Savannah State to Host 60th Southern Regional Press Institute

Tatia Adams Fox
Tatia Adams Fox

Savannah State University’s Department of Mass Communications will host the 60th annual Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI) from Feb. 24-25.

“Celebrating Our Glorious Past: Achieving the Unthinkable” is the theme of the two-day mass media conference that will include workshops on radio/television production, advertising, public relations, journalism, graphic design, skill-building and professional development for high school and college students.

Maya Jackson Randall, the daughter of former SRPI director Harold Jackson, Ph.D., will speak at the opening session at 9 a.m., Feb. 24, at the Kennedy Fine Arts Building. An award-winning veteran reporter in the Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal bureau in Washington, Randall covers financial policy, personal finance and the economy. She helped cover the 2010 midterm elections and worked as a White House correspondent, focusing on the economic challenges facing Pres. Barack Obama. Also in 2010, Randall and a colleague earned the Dow Jones Newswires Clabby Award and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news coverage of the government’s financial bailout plan.

Tatia Adams Fox, founder and owner of consulting firm BOOPA! Marketing, will speak to alumni and consultants at 7 p.m., Feb. 24. Fox started her firm in January 2010 after leaving her position as vice president of marketing at Universal Motown Records, where she worked with artists such as Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Akon, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, the Wu-Tang Clan, David Banner, Nick Cannon, Carl Thomas and Melanie Fiona. A 1994 graduate of Savannah State, Fox has

Dawn Baker
Dawn Baker
also held leadership positions in advertising, sales and marketing at “Heart and Soul Magazine,” MTV Networks and Playboy Enterprises, and served as an adjunct professor of marketing and project management in 2005 at Baruch College in New York.

Wanda Lloyd, executive editor of the “Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser,” will be the keynote speaker at the closing Milledge Owens Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 25, in the King-Frazier Savannah Ballroom. As executive editor, Lloyd is responsible for all of the news content for the daily newspaper and, the “Maxwell-Gunter Dispatch” and several weeklies.

Local television anchors Kim Gusby of WSAV-TV, Mike Chila of WTOC-TV and Lindsay Housaman of WJCL-TV will conduct the session “Writing, Reporting and Anchoring the News: Get It Straight from the Pros” at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 24.

At 1:30 p.m. the same day, Susan Catron, executive editor of the Savannah Morning News, Jim Morekis, editor of Connect Savannah and Dawn Baker, reporter and anchor for WTOC-TV, will serve as panelists in the discussion, “The State of the Mass Media Industry: Job Strategies.” Also joining the panel discussion will be Harold Jackson, Ph.D., president and founder of the JacksonHealthGroup, a communications consulting company, and Tatia Adams Fox.

Savannah Morning News photographer Mark Streeter will present the editorial cartooning workshop “Packing a Punch: The Impact of Editorial Cartoons,” at 2:45 p.m.

For more information about the 60th annual SRPI, contact Carmen Manning- Miller, chair of the Department of Mass Communications, or Novella Cross Holmes at 912-358- 3378.

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