- More than 100 high school journalists are expected to converge on
The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus Friday when
Southern Miss Gulf Coast hosts the Southern Mississippi Scholastic
Journalism Association (SMSJA) conference.
students from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama will attend sessions
in the Advanced Education Building Friday morning from 8:30 a.m.
to noon. Topics will include feature writing, editorial and column
writing, finding news stories, advertising in today's market, designing
the best product - news and ads, photography, graphics, sports writing,
is being held in conjunction with the Biloxi "Sun-Herald"
newspaper, which is providing presenters from its staff. "We
could not have organized this conference without the tremendous
help of the 'Sun-Herald,'" said Dr. David R. Davies, associate
professor of journalism in the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication
and Journalism and a co-organizer of the conference.
The day will
conclude at noon with an awards banquet to recognize the best in
high school journalism for the three-state area.
of the conference is to help high school journalists produce better
newspapers," said Maggie Williams, publications manager of
the Southern Miss "Student Printz." "This is an important
part of our service mission to journalism in our region. Getting
students involved in high school newspapers is the first step in
recruiting the reporters and editors of tomorrow."
conferences in both the spring and fall semesters. In addition,
the association offers individualized journalism workshops to area
high schools at their request.
SMSJA was organized
in 1993 to offer an annual journalism conference and contest to
high school students in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. The
organization serves as both a public service organization and a
recruiting tool for the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
For more information, contact Davies at (601) 266-6237.