For Students and Advisers

Join hundreds of students and advisers to learn about theme, design, and marketing - all within minutes of Disney

Your Book

Get individualized guidance from one of our cover artists and design experts to make the book into your book

Intensive and Creative Tracks

Two tracks available to best suit the needs and wants of your school

SOME DETAILS

The Jostens Summer Yearbook Workshop is the PREMIER yearbook event of the summer.  What takes your staff 6-8 weeks to complete in the Fall will be done in ONLY 2.5 days!  

Join hundreds of students and advisers to learn about:

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

Two Tracks:

Yearbook Intensive

This sequence is specifically created for those staffs that desire a strong journalistic publication, compete for awards and regularly submit to state and national organizations for critiques. An emphasis will be placed upon the conceptual design strategies and theme integration encouraged by scholastic journalism associations.

Yearbook Creative

This sequence is designed for those staffs that desire a yearbook publication more focused on school expectations and traditions. An emphasis will be on getting everything in place for an easier start to the school year along with strong theme integration and design opportunities.


Cast and Crew

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.  

Mike McLean

Mike is a Pulitzer Prize nominated, Dallas-based freelance photojournalist. McLean's foundation of story telling skills come from his strong news background at the Dallas Times Herald. McLean is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for journalism associations, universities and media organizations throughout the nation. His images have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, Forbes, Rolling Stones, and more.

John Cutsinger, CJE

“John is a yearbook original. In my 20 years as a yearbook adviser, I have found no one who even comes close to him when it comes to providing creative input, an eye for detail and professional and moral support. But most importantly, he inspires us to continuously raise the bar in the pursuit of excellence. For me and my staff, John is indispensable.” • Mark Schledorn, Westshore Jr/Sr High School, Melbourne, FL

 

Matthew LaPorte

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 2016 edition of The Howl was recognized as a 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. 


& more to come

TESTIMONIALS

TOP NOTCH EXPERTS

"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

ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL

"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 (and at a Disney resort no less) 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

WHERE IDEAS ARE BORN

​​"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! (We’re at Disney so I would expect nothing less). 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

PREPARATION FOR NEXT YEAR

"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

BACK TO SCHOOL CAN BE STRESSFUL, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

"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

STRONG SUPPORT STRUCTURE

"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

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION FORM COMING SOON

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. Additionally, we will have a staff team building night at WONDERWORKS.

What's located nearby?

What's the hosting hotel?

ROSEN PLAZA HOTEL | INTERNATIONAL DR


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.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Florida Yearbook Institute

478 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 108 #333, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, us

(321) 217-7633