 11 p.m. producer at CBS News in Miami. Throughout his ten-year career, Phil has worked for news stations in Tampa, Sarasota, Tulsa, and Greenville, MS. He says the best part of his job is the constant learning and education, and the ability to take someone’s story and share it with the masses. Phil has received numerous awards for his work, including three Emmy nominations. In fact, he’s known as the Susan Lucci of the Heartland Emmy Chapter. Phil has spoken at four previous FSPA conventions. Camile Betances attended the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree from Florida International University in Curriculum and Instruction in English. Betances has been the adviser for Catharsis, the literary and art magazine of Coral Gables Senior High
Renee Burke, NBCT, MJE, is a yearbook and newspaper adviser at William R. Boone HS, in Orlando. Renee is the 2012 OCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 FSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a 2011 Gold Key recipient from CSPA. This is her 15th and 16th year advising the publications, respectively. She also teaches national yearbook workshops and coordinates Camp Orlando. Both publications have earned CSPA Crown awards and been a NSPA Pacemaker Finalist; the 2011 yearbook earned a Gold Crown and a Pacemaker. Meredith Cochie started her career in journalism as a reporter and editor in 1999. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in 2006 and 2008. She has industry experience in magazines, newspapers, online, public relations and crisis communications. She has been teaching college-level journalism for five years. Eric Deggans serves as TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times. He also provides freelance commentaries on television for National Public Radio and writes on sports media issues for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. His first book, Race Baiter, which takes a look at race issues and modern media, will be published by Palgrave/Macmillan in October 2012. From 2004 to 2005, he sat on the newspaper’s editorial board and wrote bylined opinion columns. From 1997 to 2004, he worked as TV critic for the Times, crafting reviews, news stories and long-range trend pieces on the state of the media industry both locally and nationally. A Times employee since November 1995, he originally joined the paper as music critic; he has also worked at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Press newspapers in Pennsylvania. Now serving as chair of the Media Monitoring Committee for the National Association of Black Journalists, he has also served on the board of directors for the national Television Critics Association and on the board of the MidFlorida Society of Professional Journalists. Eric and his wife
Todd DeNoyer has been around multi-media and yearbooks for over 10 years. He is a former teacher in Volusia county where he taught TV Production. He is a serial entrepreneur having started 5 different businesses. He is able to share his real life experiences in marketing and design, and is able to motivate your group to do their best. With five years of experience in the fields of Web Design and Development, Graphic Design, and Print Design, Nicole Dominguez has successfully freelanced for the past four years. This led her to work and interact with a wide array of clients, as well as Tech startups in NYC. Featured in newspapers and blogs, learning and working hard - her career has been able to grow exceptionally.
Handel Eugene is a college student who specializes in video editing. Handel previously attended Hillsborough High School, where he served as executive producer of Terrier TV. It was there where he made a name for himself by doing amazing work in sports highlights for his school. Handel is willing to share his knowledge and experience, as well as offer his advice to students who are interested in video editing, filming and design. In Handel’s fun and in-depth session you will learn the ins & outs of how to get it done and do it well. Melissa Falkowski is the District 7 director for the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Bio, page 28. Tracy de la Feuilliez’s drive to make yearbooks her life’s ambition started early. As Editor-in-Chief of her high school, Tracy felt yearbooks were her life. She studied Journalism and Communications at the University of Central Florida and loves being a Herff Jones representative in Central and North Florida. Mike Foley, a veteran journalist and teacher, is our Friday night banquet speaker. Bio, page 5. Michelle Frakes is a former high school English teacher and yearbook adviser who has spent the last 10 years working as a Herff Jones yearbook representative, with more than 150 different schools in North Florida/South Georgia. As the 2000 Jacksonville Jaguars Toni Boselli Teacher of the Year winner, she has remained committed to placing education at the forefront with her yearbook staffs. Michelle is especially passionate about finding way to make the most boring topics both interesting and fun for high school studentsj. Kelly Furnas, CJE, is executive director of the national Journalism Education Association, as well as an assistant professor at Kansas State University and associate director of Student Publications Inc. Prior to arriving at K-State, he was the student media adviser at Virginia Tech. He has also worked at newspapers in Las Vegas and Tallahassee. Wayne Garcia is executive director of the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Bio, page 28. Dr. Richard F. Gaspar is a professor of Journalism at Hillsborough Community College. He also advises The Hawkeye newspaper and the Triad and Galeria
Speaker Bios magazines. In 2011, he was honored as CMA’s 2011 2-Year Distinguished Magazine Adviser. Kim Green is a Journalism Education Association certified Master Journalism Educator who advises Log yearbook and The Triangle newsmagazine at Columbus (Ind.) North High School. Her staffs’ publications have earned NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Gold Crowns as well as numerous state and regional honors. Green is the 2011 JEA National Yearbook Adviser of the Year and serves on the JEA Board of Directors as Certification Commission Chair. Christie Gold taught print journalism for 18 years. She was the 2002 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year, the 2003 Florida Journalism Teacher of the Year and was twice a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser. In 2010, she accepted a position as a teacher evaluator with the school district of Hillsborough County. She also publishes Florida Sporthorse Magazine, a quarterly publication covering the state’s $6.5 billion equine industry. Richard A. Hackney started his career in the newspaper business at the age of 14, delivering his hometown newspaper every afternoon. This led to a series of jobs at the local paper during his high school and college years. After graduating from Penn State with a BS Degree in Business Education, he returned to the paper working in circulation as a District Sales Manager and, within 5 years, became the Business Manager and, later, the company Treasurer. In 1983 he moved from Uniontown, PA. to Moorestown, NJ. where he assumed the role of Controller, Burlington County Times. In March of 1985, he accepted the position as Publisher of the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, FL. In 1990, he became the Business Manager of the Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, FL. and, over the past 20 years, has worked in a number of roles for Sun Coast Media Group, owners of The Sun. He is currently President of Sun Coast Press, the Commercial Printing Division of Sun Coast Media Group, Inc. Hackney continued his education, earning his EMBA from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2001. He has a passion for newspapers and strongly believes that the printed word is here to stay! Charles Harris is Director of the Knight Division for Scholarships, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs at UF’s College of Journalism. His job includes awarding scholarship to students, (including freshmen), assisting students with their internship and job searches and working with underrepresented students and summer programs for high school students.
pictures. He spent his four years at The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications studying how to change the way we tell stories through photos and video. During his time at UF, he interned for The Miami Herald covering the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill producing video features and photo galleries daily for two months. In addition to his news experience, Johnson has been working with ESPN, NCAA and Sports Illustrated covering everything from National Championships to the Kentucky Derby. His work has been featured nationally in The New York Times and internationally through the European PressPhoto Agency. Johnson has taught multimedia workshops all over the Southeastern United States and in Italy for various journalism organizations and The University of Florida. He now works full time as a Senior Producer for The University of Florida, producing online documentaries on all things Florida in addition to running his own multimedia company. This summer, Johnson will be spending 10 days in London covering 2012 Olympic Games highlighting the many Gators competing and performing (Gator Band) throughout London. Julie Kasper spent 17 years as a journalism teacher, worked in marketing at a South Florida radio station and became a Yearbook representative 5 years ago. Kasper enjoys writing and photography. She is a nationally Board Certified Teacher. Stephen Komives is the Executive Director of the SND. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and worked as an editor and visual director at four newspapers over a 20-year period. He assumed the leadership role of the 1,000-plus member SND in 2009 and has instituted new initiatives in the 33-yearold organization’s training and online programs while furthering its international mission, especially in China. Clare Lennon is a 20-year-old journalism senior from Tampa. She was serve as Editor in Chief of The Independent Florida Alligator, the nation’s largest student-run newspaper. She is an FSPA veteran who enjoys ranting, horse-sized dogs and guacamole. She once wrote a college essay about a pineapple ... and got in! Sarah Lerner is in her 10th year of teaching and 5th year of advising publications. She teaches English 2 Honors, Journalism 1, and Newspaper (Journalism 2-4 Honors). Lerner advises both the newspaper and literary magazine, supports the gifted students at her school and coordinates the school’s literary fair/competitions. She has won numerous writing awards as well as awards for the publications she advises.
Andrew Martin Hogsten is a self-taught screenwriter studying the great teachers of our time like Dave Trottier, Michael Hauge, John August and Pilar Alessandra. He has been writing for film, television and multimedia for the past two years. His short film “Round Six” was an official selection of Creative Loafing’s Reel Terror Film Festival in 2011.
Veronika Levine has been a yearbook representative for Walsworth Publishing for 12 years in South Florida. She specializes in personalized one-on-one service and making the most creative book possible for every school.
Ernest Hooper is a columnist and editor for the Tampa Bay Times and a frequent guest at FSPA district meetings and conventions. The Tallahassee native relishes the chance to talk to students because he still values the advice he received when he attended the FSPA state convention as a high school student.
Danielle Lindblom, a former high school yearbook adviser, has been a Herff Jones representative for nearly 13 years. She earned a bachelors degree in creative writing from Florida State University and a masters degree in education from C.W. Post in New York. Lindblom works with The Morris Pate Group in the Tampa-Lakelands area.
Erin Jester is a 22-year-old journalism senior from Miami and mangaing editor of The Independent Florida Alligator. She enjoys telling at television news anchors from the comfort of her living room.
Ash McDaniel is a Production Associate for The Golf Channel -- her first job after graduating from The George Washington University. She worked as a sports writer for the Associated Press for two years and has interned for ESPN, The Washington Post and the Miami Herald.
Since taking his first job in newspapers at 17, Steve Johnson has spent his entire adult life telling stories. Quickly after starting at The Orlando Sentinel, Johnson realized there was much more to telling a story than through
Morgan Miltner has been teaching Yearbook and TV Production for three years at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, Florida. The 2011 edition of the Centaur was
featured in the Herff Jones Ideas That Fly. Jeff Moffitt is Balfour’s Key Account/Education Manager. Prior to joining Balfour, Jeff advised The Oracle newspaper and The Torch yearbook at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. He is a National Board Certified teacher in Career and Technical Education and is a Master Journalism Educator. The publications he advised won multiple state and national awards. He was Olympia High School’s Teacher of The Year in 2007. The Journalism Education Association honored him as A Special Recognition Adviser in 2010 and he was a Rising Star in 2006. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has been working with yearbooks since the seventh grade. Paul Owens is a native of Baltimore, Md. and the third generation in his family to write newspaper editorials. Owens is a master’s graduate in communication from Stanford. He has been working in newspapers since 1990. His previous newspaper employers include the Morning Journal of Martinsburg, W.Va., the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and the Associated Press. Before journalism, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Jacob Palenske is the President of NCompass Media, a Dallas-based converged media company. He is a featured speaker at scholastic journalism conventions and workshops across the nation and in Europe, and works as a digital and traditional media, branding, marketing and communication consultant. Andrea Pearlman is the senior designer and project manager at Hughes and Butterworth Advertising, where she has spent the last nine years of her professional career. Among her primary duties, Andrea is responsible for designing websites as well as coordinating and producing marketing materials including logos, brochures and related print media. Andrea is proficient with all Adobe Creative programs including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Andrea also has experience with newspaper design, having worked as a copy editor/page designer. Andrea studied graphic design and visual communications at Santa Fe College, where she graduated in 2003. When she’s not at her desk Andrea hangs out at home with her daughter, husband and dachshund. Contact Andrea if you have a big budget project or just want to talk about food, books, gardening or Zumba. Zack Peterson is a freshman journalism major at UF. Presently, he works as a sports intern for the Gainesville Sun. During high school he was an active member of The Red & Black (Hillsborough High School’s publication). Peterson was Editor in Chief of that newspaper his senior year and came in third place in FSPA’s Student Journalist of the Year contest in 2011. Tom Pierce is a former college adviser and part-time copy editor at two Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times and Orlando Sentinel. Alicia Pope and Deb Jepson advise the yearbook and newspaper at Oviedo High School. For years, teachers on the campus have mixed the two of them up. Jepson often has had to answer questions about when the yearbook is coming out and Pope has sold more than a few ads for newspaper. Both experienced advisers struggle with the day to day but produce award-winning publications. Kelsey Reddick was once an FSPA student attendee with Hillsborough High School in Tampa. She currently blogs at The Girl Talks (www.thegirltalks.com), a lifestyle blog covering topics from beauty and style to cooking and
Speaker Bios crafts. Along with former roommate, Reddick co-founded food blog What Tasty Food in 2010 (www.whattastyfood. com). Reddick recently graduated with a Master of Science in Marketing from Florida State University. Daniel Reimold, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Tampa, where he also advises the student newspaper. He is a college press scholar who maintains the student journalism industry blog College Media Matters (www.collegemediamatters.com) and the “Campus Beat” column for USA TODAY College. He is the author of “Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution” and the forthcoming text “Journalism of Ideas.” Jim Reppi, a University of Connecticut Fine Arts Major, started his career as a graphic designer for a national property management magazine. Reppi transitioned to the telecommunication industry where he used much of his design and marketing experience to start his own answering service business. During his time as an independent business owner, he was asked to be an assistant high school football coach; coaching lead to a full time opportunity teaching commercial art, journalism and yearbook. Shortly after and due to his vast experience, the Jostens yearbook division recruited him to be their local Tampa Bay area yearbook representative. “Working in the yearbook industry is the most rewarding career I’ve ever had, it’s a great feeling to know that I have an important role in helping yearbook advisers and their staff run a successful and profitable yearbook program,” he said. Jaclyn Rhoads is currently a Marketing Manager for the Florida Hospital system in Central Florida. Using an integrated channel marketing approach, her team is responsible for print, web, social media and all marketing communications support for the hospitals’ fitness centers, spas and other businesses. A former editor of J.P. Taravella High School’s award-winning Odyssey yearbook, Jaclyn has utilized her journalism skills throughout her college years as well as in the hospitality, financial and higher education industries. A graduate of The University of Florida’s College of Journalism, she holds a Masters of Advertising, B.S. in Journalism and is the recipient of the College’s John Paul Jones award for Excellence in Magazines. Les Rose loves his sons, friends, the Beatles ... and The Black Keys. And All Things Murrow. A CBS News LA Bureau photojournalist for 14 years, and at KCBS, NBC Miami (freelance), and WFLA and WTSP (Tampa stations) before that. A ‘75 grad of Melbourne High, ‘79 grad of USF ... and a ‘10 grad of UN Lincoln. Promises not to repeat any material all day. Out of the box? Come and see! Preston Rudie, a University of Wisconsin grad, has worked at 3 different television markets including WTSP-TV in Tampa/St. Pete since 2002. He has been fortunate to win 20 regional Emmy awards, 4 Edward R Murrow awards and be named a finalist for the National Reporter of the Year award by the National Press Photogrphers Association. Stephanie Schwindt taught television production to both middle and high school students for 13 years . She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, was awarded the Hillsborough County International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award and was honored by a local Wal-Mart as a teacher of the year. She is also an active community volunteer with the Junior League of Tampa. Since 2010, she has served as a New Teacher Mentor/ Evaluator for Hillsborough County Public Schools, a position funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex Shipman graduated from the University of Memphis in 2007 with a Political Science/Communications
undergraduate degree. He has been a campaign manager for a TN state representative, worked in Guest Relations at the Walt Disney World Resort, done marketing for the University of Memphis Alumni Association and overall is a huge digital enthusiast who loves to travel. Alex obtained his MBA in 2010 and is currently working as a Social/Digital Media Marketing Manager at The Walt Disney Company. Bill Simmons is a 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 photographer, salesman and studio operations manager. His expertise is in the operation of 35mm film and digital technology, 2 ¼ format cameras and 70mm Nord and Camerez. He also specializes in troubleshooting camera and lighting problems. Kira Slye is the Graphic Design & AP Art History teacher at West Broward High School in Broward County. Last year her students led a campaign to publish a digital magazine featuring student art and writing from throughout the year. This publication was dubbed The ‘Zine, and was published as an online flip-book using Issuu.com. This year, they stepped it up a notch, joined FSPA as a Literary Magazine, and will be self-publishing their magazine. Slye is a trained art educator with a background in marketing and retailgained because the fierce competition for careers in Art Education kept her from the classroom for 15 years. Little did she know that her work experiences would lead to a job in Graphic Design using computers- which she never learned in college! Dean Stewart has been taking photographs for yearbooks since 1972 when he started as his school’s yearbook student photographer. In the nearly 40 years since then, he has worked with many different cameras photographing school activities. Dean enjoys sharing the things he has learned with students of all ages. Jim Streisel is the adviser of the Carmel (IN) High School HiLite newspaper and its website, www.hilite. org. Streisel has written two journalism textbooks, High School Journalism: A Practical Guide and Scholastic Web Journalism: Connecting with Readers in a Digital World. He was named both the 2011 Carmel Clay Schools Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Indiana Journalism Adviser of the Year. Pam True Szaro has been yearbooking for more than 12 years. She has served both as an adviser who oversaw the creation of 9 yearbooks, and has been servicing award winning yearbooks in Palm Beach, Martin, Hendry, and Broward counties for more than 6 years. Her goals include guidance to help each school grow its yearbook program to a higher educational standard, to include more students, and sell more yearbooks. Scott A. Toner is a second-generation printer who grew up in a graphics family. After graduating, he worked for a commercial sheet-fed printer. There he learned how to assemble film, create layouts and prepare plates for press. Toner began his newspaper career in 1992 working for a family owned newspaper, Sun Coast Media Group, owners of Charlotte Sun. There he became the Prepress Manager and later Advertising Production Manager. Currently Toner is the Technical Relations Manager for Sun Coast Press. He frequently goes onsite to visit Sun Coast Press customers, advising them on ways to improve the quality of their publication, such as page design, toning of photos, and tips for color reproduction.
Mc Nelly Torres is co-founder and associate director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. She is also a board member for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors. Previously, Torres was a reporter for five daily newspapers, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the San Antonio Express-News and the Morning News in South Carolina. In addition, Torres was the stimulus team leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association. She has won several national and regional awards for her work. David Whitley is a national columnist at Sporting News. Before that he spent 25 years in the newspaper business, working for papers in Tallahassee, San Antonio, Tampa and Orlando. He has covered numerous Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, Final Fours and seen far more naked men in locker rooms than any human should be subjected to. Rick Wilber’s novelette, Something Real, appears in the April 2012 issue of Asimov’s magazine, offering a multiverse take on famous World War II spy and baseball player, Moe Berg. Rick is at work on a trilogy for Tor Books based on his long-running S’hudonni Empire stories in Asimov’s and elsewhere, starting with The Sweep, which should appear in late 2012 or early 2013. Among other recent works, Rick is the editor of the anthology, Future Media (Tachyon, 2011), which reprints notable fiction and non-fiction centered around the mass media and is intended for both popular and academic readers, and his novella, “Several Items of Interest,” appeared in Asimov’s in 2010 and was reprinted and voiced in The Year’s Top SF Short Novels (Audiotext, 2011). He is the author of two other novels, a memoir about baseball and caregiving, two collections, and some fifty mainstream and science-fiction and fantasy short stories in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. A thirty-four veteran of college teaching, he also writes college textbooks on writing and the mass media, and he is a journalism professor at the University of South Florida where he heads the magazine major. He is administrator and co-founder with Sheila Williams of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. Callie Williams has been advising the Golden Aerie yearbook at Astronaut High School for the past 9 years. It has become her passion and she is a complete yearbook nerd. She teaches English and Reading and is a wife and mommy. Her two beautiful daughters are 9 months and 2.5. Rachel Wise is a finalist for Florida High School Journalist of the Year. Bio, page 24. Joshua Yehl is a 24 year-old UCF graduate currently working as a Technical Writer for the US Military. When he attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL, he was an editor on the newspaper staff. Despite becoming a tech writer, Yehl maintained his love for journalism and applied it to his passion for comics. He blogged about comics, interviewed creators at conventions and wrote for a website for free, which eventually led to a paid freelance writing position for IGN.com, the most popular comics website on the Internet. Aiste Zalepuga is a finalist for Florida High School Journalist of the Year. Bio, page 24.
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