Savannah State University’s Department of Mass Communications will host the 61st annual Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI) from Feb. 16-17. The two-day mass media conference carries the theme “Media in a Digital Age: A Changing Landscape” and will include workshops on radio/television production, marketing, public relations, journalism, graphic design and professional development for high school and college students.
Kenneth Irby, senior member of the Visual Journalism and Diversity faculty at the Poynter Institute, will speak at the opening session at 9 a.m., Feb. 16, at the Kennedy Fine Arts Building auditorium. The recipient of numerous National Press Photographers Association awards, Irby founded Poynter’s photojournalism program in 1995 and has lectured in eight different countries during his 14-year tenure at the institute. He chaired the 2007 Pulitzer Prize photography categories, lectured at the World Press Photos Buddy Training Program and the International Center of Photography and is a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop board. Irby contributed as a photo editor to three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects while working at Newsday and is also a frequent lecturer and author on photographic reporting issues, most recently for National Public Radio.
Carl Azuz, anchor of CNN “Student News,” will be the keynote speaker at the closing Milledge-Owens Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 17, in the King- Frazier Student Center ballroom. Having served in roles ranging from package producer, reporter and writer for the program played daily in middle and high school classrooms, Azuz has covered a wide range of topics and also interviewed students for CNN’s “Fix Our School” series, which explored the impact of technology on teenagers. Azuz also appears as a contributor on “CNN Newsroom” and has participated in public speaking events around the country.
For more information about the 61st annual SRPI, contact Reginald Franklin, event director, or Novella Cross Holmes, special project coordinator, at 912-358- 3378.