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Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
201 South Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506

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Jennifer Faulkner
S.C. Press Association

SCPA Collegiate Meeting and Awards Presentation
Hosted and sponsored by The Patriot, Francis Marion University

This event is open to collegiate newspaper staffs and advisers.

Join us for a day of training and celebrating Collegiate Journalism in the Palmetto State!

The meeting will be hosted in the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in the Black Box.

Agenda for Collegiate Meeting:
9:30 – 10 a.m.               Registration and newspaper swap

10 – 11 a.m.                  Opening Session
"Why real news matters"  |  Featuring Francis Marion University's Executive Director of Public Affairs Tucker Mitchell, former Florence Morning News Editor Harry Logan, Coastal Carolina University Journalist/Media Executive in Residence Trisha O'Connor and SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers as moderator

11 – 11:15 a.m.              Break

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.      Panel Discussion
"Multiplatform Journalism"  |  Featuring Florence Morning News multimedia journalists Jessica Imbimbo, Josh Lloyd, Shamira McCray and Digital Editor Matt Robertson as moderator

12 – 1 p.m.                    Lunch
Boxed lunches will be provided courtesy of The Patriot, Francis Marion University

1 – 1:40 p.m.                 Afternoon Session
"Life after graduation"  |  Featuring Carolina Forest Chronicle journalists Kristyn Winch, Viraj Naik and Editor Charles Perry

1:45 – 2:10 p.m.            Roundtable Discussions (choose one)
                                                   - writing
                                                   - design/photography
                                                   - Web/multimedia/social media
                                                   - editing/management

                                                   - advisor discussion

2:10– 2:15 p.m.             Break

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.            Closing Keynote addresses with Collegiate Journalists
                                    of the Year

2:35 – 3 p.m.                 Awards Presentation

You must register by April 14.

Cost to attend is $5.

Parking will be available at:

  • City of Florence parking garage located on Cheves Street north of the Center
  • DHEC and the Pee Dee Mental Health Center on Cheves Street
  • St. John's Episcopal Church and Poynor Adult Education Center on Dargan Street
  • First Citizen's Bank and Central United Methodist Church on Irby Street 
    Click here to view a map of available parking lots nearby. 

 Payment options: 

  • You can securely pay by credit card here. You'll be prompted after registering your newspaper's attendees. 
  • You are also welcome to pay by check. You can select the "Pay by Check" option when checking out and SCPA's address will be listed. 
  • If you'd like to be invoiced, simply select "Pay at the Door" and we'll email you a PDF invoice that you can submit for payment later.