Florida Capitol Press Club announces 2017-18 Scholarship winners

TALLAHASSEE – The Capitol Press Club of Florida is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2017 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 11 aspiring Florida journalists from colleges and high schools around the state and nation.

The awards totaling $21,000 provide scholarships of between $1,000 to $2,000 to current college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue reporting careers. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize so many talented young journalists,” said Troy Kinsey, incoming president of the Capitol Press Club of Florida and a reporter for the Bay News 9 Tallahassee Bureau. “The diverse and talented field of applicants is an encouraging sign for the future of journalism.”

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Tallahassee-based Capitol Press Club of Florida, also known as the Capitol Press Corps, through the Annual Capitol Press Skits which is held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy in Tallahassee.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in Tallahassee as a state government reporter. She covered 11 governors — from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

For photos of this year’s scholarship recipients, visit barbarafryescholarship.wordpress.com

The 2017 winners are:

* Laurel Biddy, University of Florida, junior, from Maitland

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* Gabrielle Calise, University of Florida, senior, from Palm Harbor

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* Matthew Farina, University of North Florida, junior, from Gainesville

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* Sara Girard, University of Florida, graduate program, from Davie

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* Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida, senior, from Miami

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* Emily Mavrakis, University of Florida, junior, from Cape Coral

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* Courtney Rozen, American University, senior, from Weston

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* Meredith Sheldon, University of Florida, junior, from Weston

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* Alex Torres-Perez, University of North Florida, senior, from Jacksonville

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* Ramsey Touchberry, University of Florida, senior, from Bradenton

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* William Weber, University of North Florida, senior, from Jacksonville

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The Barbara Frye Scholarship Fund is made possible by the Capitol Press Club of Florida with money raised from the annual press skits. 

For more information, visit our website: http://BarbaraFryeScholarship.wordpress.com

You can also find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CapitolPressSkits/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/FLPressCorps)

Contact: Mary Ellen Klas, meklas@miamiherald.com

 

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Apply for an internship with the 2018 Press Skits

Student Internship Program

Florida Capitol Press Corps’ Annual Press Skits

The Florida Capitol Press Corps is a diverse group of journalists who cover the seat of state government in Tallahassee. Each year, the Press Corps produces and stars in the Capitol Press Skits, which pokes fun at politicians to raise money for the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship Fund. Press Skits is a comedy variety show consisting of skits, videos and parody songs created and performed by these journalists. The Press Corps is looking to hire student interns to assist our adult amateur actors with this year’s production. This year’s skits director is Terrence Pride.

The positions available are:

  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager ($500 stipend)
  • Musical Director ($500 stipend)
  • Director of Photography ($500 stipend)

All positions will be paid in two installments: half on Nov. 30 and the other half after successful completion of the show and wrap-up duties.

Students chosen to participate in the internship program will assist with producing the Annual Press Skits on Jan. 23, 2018. There will be roughly 20 rehearsals and meetings from September through January, with time demands increasing closer to the show. Student interns are expected to attend all rehearsals unless absences are cleared with the Press Corps liaison and excused in advance. Multiple absences or dissatisfactory performance may result in dismissal from the internship program.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume that includes work/experience in comedy or musical theater, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. Click “continue reading” to see full job description.

Applications should be emailed to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com by Oct 20.

Questions and comments about the internship program and application process can be emailed to the same address or by contacting Press Corps Director Terrence Pride at (305) 542-4841.

Continue reading “Apply for an internship with the 2018 Press Skits”

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications now being accepted for the 2017-18 Barbara Frye Scholarship

Who: Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for scholarship awards up to $2,000. Students who attended a high school in Florida or attend or expect to attend a college or university in Florida are eligible to apply, including graduate students.

What: Awards up to $2,000 will be granted on the basis of merit and dedication to a journalism career, and financial need may be considered. Past winners and applicants may re-apply if they are still eligible.

When: Because of Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Irma, the deadline for the 2017-2018 application has been extended to Oct. 29, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Winners will be announced no later than December.

Where: E-mail your application to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com

How: Download application here: 2017 Barbara Frye Scholarship Application

Florida Capitol Press Club announces 2016-17 scholarship winners

Dec. 14, 2016

2016 Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship Winners 

TALLAHASSEE – The Capitol Press Club of Florida is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2016 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 13 aspiring Florida journalists from colleges and high schools around the state and nation.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize so many talented young journalists,” said Jessica Bakeman, president of the Capitol Press Club of Florida. “We received a record number of applications this year from a diverse and talented field of students. It is an encouraging sign for the future of journalism in Florida.”

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Tallahassee-based Capitol Press Club of Florida, also known as the Capitol Press Corps, through the Annual Capitol Press Skits, held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy in Florida’s capital city.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps and covered 11 governors — from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

The 2016 winners are:

$2,000 scholarships

* Andrea Cornejo, University of Florida senior from Cape Coral

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* Caitlin Switalski, University of Florida senior from Tallahassee

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* Courtney Rozen, American University junior from Weston

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* Emily Bloch, Florida Atlantic University senior from Hollywood

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* Gabrielle Calise, University of Florida junior from Clearwater

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* Greg Todaro, Concordia University senior from Jacksonville

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* Meghan Mangrum, University of Florida graduate student from Orlando

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* Anjelicia Bruton, Florida A & M University junior from Tallahassee

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$1,000 scholarships

* Austin Landis, University of Florida senior from Gainesville

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* Kayla Parker, Florida A & M University junior from Tallahassee

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* Daniela Morales, Miami Lakes Educational Center senior from Miramar

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* Will Rasmussen, University of West Florida freshman from Tallahassee

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* Will Weber, University of North Florida junior from Jacksonville

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Apply for an internship with the Press Skits (deadline passed)

Student Internship Program

Florida Capitol Press Club’s Annual Press Skits

The application deadline has passed.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Capitol Press Club of Florida is a diverse group of journalists who cover the seat of state government in Tallahassee. Each year, the press club produces and stars in the Capitol Press Club Skits, which pokes fun at politicians to raise money for the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship Fund. The comedy variety show features skits, videos and parody songs created and performed by Tallahassee journalists. The Capitol Press Club is looking to hire student interns to assist our adult amateur actors with the 2017 production. This director is Terrence Pride.

Interviews for select applicants will be held the week of Nov. 28. The positions available are:

  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager ($500 stipend)
  • Musical Director ($500 stipend)

Both positions will be paid in two installments: half on Jan. 30 and the other half after successful completion of the show and wrap-up duties.

Students chosen to participate in the internship program will assist with the production of the annual Florida Capitol Press Club Skits on March 14, 2017. There will be approximately one dozen rehearsals and meetings from December through March, with time demands increasing closer to the show. Student interns are expected to attend all rehearsals unless absences are cleared with the press club liaison and excused in advance. Multiple absences or unsatisfactory performance may result in dismissal from the internship program. The assistant director should be someone who will remain in Tallahassee and be willing to become skits director in 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume that includes work/experience in comedy or musical theater, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. See below for full job description.

Applications should be emailed to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com by Nov. 25.

Questions and comments about the internship program and application process can be emailed to the same address or by contacting Press Skits Director Terrence Pride at (305) 542-4841.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER

The assistant director’s job is to assist the director with all tasks in setting the vision and improving the production value of the annual skits. In addition, the assistant director/stage manager would be the main liaison between the director and the actors on the night of the production. The assistant manager would also coordinate with the professional staff at the venue, including sound, lighting and set crews. It is essential that the production’s director and assistant director/stage manager have an ongoing and mutually supportive collaboration. The director communicates his or her vision of the show, and the assistant director/stage manager uses his or her understanding of the show’s demands to help the director (and cast) be successful.  Prior experience in theater production is required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.

 MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Beyond the expected musical expertise, the music director must have strong communication and organizational skills and be able to work collaboratively with the show’s director, cast and band. It is essential that the production’s director and musical director have an ongoing and mutually supportive collaboration. The director communicates his or her vision of the show, and the music director uses his or her understanding of the show’s musical demands to help the director (and cast) be successful.  The musical director works with the director in scheduling rehearsals, which cast members need to be there, and what the directors expect to accomplish at each rehearsal. 

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2016 Barbara Frye Scholarship (deadline passed)

The application deadline for 2016 Barbara Frye Scholarships has passed. Winners will be announced no later than December 2016.

Who: Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for scholarship awards up to $2,000. Students who attended a high school in Florida or attend or expect to attend a college or university in Florida are eligible to apply, including graduate students.

What: Awards up to $2,000 will be granted on the basis of merit and dedication to a journalism career, and financial need may be considered. Past winners and applicants may re-apply if they are still eligible.

When: The application window for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open. Applications must be received by Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Winners will be announced no later than December.

Where: E-mail your application to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com

Why: Because you’re a talented aspiring journalist, and we would like to help future generations of journalists hone their craft.

How: Download the application form and instructions here. (Dropbox login not required. Download will begin automatically after a few seconds of clicking “no thanks” to signing up.) The application requires an updated resume, a letter of recommendation, answers to two essay questions and three samples of your work.

2015 scholarship winners announced

December 7, 2015

Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship Announces 2015 Winners

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Capitol Press Corps is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2015 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 15 aspiring journalists from eight different high schools and colleges.

The awards provide $2,000 in scholarships to college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in reporting and writing. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply. This year’s winners represent students from five universities and three Florida high schools.

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Capitol Press Corps members through the “(Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Skits,” held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy at the state Capitol.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps and covered 11 governors — from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

To view the 2015 winners click here.