The 43rd Annual FSPA Journalism Day: The Harbinger Wins Awards & Learns A Whole Lot More

By Maria Vasquez

This past Saturday, October 17th, the Florida Scholastic Press Association held their 43rd Annual South Florida Journalism Day at Florida International University. Every year they have a different theme and this year’s theme was Star Wars. “The Media Awakens” included several seminars with titles that were a play on words to the movie.

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Daylin Delgado (left) and Carolina Espinal (right) ask Mr. DeFede questions about his journey as a journalist.

“Help Me iPhone, You’re My Only Hope” was one of the creative classes featured. Yearbook representatives spoke about how to advance a publication with a smart phone. Other classes taught student journalists about how to become a marketing “yoda” to sell yearbooks or how to “bring the galaxy home” and write stories about the local community.

Several Harbinger reporters attended Journalism Day. Our staff writers, Carolina Espinal and Daylin Delgado, wrote about the Keynote Speaker, Jim DeFede and a struggle he faced not too long ago as a journalist. Below, are both stories on what Jim DeFede spoke about.

“Journalists Awaken FSPA District 6”
Carolina Espinal

“The Media Awakened Jim DeFede”
Daylin Delgado

In addition to that, The Harbinger–once again– won multiple awards from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Vivian Bermudez and Maria Vasquez, last year’s layout-editors for The Harbinger, received the Fall Digital Contest’s first place award for their In-Depth Package of the newspaper. Carolina Espinal, a staff writer, entered an On-The-Spot writing contest for news. She won third place! Congratulations to our wonderful staff for their hard work and awards.

The Harbinger staff writer Carolina Espinal won Third Place in an On-The-Spot news writing contest.

The Harbinger staff writer Carolina Espinal won Third Place in an On-The-Spot news writing contest.

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The Harbinger’s former layout editors Vivian Bermudez and Maria Vasquez were awarded First Place for an In-Depth Package of the newspaper.

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