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Scholastic Organizations

The scholastic media organizations of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications serve middle and high school journalism programs in South Carolina (S.C. Scholastic Press Association) and the Southeast region (Southern Interscholastic Press Association). Through conventions and conferences, evaluative services, scholarship opportunities and various individual competitions, SCSPA and SIPA strive to empower, educate and support scholastic journalism programs.

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Chloe Sears, Hannah Watts named SIPA Stars

Chloe Sears, Clarke Central HS (Ga.), and Hannah Watts, Catawba Ridge HS (S.C.), are named the first SIPA Stars of the school year. SIPA Stars is a showcase series that spotlights individual students, celebrates their content and exemplifies good Southern journalism at work in scholastic classrooms. 

Artist Olivia Lake named SIPA Star

Olivia Lake, the newest SIPA Star from Sparkman HS (Ala.), is able to make ideas come to life through her art. SIPA Stars is a showcase series that spotlights individual students, celebrates their content and exemplifies good Southern journalism at work in scholastic classrooms. 

SCSPA names Olivia Potter Journalist of the Year

Potter is from Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and is currently one of three co-editors-in-chief of the Legend yearbook.

Craig Melvin named 2021 convention keynote speaker

Craig Melvin, Columbia native and "Today Show" news anchor, will participate in our first "Convention Conversation," led by former SIPA president Amanda Loveday.

Analis Bailey announced as special speaker at 2021 convention

Analis Bailey, a UofSC SJMC alumna, will speak live to convention attendees on March 5. Bailey works for USA Today as a sports reporter.

Natalie Ripps recognized as SIPA Star

Natalie Ripps, Clarke Central HS (Ga.) literary-arts magazine co-editor, is the second student named a SIPA Star, a showcase series that spotlights individual students, celebrates their content and exemplifies good Southern journalism at work in scholastic classrooms. 

American Heritage, West Henderson receive technology grants

The SIPA Endowment Committee awarded two technology grants this year due to COVID-19. WAHS News broadcast at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida and Wingspan news program and Westwind yearbook at West Henderson HS in Hendersonville, North Carolina received $500 for technology.

SIPA members receive national recognition, awards

SIPA members snag big awards for individual achievements as well as for overall publications from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll Honor Society.

Ebony Christie named first SIPA Star

Ebony Christie, Richland Northeast HS (S.C.) producer, becomes the first student recognized as a SIPA Star, a showcase series that spotlights individual students, celebrates their content and exemplifies good Southern journalism at work in scholastic classrooms. 

Endowment to award two technology grants

Since the school year will be virtual, the SIPA Endowment Committee will award two $500 technology grants to members.

SIPA adopts six cornerstone values

This summer, SIPA adopted six cornerstone values that coincide with its new mission statement.

SIPA recognizes individuals for service at 2020 convention

SIPA recognized several individuals for their service at the annual convention held March 6-8, 2020 in Columbia.

Amanda Heckert announced as 2020 convention keynote

Amanda Heckert, a University of South Carolina alumna, will be the Saturday morning keynote speaker at the 2020 convention. Heckert is the deputy editor at Garden & Gun magazine and editor of the magazine's latest book, Southern Women.

Lori Oglesbee-Petter named 2020 Endowment speaker

Lori Oglesbee-Petter, former SIPA chair, has fought fiercely to protect the practice of journalism. When the principal of Prosper HS implemented prior review, she taught her students how to stand up for themselves and for their first amendment rights. 

SIPA members win at 2019 National High School Journalism Fall Convention

SIPA members snag big awards for individual achievements as well as for overall publications from the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association at the 2018 Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C. Nov. 21-24.

 

 

 


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