what is fyi?

The Florida Yearbook Institute is the premier yearbook event of the summer.  What takes your staff 6-8 weeks to complete in the Fall, will be done in less than three days!


Join hundreds of students and advisers to learn about:

  • Theme
  • Story Telling
  • Ladders
  • Module Building
  • Marketing
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Yearbook Avenue
  • Photography


At FYI, we believe in preparation and a proactive approach. This is why we have the finest folks in the yearbook world to collaborate with you and your staff to bring out your yearbook best.


Staffs will have the opportunity to set an individual conference with one of the workshop instructors during the registration window. During these sessions, you can share your theme, coverage and design ideas and set goals for the workshop. Be on the lookout for an email to select your time!


Yes. We judge yearbooks by their cover. Meet one on one with a cover artist to create the best cover your school has ever seen.

the instructors

Cindy Berry


Cindy Berry is a native Texan – Yee Haw! She just finished her 26th year of teaching and advising publications, currently at Bridgeport High School in North Texas. She loves getting involved in Texas journalism, as her students have won a few awards along the way. Cindyis the past president of TAJE, the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, and a past recipient of the Edith Fox King award. She currently advises yearbook, and also teaches Journalism 1, UIL and PALS.

John Cutsinger, CJE


Semi-retired from a 45-year career in scholastic journalism: 16 years as an adviser and 29 years as a Jostens educational resource. During his experience, he was named  a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key recipient, National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer, Southern Interscholastic Press Association Distinguished Adviser, Future Journalists of America Hall of Famer and Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit, Friend of Scholastic Journalism and Lifetime Achievement winner. His contributions to scholastic journalism over the past 45 years have included advising state and national award winning yearbooks, newspapers and magazines; authoring yearbook curriculum and countless journal articles; and teaching/speaking at conferences and conventions across the nation. Jostens recognized John as one of its prestigious Legend Award winners.


Christine Davis, CJE



Christine Davis, CJE has advised newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine at Trinity High School in Euless Texas for 22 years, where her students have won some pretty nifty state and national awards. She is the past recipient of the Edith Fox King award, HEB Mentor Teacher award, and has served on the TAJE board. She judges for various organizations, teaches publications workshops for Jostens and is a lover of all things yearbook.

Matthew LaPorte, CJE


Matthew LaPorte is in his 9th year advising the Southwest Shadow Online News Site and The Howl Yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. He serves as the JEA NV State Director and the Co-President of the Southern Nevada Society of Journalists. He was recognized in 2015 as a JEA Rising Star. The Howl has been recognized as an NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Finalist, an NSPA All-American evaluated publication and a CSPA Gold Medalist. Check him out on Twitter @educatelaporte and Instagram @matthew.laporte. 

Jeff Moffitt, MJE


Jeff advised the award-winning Torch yearbook and Oracle newspaper at Olympia High School in Orlando, FL for 11 years. Besides being Crown and Pacemaker finalist, his students also won numerous individual awards. He is a National Board Certified teacher in career and technical education. Moffitt was OHS’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. JEA named him a Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser in 2010 and a Rising Star in 2006.  

Casey Nichols


Advising 38 yearbooks in 36 years of teaching middle school and high school, Casey Nichols lives in Rocklin, CA and continues to teach at the college level. His staff won Crowns and Pacemakers along with many state awards. Nichols is the former JEA Yearbook Adviser of the Year, a NSPA Pioneer, a CSPA Gold Key recipient, and member of the Ball State Journalism Hall of Fame. He also served as the JEA Awards chair. His passion remains in storytelling in all forms great design to display great photos and compelling reporting While helpling staffs do a better yearbook, easier. 


Jordin Knowis


Jordan Knowis has been a graphic designer at Jostens for 10 years. Her love of art and design started when she was growing up in Tennessee. She began taking art classes and joined her high school yearbook staff. She continued her studies and received a BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. When she is not designing, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Sadie.

Pat Shelton


Pat Shelton is a Tennessee-based graphic designer who has worked at Jostens for seven years. He attended Austin Peay State University, where he majored in communication arts. Before that, he was enrolled at Volunteer State Community College. As an undergrad Pat served as the art director for the student magazine, and served as the President of the African American Student Union. He is the recipient of the James L. Tuttle award given out for humility, a Merit award winner, and a nominee for the Robert M. Ruff distinguished student leadership award. In his free time, Pat enjoys watching movies and spending quality time with his wife. 

Matthew Tyndall


Matthew Tyndall has been with Jostens for 10 years. He grew up in Western Germany, but didn’t stay long enough to learn the language. After moving to the U.S., he not only developed a penchant for art, but he also developed allergies. He constantly got into trouble in school for drawing instead of paying attention to lectures. After graduating, he attended the BFA program in graphic design at Austin Peay State University.

What others say


"Getting advice from top-notch yearbook experts, gleaning from their many years of experience, helps us take our book to the next level of excellence. The topics reinforce what I am teaching in class and helps train my staff to be better yearbook yerds and to grow in their knowledge. In addition to the education and planning time, my staff bene ts from attending the workshop. The time there allows our staff to grow closer and make memories that help us work as a team throughout the school year. We have begun traditions that returning staff members look forward to each year. It’s an all-around great time from every angle.” - Rhonda Pittman, Orangewood Christian, Maitland, Florida


"Attending Jostens' summer yearbook camp has proven absolutely essential to the success of our school's publication.  Without the assistance of Chad and his Jostens team of creative experts guiding our planning during this amazing conference, we would not have the kind of top quality book we have managed to produce the two years we've been with Jostens.  And I speak from having had experience with a different publisher -- the quality of training you receive in the three days with Jostens far outweighs a full year of support and training with other publishing companies. Our school community has definitely noticed the difference in our publication. Our sales rose a full 30% with Jostens in one year. Best of all, my students look forward to camp and understand the value of the experience. We love yearbook camp!" - Denise Stewart, Merritt Island High School, Merrit Island, Florida


​​"Yearbook camp is one of the most beneficial things my staff participates in each year. We usually go there with a theme in mind and use that time to develop it and begin creating pages. Camp is a time that my editors really bond and we usually have lots of fun. Camp is a place that all of our ideas come together and magic happens! The work we do at camp is what gives us a jump start once school starts. Camp is a must for us and we can’t wait for what this year has in store for our staff. We can’t wait to tell “our story”. " - Callie Williams, Astronaut High School, Titusville, Florida


"The workshop is a great way for our staff to prepare for next years book in a non classroom setting. With the information provided by the instructors at the conference we are able to create our theme and design elements before starting off the school year. The workshop is great for students and Advisors. We also enjoy the sunshine, resort, and food every year. It really is a lot of fun“ - Brian Simmons​, West Nassau High School​, Callahan, Florida


"All award-winning yearbook staffs know they need to hit the ground running on the first day of school. So it helps to have a plan in place before that day arrives, and that plan should include having a theme, ladder and coverage strategies in place. The Jostens Florida Summer Yearbook Workshop provides expert instruction and hands-on opportunity to make that happen. It also gives advisers time to bond with editors -- to leisurely establish chemistry and set workflow patterns. Back-to-school can be stressful for yearbook staffs, but it doesn't have to be. Let the Jostens Florida Summer Yearbook Workshop take you to a better place." - Mark Schledorn, West Shore Junior / Senior, Melbourne, Florida


"The Jostens workshop was a great team-building experience for my staff. As new Jostens customers, we were able to meet other schools, collaborate with experts and get a jump-start on our yearbook theme and design. Meeting with the cover artist allowed us to bounce ideas around and really nail down our cover design before the school year even started. Knowing that we had a strong support structure for whatever questions or concerns we might have, really helped us start the year off right and plan the best book we've ever had." - Jessica Taylor, Edgewood Junior / Senior, Merritt Island, Florida

Got questions? we have answers

What meals are included?

Lunches will be provided. Gift cards will be given out for breakfasts and dinners, so the school staffs can bond individually. 

What should I bring to the workshop?

Many schools bring a few copies of their last year's yearbook to draw ideas from and to also swap with other schools. Some other items include: laptop, pens, spare magazines (for design inspiration), paper, sweater (rooms can get chilly), and a day backpack. If you're planning on taking a photography class, please be sure to bring a camera. 

Are t-shirts available?

Yes. T-shirts will be available on the registration form. No additional t-shirts will be sold at the event, so please pre-order.

Will I have time to go explore International Drive?

Yes. We will let out late in the afternoon each day. Many staffs take advantage and use the surrounding attractions as a time to bond and reward themselves for their hard work.

What's located nearby?

What's the host hotel? What about reservations?


Ideally located on Orlando’s International Drive, Rosen Plaza Hotel, is adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center and across the street from the Pointe Orlando shopping and entertainment complex. Their 4-star facility, expert staff, well-appointed accommodations and state-of-the-art facilities make our hotel Central Florida’s premier meetings destination.

Make a reservation: here.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Florida Yearbook Institute

2200 Winter Springs Boulevard Suite 106 #246, Oviedo, Florida 32765, United States

(321) 217-7633