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SSU's Southern Regional Press Institute coming up

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Renee Marsh (Source: Savannah State University) Renee Marsh (Source: Savannah State University)

Savannah State University's Department of Mass Communications will host the 63rd annual Southern Regional Press Institute on Feb. 20 and 21.

"Social Media in a Global Society: Ethics, Urgency and Accuracy" is the theme of the two-day mass media conference.

The conference features more than 30 workshops on using social media to cover breaking news; writing for public relations; sports writing; magazine writing; digital photography; graphic design; digital storytelling; audio, film and television industries; and advertising. High school and college students will take part in workforce readiness training, career counseling and networking opportunities for jobs and internships, according to an SSU news release.

"The Southern Regional Press Institute has a strong history of training students from universities and schools throughout the Southeast," said Wanda Lloyd, chair and associate professor of the Department of Mass Communications at SSU, in a statement. "It is important that this year's program will focus on the important topics of social media and ethics because these themes are being debated and practiced by media professional across the globe."  Lloyd, who is in her first year as department chair, is a Savannah native and product of the SRPI.

SRPI kicks off 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, according to the news release.  

Marsh will also conduct a workshop entitled "Working at CNN: What's it Really Like?"

Reuben Cannon will engage students during the Milledge/Owens Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom. Cannon has cast nearly 100 television series, made-for-TV movies and motion pictures, including "The Color Purple."

For registration and other information, email Reginald Franklin or Novella Cross Holmes or call 912.358.3378 or 912.358.3290.

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