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

 

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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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.

Big Changes Ahead for Press Skits 2016

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We are introducing some exciting changes for the 61st Annual Press Skits in 2016 that will help us get back to our roots and make the event more accessible and fun for ALL of our guests.

First the basics:

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Times: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Place: The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Cost: $70 for floor seats, $30 for general admission (plus fees, more on this below)

How to purchase tickets: The Moon website or box office (on sale NOW)

How to contact us: presscorpstickets@gmail.com

“So how did you guys come up with this new price structure? How can I buy a table? What am I going to eat? What is the long answer to why there are all these changes?”

We’re glad you asked all of those questions! Gather ’round for the long answer.

We got rid of the tables.

We have philosophical and financial reasons for doing so. The Press Corps voted, and collectively we decided to get back to having seats first-come, first-served with a slight tweak. That is how we arrived at this new two-tier system. The $70 floor seats (plus $7 in service charges, total $77) are self-explainable: you will be sitting on the floor closest to the stage. General admission is $30 (plus $5 in service charges, total $35) and covers all other seating. That is a $5 reduction from last year for GA, and we also expanded GA seating to include the mezzanine levels that cost $70 last year.

All seats are first-come, first-served within the two tiers.

There will be tables throughout the venue like normal, but none of the seats around these tables will be reserved for any particular person or business. If you and your friends want to sit together, we suggest you get there early and stake your claim. Yes, the House and Senate majority and minority leaders, governor and Cabinet will have reserved seating up front and center, if they choose. But they will have to pay the $70 like everyone else and their staff and colleagues will be subject to the same rules as everyone else.

But the drinks will still flow freely.

Of course, we will have four bars open like normal. People who have GA tickets will have access to all four bars, including the two on the floor, at all times.

And so will parking.

All parking at the Moon’s lots is first-come, first-served. And it’s free. No reserved parking at all. (Unless your name is Richard Lynn Scott and then, well, your SUV kind of makes its own rules.) Once those lots fill up, head across the street to the strip mall lots.

Plus no more growling stomachs in GA.

That brings us to the food. Last year, there were folks seated at tables who said the food was a waste of money. Others sat in general admission and said they were starving and wished there were food options available. We heard you! The Moon kitchen will be open up front, and there will also be a food truck on the Silver Moon patio. Food for all! Just pay for and grab what you want.

So join us!

Tickets are on sale now at The Moon. You can pay online on their website or pay in person at the box office that is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and whenever the Moon is open for events. If you need to pay by check, you will also send it to The Moon even if the check needs to be made payable to the Florida Capitol Press Corps. But be sure to check with us or The Moon first to make sure the check includes applicable fees and service charges ($77 for floor, $35 for GA).

We are looking forward to a great year. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to send us an email at presscorpstickets@gmail.com.