The 2021 spring convention will feature sessions, contests, and many more offerings designed to highlight, support and celebrate how Florida scholastic publications are surviving and thriving this year. Registration is currently closed, but registrants will get an email to access the convention page a week before the event.


We are excited for the vastly expanded event, appropriately themed "Outside the Box." year. Check out the video from our student board.


THURSDAY, APRIL 22 - Contests & Connections Day

Welcome Session + FSPA Primers for new students & advisers

On the Spot Contests (contest list here, full details here)

    • $5-$10 entry fee, 1 entry per contest per registered staff
    • Similar contest lineup as traditional convention, using
    • Contest prompts released after opening, with varying due times

Connection Rooms

    • HEAR ME OUT: Student Connections - Seven, 30-minute moderated student roundtables covering wide range of topics (see the list here)
    • OUTSIDE HELP: Seven, 30-minute Q&A sessions with college faculty & college journalism students. Times and colleges coming!

‘Boxed’ Instructional Units (see the list here)

    • Free (with registration) training units released Friday, April 16 for advisers to use with staffers beforehand or on Thursday in place of contests
    • Each unit comes with a training video, supplementary materials and a Thursday support session to share your work and get feedback

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 - Session Day

    • Keynote-led opening session with Bri Macnaught at 9 a.m.
    • 32 sessions spread over four time slots (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.)
    • Lunch party! hosted by the FSPA Student Chairs
    • Friday sessions available for registered publications to watch at any time
    • 7 p.m. awards session featuring Spring Digital BOB and All-Florida publications

FRIDAY, APRIL 30 - Virtual Awards Banquet

    • 7 p.m. celebration of Student Journalists of the Year, Teachers of the Year, Sunshine Standouts, On-the-Spot winners


Convention one-pager

How to make state convention a successful field trip


Thursday, April 22

& Friday, April 23

(+ April 30 awards banquet)

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.*

(*contests & award sessions

will run later)


Early Bird (Feb 3-Mar 26):

$100 per staff

Late Registration (Mar 27-April 9): $125 per staff


click here for details


  • Coaching Sessions ($20 fee) - sign up for a publication critique or to get help in an area of your choosing
  • Social media contests (with prizes) before and during the event (#FSPA2021), including Florida Man trivia, TikTok competition & music video competition
  • Resources for advisers & students to make this a fun & useful field trip
  • SWAG - order t-shirts ($20) and stickers ($4) with your registration

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