Dear Community Member, 

You are invited to be part of the annual District 7 Florida Scholastic Press Association Workshop on Saturday, November 4 at Nova Southeastern University, we hope you can join us. Last year over 1,000 students from schools in this area attended this one-day journalism/communications workshop. 

Our Mission...

Founded in 1946, the Florida Scholastic Press Association is comprised of more than 300 student publications, online media teams and broadcast programs throughout the state. The primary aim of this organization is to educate, train and support scholastic journalists and their advisers.

FSPA believes that the responsible exercise of freedom of expression involves adherence to the highest standards of journalism. Students and advisers have an obligation to learn and practice the legal and ethical responsibilities expected of journalists.

District 7 was established in the 1983. It includes the high schools and middle schools of Broward County, Palm Beach County and Martin County. The 2016 workshop at Nova Southeastern University will mark the 34th Annual District 7 Workshop.   

How can you help? Easy...

You can volunteer to be a speaker. There are four sessions (each 45 minutes in length) that students can attend. They can choose to attend sessions that either relate to their specific academic discipline, at their home school, or one that they find especially challenging. Students take courses in a wide-range of journalism topics, including reporting, writing, photography, design, broadcast, communications, etc. 

Students attending the workshop are beginning journalism, broadcast, literary magazine, newspaper and yearbook students. We’re looking for speakers to teach one or more sessions on any topic that relates to our students and their interest in journalism. This is an opportunity to display your latest methods, ideas, software, etc., which will help the students produce their publications and want to succeed in the varied fields available to them if they continue in their schools and study some form of journalism.

The theme for 2017 is “You are Here.”  If you choose, session topics can be built around the chosen theme. Speakers should provide at least one handout that the student can take home or back to their home school. 

You can also donate items for the workshop. If your company, for example, gives away pencils, pens, pads, hats or anything that a student would love, you can provide some of these items for them. We make up goodie bags for everyone and the kids really enjoy having something fun to take home with them at the end of the workshop.  We invite all our speakers to join our adviser luncheon and meet some of the greatest people, who are also volunteering part of their Saturday for the students.  

We hope you will choose to participate in our workshop, as it means a lot to our students to meet professionals and gain their advice and experience to take back to their publications. Please fill out the form below if you would like to be a speaker for our 2017 workshop. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Falkowski|melissa.falkowski@browardschools.com or  Sarah Lerner |sarah.lerner@browardschools.com


Sarah Lerner and Melissa Falkowski 

District 7 Co-Directors