T. Clark: 66th Southern Regional Press Institute


Photo: Taylor Clark holding a Miss Jessie’s sign at the Southern Regional Press Institute

From  February  23rd through February 24th, the Southern Regional Press Institute 66th annual event was held for Mass Communications and Journalism students to help guide students in their journey to success. With a focus of “Crisis Communication: Ethics and Accuracy in a Digital World,” there were workshops set in place for students not just for Savannah State, but others were welcomed, as well as faculty. During the required session,  the opening session, freelance Journalist Michael Ottey spoke of the key things that helped him to his success as well as what it will and may take for the new millennium to succeed .

With this opening session there were also other key components that stuck out most. Attending this session were mainly females who’s questioned pertained to more of the emotional appeal of success, such as how did Mr. Ottey feel about certain situations, and mainly the male responses were more detailed in “how to’s,” such as “how did you accomplish this, how did you connect with people.”

There were also women of this opening session: Kimberly Starks and Sandra Earley, both women of journalism.  Kimberly Starks, former Savannah State University Tiger, is the  manager of Media Relations for Georgia Lottery. Starks  was awarded the Louis J. Corsetti Award for Excellence in journalism.

Both women showed different stereotypes of women. Starks didn’t say much but her posture and stance showed a lot. Sandra Earley, more at the end of her career showed humor and comfort with her position. Meanwhile giving her speech, she displayed the position of comfort for the guest. While they both represented different peaks of their careers they both represented success.

E.Hampton/Woman in charge @SRPI


Photo by Ericka Hampton

Savannah State University hosted it’s 66th Annual Southern Regional Press Institute for the various mass communication majors on February 23-24, 2017. The turnout was excellent. There were many students that attended from the local high schools to surrounding colleges. SRPI is for those wanting a career in the mass communication world. SRPI offer workshops that are conducted by professionals within the field.

The opening event of SRPI started on Thursday with appearances from Savannah State’s own JMC professors, Ms. Jessica Sparks and Ms. Sandra Early. Mr. Michael Ottey was also a guest speaker at the opening session. He shared his thoughts within the media world, since he have traveled the world.

Soon after the opening session, SRPI hosted numerous, nonstop workshops. In particular I attended, How P.R Pros Can Anticipate Crises at Their Own Organizations.  This workshop was mainly for individuals seeking careers within Public Relations. The director of this workshop was a female by the name of Ms. Kimberly Starks. Ms. Starks is an APR, manager, and works within media relations for The Georgia Lottery. This event wasn’t directed by your typical individual. Ms. Starks is an African American woman, who display bravery, determination, and overall womanhood. Beating the odds, this woman was in charge.

K.Stone; “Art is long, life short”


IMG_4196 (1).jpgThe Southern Regional Press Institute event was an event that most Mass Communications and Journalism student was required to attend. During the opening session, I learned that “art is long, life is short” from freelance Journalist Michael Ottey. This phrase means to follow your dreams and your heart while you can. The women of this opening session was Kimberly Starks and Sandra Earley, both women of journalism.  Kimberly Starks, former Savannah State University Tiger, manager of Media Relations for Georgia Lottery, was awarded the Louis J. Corsetti Award for Excellence in journalism. This show the power as woman she is. There stigmas and stereotypes of women in journalism that it is difficult for them to excel but Ms. Starks beats the odds. Sandra Earley, while giving her humorous speech, Ms. Earley entertained the crowd. She helped the presence in the early morning to be uplifted.

One of the workshops I attended was dominated by women. It was a workshop called Career Preparation led by Wanda Lloyd, Kimberly Starks, and Serena Garcia, all women in the media. During this session i learned how to prepare for an interview, Resume and portfolios, how to market myself, things I should and should not do. Each one of them held a high position and accomplished many things in their field.

The workshops I attended were mostly dominated by women which showed that women has the power to excel in journalism.

Precious Hinton: Southen Regional Press Institute Event


(Photo by: COMM 2107’s Precious Hinton)

This past week the Southern Regional Press Institute was held at our illustrious university. The event was filled with students who are mass communication majors in the region. We all came out and met with professionals and professors to get acquainted to plan a successful future.

The opening session in the ballroom included very uplifting and necessary speakers. The speakers informed us about great equal opportunities for both genders in the business world. However even though the event was not specially aimed for women there was a greater about of women in the room then men. One significant speaker was Mr. Michael Ottey. Mr. Ottey was the first black journalist in South America. He gave us tips on how to be successful in the journalism career field. Mr. Ottey explained to us that the way he became the journalist he is today is by staying curious. He told us to always “be strong and have thick skin”

Precious Hinton: Betty White’s Life As An Older Woman In Business


(Picture by: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin , Article by: CNN’s Jason Kurtz)


In the interview Brooke Baldwin gets Ms. White to reflect on 78 years of being in the comedy industry. Betty goes into depth, discussing her experiences and the way people looked at her because of her age.  I’m the interview I noticed a stereotype. Betty was asked if she remembered the first time she got a laugh. I felt like that question stereotyped that old people cant really remember back so far.

Betty White explained that in her early days in Hollywood, comedy was left up to male colleagues and women were just to come and be pretty. White disagreed, she felt like it was more to it for women. Eventually her comedy career took off. She played in the iconic 1980’s hit, Golden Girls. The show changed people’s point of view on old women in comedy and paved the way for older women in comedy. White says she went on to star in several comedy sitcoms. She made is clear that she was “the luckiest old broad on two feet” and that she’ll do comedy until her time is up.


Precious Hinton: Michelle Obama After The White House


(Photo by Jodi Kantor, The New York Times)



Jodi Kantor begins this article  by saying the “mom in chief” charmed late night hosts and hula hooped with kids, but she wasn’t her full self in the public. Well if you ask me that’s already stereotyping, for one because Kantor put in quotations “mom in chief”. I feel like this description of Mrs. Obama is in quotations because its unbelievable that a women can be a mom and still be someone in charge of things. Then he goes on to say she only charmed late night shows and hula hooped with kids. This is down playing all that she did while serving our country as first lady. However maybe she wasn’t her full self to the public. This article’s main concern is will Mrs. Obama keep her voice. Kantor brought up when Mrs. Obama said “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable”. Now that Donald Trump, who has spread lies about Mr. Obama and intends to pulverize much of his work, is president democrats all over the world are looking forward to Michelle Obama speaking out.

D.Bond SRPI event

Diamond Bond at SRPI event

Diamond Bond at SRPI event

This past week the Southern Regional Press Institute was held at the school by the sea, Savanah State University. This is an event where mass communication majors in the region come out to meet with professionals and professors to make connections for a brighter future.

At the opening session, there were a few speakers that spoke of how great this opportunity is. The speakers consisted of both male and females, that spoke of great equal opportunities for all students no matter the gender. Scanning through the room, the women to men ratio was higher but the event was not aimed at just one gender. Mr.Michael Ottey the first black journalist in South America spoke at the opening session, giving his own personal tips on how to be successful in this career field. “Be curious” and “be strong and have thick skin” are statements that Ottey made to the audience when asked how he became who he is today.