This week, Savannah State University's Department of Mass Communications will host its 63rd annual Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI).
"Social Media in a Global Society: Ethics, Urgency and Accuracy" is the theme of the two-day conference that will include more than 30 workshops on using social media.
In addition to the professional workshops, high school and college participants will take part in workforce readiness training, career counseling and networking opportunities for jobs and internships.
The institute opens at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20 in the Kennedy Building auditorium with a panel discussion moderated by Susan Catron, executive editor of the Savannah Morning News. Panelists include Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor, Digital Media First; Professor Phelps Hawkins, Department of Mass Communications, SSU; Kenneth Irby, senior faculty and director of community relations and diversity programs, Poynter Institute; and Renee Marsh, aviation and government regulation correspondent, CNN. Marsh will also conduct a workshop entitled "Working at CNN: What's it Really Like?"
A diverse group of local, regional and nationally-known journalists and media professionals will instruct workshops including Savannah natives Tatia Adams Fox, senior vice president, Warner/ADA Marketing and her sister, Traci Adams, vice president, Urban Promotions, Epic Records.
WSAV sports director, Ken Slats, and anchor, Russ Riesinger are also workshop participants.
Legendary film producer and casting director, Reuben Cannon, is the keynote speaker for the Milledge/Owens Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom. Cannon is the first African-American to head Warner Brothers' television casting department.
Other highlights of the 63rd SRPI include:
· job and internship fair for college juniors and seniors, Feb. 21, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Adams Hall;
· a reception and photo exhibit, "Black Hollywood/The Middle Passage: Emerging From the Shadows of the Birth of a Nation," featuring photographs and research by Lester Sloan, internationally-known photographer and SSU Visiting Professor, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Social Sciences Building art gallery;
· alumni mixer for SSU mass communications graduates, Feb. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Kennedy Fine Arts Building, Room 212; and
· a student media competition; first and second place awards will be presented during the Milledge/Owens Awards Luncheon.
On-site registration is available. Registration fee: $40; there is an additional $10 registration fee for the career fair. For more information, call: 912-358-3378 or 912-358-3290 or click here.
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