On October 15th, District 6 came together to compete and learn “the Future of Communication” at FSPA’s district competition. Districts is a time for student journalists from all over Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to come together and share their love of journalism with each other. “Journalism day is a time where we bring together all of the middle and high schools in Dade and Monroe counties to give them an opportunity to attend workshops and panel discussions from experts in the field so they can learn more about what to take back to their own campuses and maybe improve their student media,” said Dean Emeritus of FIU, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver.
Districts also allows students to excel on the journalism platform by having them compete against each other in a series of competitions at districts. They offer “On the Spot” competitions where students have 4 hours to film and edit a news package on a selected topic. They also offer an Anchors competition, where students read and anchor a random script. They are then judged by professionals from the field, and are awarded later that day. The students and faculty of the different journalism programs enjoy these competitions, and gives them an early look on how FSPA States competition will be in Orlando.
Along with offering different competitions, District’s also teaches these new journalists the fundamentals of the industry with different professionals speaking and teaching classes throughout the day. Guest speaker, Calvin Hughes, taught about various changes to journalism, but focused mainly on how social media and technology are changing journalism. “Social media and technology is rapidly changing what we do everyday, and we need to prepare the future as best as we can,” said Hughes, a WPLG Local 10 Reporter. Social media is drastically changing not only the world around us, but the industry of journalism itself and the future journalists of tomorrow need to be prepared. District’s is a time for these journalists to learn from the experts, so they can be better prepared when they enter that journalism world in years ahead.
Contributions by Erick Marrero
This package won first place for Multi-media journalist at the District 6 Convention