News from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP

Enter the Congressional App Challenge Today!

Interested in app development and coding?
Enter your app into the Congressional App Challenge!
All skill levels are welcome to participate.
You can find training tutorials on the website or use your MyUSF page to check out tutorials on the online videos!

Deadline to submit your app is November 1st.

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their local district.

Students code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The district-wide competitions, now in their third year, take place from July through early November. The CAC is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district, and coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation.

Mission: The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education:

  • Inspire: To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice;
  • Include: To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community; and
  • Innovate: To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.

A Brief History of the CAC: The idea for the Congressional App Challenge was first publicly introduced in 2013, when the House passed H. Res. 77 – Academic Competition Resolution of 2013 with overwhelming support, 411 to 3. In 2014, the House of Representatives ran a pilot version of the program, under the leadership of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA). When over 80 Members participated, the House realized that the program’s tremendous potential. In 2015, the Committee on House Administration appointed the Internet Education Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit to serve as the program’s non-governmental sponsor, and launched the first official CAC under Congressional Co-Chairs Reps. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) took over as co-chairs in 2016, and in the first 2 years of the Challenge, the CAC has reached nearly 4000 students across 33 states.
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ACES: The Society for Editing to Award Bill Walsh Scholarship

Precise expressions delighted Bill Walsh, especially when they accurately reflected the messiness of today’s news. If you’re a college student who understands that paradox, a new scholarship may await you.

The aim of the $3,000 scholarship is to help and inspire young editors. Funded entirely by individual donors, the Walsh award extends the legacy of the author and Washington Post copy editor, who died early this year.

Walsh was a board member of the ACES Education Fund, which now administers the scholarship program in his honor. The Education Fund – a nonprofit part of ACES: The Society for Editing – has previously provided 93 scholarships and will award five more in early 2018, in addition to the Walsh scholarship.

The Walsh award winner will be a college junior, senior or graduate student who demonstrates the talent and passion for language to which Bill devoted his life and who aspires to pursue the craft of editing the news.

In addition to the $3,000, the Walsh scholarship winner will receive financial support toward attending the next ACES annual conference, April 26-28 in Chicago.

“We look forward to working with Bill’s family, in keeping with their and his wishes, to identify an outstanding student who seeks to become an editor in the news business,” said Henry Fuhrmann, president of the ACES Education Fund. “We are honored to have the chance to support an aspiring editor who can carry Bill’s legacy into the next generation.”

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Specific requirements for all six scholarships are at Scholarships are awarded without regard to the student’s major or field of academic concentration.

The website also tells how to donate to the Walsh and the other scholarship funds. For additional information, email the Education Fund’s vice president, Alex Cruden, at

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Student Opportunities

CONNECT: Student Journalism Projects

NLGJA’s CONNECT: Student Journalism Project provides real-world experience and professional connections at NLGJA’s National Convention for 12 students across the country who are considering a career in journalism.

This year’s National Convention is at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, September 7-10, 2017.

NLGJA covers student expenses including airfare, food and accommodations.

Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA or a member of the LGBTQ community to apply. NLGJA accepts applicants from all disciplines, departments and majors.


Aarons and Longcope Scholarships

NLGJA offers annual scholarships to students hoping to pursue a journalism career.

The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award

For 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Awards

For the 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $5,000 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.


Applications for CONNECT and Scholarships are due May 31, 2017.

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For more information on NLGJA and our student opportunities please visit

Please contact Sachelle Brooks ( with any questions or concerns.

Bonnie Tiegel Memorial Scholarship Program Application Deadline is May 31

Bonnie Tiegel Memorial Scholarship Program is available for the high school seniors (at least 17 years of age) or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university and are pursuing degree in broadcast journalism, communications and journalism.

The deadline for application submission is May 31, 2017

Get more information here:  Bonnie Tiegel Memorial Scholarship Program

USFSP Journalism Professor to Host Live Food Writing Webinar

Are you ready to get serious about freelance food writing?

Prof. Janet Keeler, founder of the Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate program at USF St. Petersburg, will be hosting a live webinar at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 19, with the Pointer Institute for Media Studies.

Visit this link to register and get more information.

Apply for Asian American Journalists Association’s VOICES Program by March 31

VOICES serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for mid-career journalists. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected to cover the convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention in July.

Students will produce a convention publication based on reporting completed before the convention and on-site in Philadelphia. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Students will also be expected to attend required recruiting events at the convention and have the opportunity to improve their portfolios and interviewing skills.

VOICES will be celebrating its 27th anniversary during the Philadelphia convention. The program represents hundreds of successful alumni that have advanced into newsrooms around the globe and outside the media industry. Former VOICES students have become Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors.

The 2017 VOICES program will take place July 24 – 29, 2017 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All selected participants must be available for travel (from within the U.S.) during those dates.

For more information and to apply, visit the VOICES website.

Association of Health Care Journalists Awarding Academic Health Journalism Conference Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists, with support from funders, provides financial assistance to college journalism students and college journalism instructors who wish to attend AHCJ’s annual conference From April 20, 2017 – April 23, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

Fellowships are open to U.S.-based students majoring in journalism or mass communication with a special interest in covering health or health care. Professors and other college instructors who are teaching health-related journalism are also welcome to apply.

If selected for a fellowship, you may be asked to write an AHCJ website blog post, take pictures or shoot video of a conference session.

Students will be asked to share a room with another student fellow.

Fellowship includes:

  • Conference registration fee
  • One year’s membership in AHCJ (new or extended)
  • Up to four nights in conference hotel (Wed.-Sat.)
  • Up to $400 for travel assistance within the continental United States.

    This may not cover ALL travel costs.

Submit a Health Journalism Fellowship Application online.

The deadline is noon CT, Feb. 24.

Questions? Contact Ev Ruch-Graham at or 573-884-8103.

Journalism Scholarships Available for Polish Americans

The Kosciuszko Foundation, An American Center for Polish Culture is currently accepting applications for tuition scholarships for academic year 2017-2018. Eligible candidates are US citizens of Polish descent and US permanent residents of Polish heritage for full-time studies. Funding is available for studies in journalism.

Qualified students evidence interest in or involvement in the Polish American community and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicant must show proof of Polish descent. Apply on-line now and through January 17, 2017. Details are found at:

Scholarship decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Winners will be notified May 25, 2017.

The Kosciuszko Foundation is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization engaged in educational and cultural relations between the United States and Poland. Besides the Tuition Scholarship programs for graduate level studies in the US, the Foundation supports Year Abroad language studies, Graduate Studies and Research in Poland; undergraduates majoring in the natural sciences; and short term summer language studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.

Digital Journalism and Design Course Earns QM Certification

snyderOn Friday, October 28, 2016, Dr. Snyder received Quality Matters Certification for his online course, Digital Media Law and Ethics (JOU 6708).

Dr. Snyder’s course is the first from the online M.A. program in Digital Journalism & Design, within the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP’s College of Arts & Sciences, to receive QM Certification.The course was originally designed in Summer 2013 as a collaboration among Dr. Snyder, Dr. Deni Elliott, and Randy Carlson, Graduate Assistant. Dr. Snyder has taught it since and continues to update it to reflect current events and topics from the field.

The QM peer review is a rigorous process designed to certify quality and alignment of online course design through a rubric of research-based best practices in online learning.

Dr. Snyder’s course will soon be on the list of Quality Matters Recognized Courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the homepage of his course.

To learn more about Quality Matters, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services or attend one of our upcoming workshops.