Yearbook Sessions

District 7  Yearbook  Sessions

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. 

Yearbook – There’s an app for that!

This session is for yearbook advisers and editors-in-chiefs only! Learn about the yearbook apps for web and cell phone use that will organize your staff and boost creativity. Make your yearbook relevant to the 21st century including mobile technology. A QR Code is so yesterday, take your yearbook to the next level with these new apps for publishing.

Yearbook Design Double Session | Advanced Sign-Up Required session capped at 25 students

Learn the basics of yearbook column design and designing with a grid. We’ll look at some amazing examples from yearbooks and magazines and then spend the next hour designing spreads for a competition. All students will take layouts home to share with their staff!

Please click here to register for the Yearbook Design Double Session | Session will be capped at 25 students

Hippest Yearbook Staff Around

Be the hippest yearbook staff around. Become an expert at leveraging smartphone technology to create your best yearbook experience yet. In this session you will learn how you can use your iPhone or Android based phone to deliver more coverage, capture great images, and sell more yearbooks all through apps.

Photo Shots | Sports

How to photograph sports candids and choose photographs based on good sense of photojournalism for your newspaper or yearbook.

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.

Interviewing 101

All the basics on how to conduct an interview. What you need, what to say, what to wear, what to write down. Go over tips, have group pair off to interview one another and write up a quick profile, the critique . This session is brought to you by Marisa Gottesam from the Sun-Sentinel.

Speed Dating | Getting to the Point-Captions & Cutlines

Interviewing skills are important when meeting that dream date and, the same skills are needed when writing that perfect caption. Come learn the keys to getting the needed information to write the best captions for your yearbook or newspaper. 


Creating successful yearbooks today takes a concerted focus on both content and business planning. In this course, attendees will learn how to market their books both inside and outside their schools, what fresh approaches to content today’s teenagers want, and how to package that content efficiently and effectively.

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.

Homicide – Forensic Artist

This session is being brought to you by Detective John McMahon from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. McMahon is known for his outstanding skills as a forensic artist. You have seen his work all over town on those “Most Wanted” posters. Chat with McMahon as he details the theory of artist renderings for crime scenes.