The District 7 Florida Scholastic Press Association invites all members to partake in many learning sessions. Below you will find a working list of the different sessions being offed. Please use this list as a planning tool when working with your staff in advance of the workshop. Official times and rooms will be listed online closer to the workshop date.
How to Make Some Cheddar with Some Vermont Extra-Sharp
Learn from Rachel Johnson on how to turn your passion into a career with the world of food blogging. Explore what makes a blog great versus readable and how any blog, not just ones with chocolate chip cookie recipes, can build your brand and possibly turn into cash.
Brand Yourself | Taking Notes from Tom Haverford
Luxury cars, cashmere snuggles, room service on the daily… you could “Treat yourself” everyday if you took a note on how to create your personal brand. Learn how to snag big deal internships by taking college and real life tips from someone just like you!
Project You | Make it Work
Personal projects are the best way to kickstart your future. Learn how to propose your passion and even find grants (AKA $erious Cash) for doing it! Say yes to this session led by not-quite-college-grad writing a cookbook on her own.
Everything you wanted to know about UF’s College of Journalism and Communications
A PowerPoint presentation that includes scholarship information, summer programs, majors offered and much more!
Public Relations that Ain’t Pretty
Rachael Joyner has slept on the floor of an Ethiopian clinic, photographed families in the earthquake-torn streets of Haiti and interviewed hungry children scavenging in a Nicaraguan landfill. But she is not a reporter. She works in public relations for an international charity. Learn if the grittier side of the presentation is for you.
When a Hamburger is reported as a Juicy Steak in Journalism | Puffing up a bad product in news happens more often than not
Meet the best PR person you’ll ever not know. Why puff speak, spin, propaganda and exaggeration are associated with a great career that offers parties, fun and celebrities. So is the Queen Latifah Show in your future? For over a million dollars would you tell your friends, parents, and neighbors that is is? Public relations is a terrific career, and trained journalist make the best PR Pros. They understand that there is a huge difference between telling people you’re selling a steak when it is really chopped liver. Publicist are a vital source of news and do tremendous good, but some may cross the lines between truthfulness and deceit. Learn why honesty really is the best policy no matter how much glamour and money is possible.
How to be a Kinder, Gentler & More Effective Editor
An editor doesn’t have to be a writers worst enemy. In fact, a good editor can be a writers best friend. This session will help editors develop stronger relationships with their writers, discuss effective communications strategies, and teach techniques for providing feedback that brings out the best in both writers and editors.
How to Get People to Tell You Stuff | Strategies in Interviewing
This session will teach students how to approach sources for interviews, ask pertinent questions and how to work through challenges faced in the interview process. A Q&A will enable students to tap into my years of experience interviewing everyone from ports-potty rental people to celebrities. Students also will role-play the interview process.