TROY—Close to 250 college students from throughout the southeast will receive training on topics ranging from writing and reporting to landing their first journalism jobs during the Southeast Journalism Conference’s 2011 Convention at Troy University, Feb. 17-19.
The students, representing 21 colleges and universities, will have the opportunity to hear presentations from media professionals during the three-day event, while also having the chance to put their journalistic skills to the test during on-site competitions, according to Dr. Jeff Spurlock, SEJC president and associate director of TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication.
“Hosting the SEJC convention is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Troy University and the Hall School of Journalism and Communication,” Dr. Spurlock said. “Our hope is for those who are attending the convention will say to themselves that TROY has an outstanding journalism program that is tough to beat.”
After an opening ceremony on Friday, participants will take part in workshops and on-site competitions throughout the day. The workshops will cover such topics as photography, sports media relations, resume building, feature writing, newspaper sports reporting, broadcast sports play-by-play, desktop publishing and advertising sales.
Participants will have the opportunity to compete on-site in the categories of Media Law, Media History, News Reporting, Sports Reporting, Photography, Radio Anchoring, TV Anchoring, Public Relations, Current Events, Copy Editing, Entertainment Writing, Feature Writing, Media Ethics and Editorial Writing.
The Best of the South Awards Banquet will round out events on Friday. Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va., will be the keynote speaker for the event.
LoMonte is an experienced commercial litigation attorney who joined SPLC after practicing with the Atlanta-based law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist in state Capitol bureaus in Florida and Georgia and in Washington, D.C., with the Morris newspaper chain. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Georgia School Of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review.
The conference will wrap up on Saturday with an on-site competitions awards luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Speakers for the luncheon will be Glenn Halbrooks, Stefanie Hicks and Jeff Sanders, all anchors with WAKA-TV news in Montgomery.
Participating universities include: Arkansas State, Austin Peay State, Belmont, Florida A&M, Georgia College, Harding, Lipscomb, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Nicholls State, Samford, Southeastern Louisiana, TROY, Union, Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee-Martin, West Alabama and West Florida.