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Loyola University New Orleans' Award-Winning School of Mass Communication Hosts Louisiana JEA Conference and Tom Bell Silver Scribe Contest

Loyola press release - January 31, 2018

Area high school students network and learn from leading journalism educators

Approximately 80 high school students will converge on Loyola University New Orleans on Thursday, as the university’s award-winning School of Mass Communication hosts the Louisiana Journalism Education Association’s annual conference and the annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Contest. Visiting students will enjoy a tour of Loyola’s fantastic facilities, including the university’s future J. Michael Early Studio, Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications, “Brand Lab,” and new Digital Communications Hub. They will learn from leading journalists — and hear the results of a recent JEA writing competition, in which the winner will be named the top journalism student in the state, and the prize is a full tuition scholarship to Loyola!

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La. 70118. Media are invited.

“The School of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans is happy to serve these young journalists as they begin their careers and plan their paths to college,” said Sonya Duhé, director. “Leading area journalists will be on hand to help advise students on issues from newscast directing and sports journalism to college searches to crisis communications, emerging trends, and social media storytelling.”

The Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

“The conference is designed as an opportunity for high school students to build professional skills and begin envisioning a possible future in journalism and communications,” said Albert Dupont, Louisiana JEA president and instructor in the Loyola School of Mass Communication. “This year, we are thrilled to announce that the winner of the JEA Louisiana State Journalist of the Year contest will receive a full tuition scholarship to Loyola.”

The Journalist of the Year will also represent the State of Louisiana at the JEA National Convention in San Francisco in April, Dupont said.

The Spring 2018 Louisiana JEA Conference is co-sponsored by the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, Louisiana Journalism Education Association, and the Press Club of New Orleans. The conference will feature sessions on yearbook, broadcast, online, social media, podcasting, and newspaper journalism. The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony after lunch, at which Journalist of the Year and Tom Bell Silver Scribe Awards will be presented. All events will be held on the third and fourth floors of the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola's main campus.

The agenda follows:

8 – 9:15 a.m. Check -In
Communications and Music Complex Building, 4th Floor, Studio, Room 402

9:30 – 10 a.m. Opening Session

Communications and Music Complex Building, 4th Floor, Studio, Room 402

10:10 – 11 a.m. – Session One

· Doug Mouton, WWL Sports Director of NO Press Club President, “Sports Broadcasting” – 4th Floor Studio, Room 402

· Shawn M. Donnelley Center Workshops “Dive into Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” – Donnelley Center, 3rd Floor Room 331

· Loyola Maroon Roundtable (Newspaper, Online and Broadcast – Maroon Student Leaders – Maroon Work Area – 3rd Floor

· Kel Lemmons – Balfour Yearbooks – “What’s Trending” – C& M Room 329, Lab

11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Session Two

· Darrin Post – WVUE-TV – Newscast Directing – Capstone Lab, Room 401

· Aaron Lee – Press Club Session – “International Sports Journalism” – Maroon Work Area, 3rd Floor

· Melanie Spencer – Louisiana Life Magazine, Acadiana Magazine, and New Orleans Brides Magazine – “Magazine Journalism and How to Get Your Foot in the Door” – C&M Room 305

· Kel Lemons – Balfour Yearbooks – “Top Ten Design Tips” – C&M Room 329 Lab

· Dr. Sonya Duhé – Loyola SMC Director and Albert Dupont JEA LA Director – Adviser Roundtable Session – Mass Comm Office Conference Room, 3rd Floor

12 – 12:50 p.m. – Lunch

1 – 1:50 p.m. – Session Three

· Lisa Collins – “Social Media Storytelling” – Loyola professor and former WDSU producer – 4th Floor Studio, Room 402

· Maroon Minute – Live Broadcast Demo – Maroon Student Leaders – Maroon Work Area, 3rd Floor

· R.J. Morgan, University of Mississippi Journalism Professor and Director of the Scholastic Press Association – “Yearbook Copy That Matters” – C&M Room 324, Lab

· Bridget Sherrill – Herff Jones Yearbooks – “I Should’ve Caught That! Why Details Matter” – C&M Room 329, Lab

2 – 2:45 p.m. – Closing Ceremony and Awards

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