The 69th Annual Southern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University took place last Thursday and Friday, February 20-21, 2020. This event provided workshops for all students in the Mass Communications Department. The workshops included photography, writing for multiple platforms, news, magazine and feature writing, news media, copy-editing, headline writing, broadcasting, public relations, advertising, and newspaper layout and design, all of which were conducted by media professionals from across the nation. There were several events in all areas such as: Journalism, Strategic Communications, Multimedia Production, and Industry and Career. The two-day conference featured keynote speakers, multiple concurrent workshops, contests and a job fair. Panel discussions were held in many different classrooms and work studios by work professionals, preparing students to enter their field of study.
On Friday, the Southern Regional Press Institute culminated with the Milledge-Owens Awards Luncheon. Jessica Sparks, the Director of the Southern Regional Press Institute, brought greetings. Annette Ogletree McDougal, V.P. of Marketing and Communications, delivered the Presidential Welcome in the absence of Interim President Kimberly Ballard-Washington. Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter delivered the welcome from the City of Savannah in the absence of Mayor Van Johnson. WSAV News Anchor/Reporter Tina Tyus-Shaw was the keynote speaker. She received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications. She was introduced by her mentee Clara Fort. During Mrs. Shaw’s speech, she advised the Mass Communication students to, “Be a good listener, and be observant. You can serve as an ambassador for your community. You represent and advocate for your audience. If you find the truth, you have done your job.” Dr. Juliana Trammel, the Interim Chair Department of JMC, presented the Louis J. Corsetti Award for Excellence in Journalism to Jason Miccolo Johnson for his outstanding work and accomplishments. Kareem McMichael, Chair of Publications Contest, presented awards to the students for their entries into the Publications Contest.
Following the award ceremony, Mrs. Tyus Shaw and Mr. Jason Johnson were photographed with all of the participating students as well as alumni.