2014 Fall Journalism Training Workshops

2014 Journalism Fall Workshop, September 30.


The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association and the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communicaiton and Journalism invite all Mississippi high schools to participate in the 2014 Fall Journalism Training Workshops set for Tuesday, September 30th. This one-day event will be held on the Hattiesburg Campus of Southern Miss where students will have the opportunity to rotate through four different sessions to help sharpen their skills on all things related to mass communication and journalism!

Who can participate?

All high schools are invited to participate, even if you are not yet an MSPA member. Students who attend MSPA Journalism Day have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in:

  • InDesign/Photoshop
  • Going Digital/Social Media
  • Photography
  • Interviewing
  • News & Feature Writing
  • Yearbook Design
  • Newspaper Design
  • Broadcast Lab
  • Leadership

***Click here to read the bios on those leading the sessions***

What's the cost?

The cost to attend is $20 per student, and Advisors are free (one per school represented). ***Breakfast and lunch are included in the fee*** Additional advisors, chaperons, and/or school personnel are welcome to register and participate for a small fee of $10 each.

How do I register?

All who wish to participate (students and advisors alike) should click the registration link below, and complete the online form in its entirety by Friday, September 19. One form is to be completed for each person attending. Sessions and food choices (Chick-fi-A, pizza, or vegetarian option) are made while completing the registration form.

Registration Form Link




Note to all advisors: All payments are non-refundable, but students' names can be switched if needed. An invoice will be sent to you through email for payment. Make checks payable to UM Foundation--MSPA, and mail to:

University of Southern Mississippi
School of Mass Communication and Journalism
118 College Drive #5121
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

What's the registration deadline? September 19, 2014

Basic Schedule for MSPA Day at Southern Miss:

Student will begin the day with registration and a light continental breafast from 8 - 9 a.m. on the lawn behind the Lucas Administration Building. At 9 a.m., general assembly will begin with a great golden eagle welcome from Southern Miss President, Dr. Rodney Bennett, and then Ashton Pittman will deliver the keynote address.

Ashton Pittman, founder and managing editor of Deep South DailyAshton is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, where he earned a bachelor of arts in news-editorial journalism. He is the founder and managing editor of Deep South Daily, an online news magazine that emphasizes news, perspectives, politics and culture in the Deep South. Pittman began Deep South Daily as a blog project in a journalism class at USM, but continued the project after the class was over, eventually bringing on news writers and overhauling its concept. Along with his editorial duties, Pittman works across the spectrum of modern journalism, including multimedia, photojournalism, and social media. He credits his education in the MCJ program and his time as a student journalist – at The Radionian at Jones County Junior College and at the Student Printz at USM – for giving him the tools and skills he needed to be a successful journalistic entrepreneur in the fast-evolving world of new media.

Once students are dismissed from general assembly, they will be directed to sessions one and two before lunch, and then student will complete sessions three and four after lunch. Sessions will be one hour each, and will focus on the various areas listed above. Be sure to check out the bios of those leading the sessions...it's quiet an impress and skilled group! Lunch will be held on the lawn where the initial registration was set up. Students and advisers will have lunch choices of Chick-fil-A, pizza, or a vegetarian option.

Journalism Day will wrap-up at 2:45 p.m. after being dismissed from the fourth session.


MSPA Fall Journalism Workshop Basic Schedule