The California FFA Press Corps is a program aimed at utilizing the publicity efforts of the state FFA leadership conference to provide experience in public relations and journalism for FFA members. Members selected for the Press Corps will spend time working with the public relations staff of the conference while working in the conference media room. Press Corps participants will also get a chance to work as student reporters during the convention. This is a great opportunity to develop skills, learn about available careers and get hands-on experience.
Students who show talent in the areas of journalism, writing or photography are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be members in good standing, who are at least high school sophomores, juniors or seniors. Applicants must be planning on attending the entire state FFA leadership conference with their chapter.
To be eligible for the Press Corp a FFA member must be planning to attend the State FFA Leadership Conference and complete their conference registration as required by the State FFA Association.
The time commitment for this program is significant. We will try to be as flexible as possible, but students are encouraged to consider schedule conflicts before applying. Delegates, Regional Officers, Nominating Committee Members and State Officer Candidates are not eligible to apply.
Orientation and educational meetings- Press Corps members will be required to attend an orientation on Thursday, April 25.
Daily Assignments- Members will receive daily reporting assignments. Members will work together to cover events at the conference from a student's perspective.
Media Room- Students will be scheduled to work in the media room for two hours a day. This will give students exposure to the news media and public relations staff.
The conference has limited resources so students will be required to bring their own equipment such as cameras, memory cards, etc.
Students must submit four items for consideration:
Advisor recommendation form
Additional recommendation form, and
Sample of work. The sample of work should be an article, photograph or other related item that showcases applicants talents. The sample should be less than two years old.
Submit by Feb. 1 at 11:00pm*
*indicates next business day when this date occurs on weekend/holiday