65th Annual Southern Regional Press Institute

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Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19, 2016

Student Union Ballroom and King-Frazier Ballroom

The annual event presents speakers and workshops to help high school and college students acquire skills in communications. In addition to workshops in photography, writing for multiple platforms, news, magazine and feature writing, new media, copy-editing, headline writing, broadcasting, public relations, advertising, and newspaper layout and design, all of which are instructed by media professionals from across the nation, the Institute also includes the following components:

· A publications contest for high school and college newspapers
· A mini-documentary/video competition
· Career preparation workshops for college juniors and seniors
· Round-table sessions for faculty advisors
· A feature-writing contest/high school and college
· A photography contest/high school and college
· A web page design competition
· A sports writing competition

Register here. The competition entry forms can be found here.

Registration is $40 for the conference. It is $10 to register for the jobs and internship fair on Wednesday.


2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Adams Hall
Jobs and Internship Fair
Registration is $10


7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lobby/Ballrooms A&B, Student Union

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Opening Session
Ballrooms A&B, Student Union
Serena Garcia '93, communications director for AARP Georgia

10:45 a.m. - noon
Breakout Sessions

Tragedy on Campus: How to Cover the Story

Become a Story Chaser: Creating Multimedia Stories, Part I
(Elementary and Middle School Workshop)
Students will acquire digital literacy skills by learninghow to use digital text, images, audio and video to tell the stories of their school community.

Digital Opportunies in Magazine and Feature Writing
How to produce story blogs and long-form journalism

Effective Visual Storytelling: Seven Rules to Follow
Photography workshop

Covering Breaking News: Five Essential Skills Every Anchor and Journalist Must Have
Broadcasting workshop

Social Media, Blogging and Copyright: Policies and Legal Concerns
Public relations workshop

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Luncheon
Savannah Ballroom, King-Frazier student center

1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Want to Build a Tech Mobile App? We'll Teach You How.

Creative Juices Flowing? Explore the Principles of Effective Screeningwriting
Film workshop

Sound Reporting: Finding and Pitching Stories for Audio
Editing by ear, capturing great actualities, newscast writing and more

How to Become the Subject Matter Expert
Public relations workshop

Ethics and Diversity in Media: Why They Matter

Emerging Trends in Social Media
Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr: What's in Store for 2016 and Beyond

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions

Non-linear editing 101
Learn basic video editing skills

Advanced InDesgin Workshop
Tips and shortcuts

Career Preparation
The value of the digital portfolio, networking, mentorship and career mapping
(College students only)

Thinking of Becoming an Entrepreneur?
Here's What You Need to Know

Need Help With Your Ailing Resume?
Come and see the resume doctor

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Reception and Exhibit: "SRPI: Celebrating 65 Years of Educating Journalism and Mass Media Student"

Social Sciences building, Room 115, Lobby and Art Gallery
Dawn Baker, anchor, WTOC-TV-Channel 11, Savannah, Ga.
*Lou Corsetti, professor emeritus of journalism, West Liberty State College. Corsetti was the first Caucasian to work with the Southern Regional Press Institute
Charles J. Elmore, Ph.D., noted African-American historian, author and retired SSU professor. Elmore is also a former press institute director.
John English, Ph.D., professor emeritus of journalism, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia
Harold Jackson, Ph.D., president and CEO, JacksonHeathGroup, an international communications and management consulting agency. Jackson is also a former SRPI director.
Kristie Kemper, Ph.D., professor of English and journalism adviser, Georgia Highlands College
Yvonne S. Lamb, former obituatries editor, Washington Post, and vice president, VonSher Media, LLC
Luetta C. Milledge, Ph.D., professor emerita of humanities, SSU. The SRPI evolved from the First Annual Press Workshop, which was held for members of the Savannah State Press Club, under Milledge’s guidance.
Louise Owens, professor emerita of humanities, Savannah State University. Owens, along with Milledg,e rendered invaluable service to the press institute during its formative years, and thereafter. The annual Milledge-Owens Awards Luncheon is named in their honor.
*Wilton C. Scott, founder, SRPI. Scott, who was public relations director at SSU, received numerous honors for his work in scholastic journalism, including the Gold Key Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and an award from the Wall Street Journal.
Mark Streeter, editorial cartoonist, Savannah Morning News. Streeter has created cartoons for the SRPI for more than 20 years and has presented editorial cartooning workshops for its participants.
*Posthumous awards


9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakout sessions

Public Relations in a Mobile World
Industry Changes

Get the Reel Truth
Learn how to produce your indie film

Let's Get Down to the Wire
Great sports writing and coverage

Making Waves
Hands-on radio braodcasting workshop

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Become a Story Chaser: Creating Multimedia Stories, Part II
(Elementary and Middle School Workshop)
Students will acquire digital literacy skills by learninghow to use digital text, images, audio and video to tell the stories of their school community.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Breakout sessions

Want a Job in the Music or Entertainment Industry?
Let the experts tell you what you need to know

The Successful Interview
Media mangers tell you how to nail it

Filmmakers' Best Practices

Improve Your Multimedia Campus Publications
Learn how to generate newsworthy and interesting story ideas

Should You Think Big or Small?
Contrasts in working for smaller vs. larger public relations organizationss

Advanced Photography Workshop

11:30 a.m.
Milledge/Owens Awards Luncheon
Savannah Ballroom, King-Frazier Student Center