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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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SIPA broadcast members win Emmy awards

SIPA broadcast members win Emmy awards

Two SIPA member programs won 2017 National Student Production Awards, better known as Emmy Awards, from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

SCSPA honors Rising Star adviser, magazine and yearbook programs

SCSPA honors Rising Star adviser, magazine and yearbook programs

SCSPA presents the Bruce E. Konkle Rising Star Award and magazine and yearbook program awards at the fall conference.

SCSPA honors outstanding students, advisers, friends of scholastic journalism

SCSPA honors outstanding students, advisers, friends of scholastic journalism

SCSPA awarded four deserving recipients with its highest accolades at the 2017 Spring Conference.

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Ann Blaskowitz

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Ann Blaskowitz

Mary Ann Blaskowitz served as the editor of the Palmetto Leaf in 1966. She had no idea she'd come back to Camden HS to advise the student newspaper for nearly 20 years.

SIPA Alumni: Rebecca Pittman

SIPA Alumni: Rebecca Pittman

Rebecca Pittman is a media planner at Brunner, a marketing organization responsible for one of the most memorable Super Bowl 2017 advertising spots.

Wando senior named Journalist of the Year

Wando senior named Journalist of the Year

Sophie Winnick, a senior at Wando High School (Mount Pleasant), has been named the South Carolina Journalist of the Year by SCSPA.

Students awarded scholarships at SIPA convention

Students awarded scholarships at SIPA convention

SIPA awarded scholarships to three outstanding scholastic journalists at the annual SIPA convention held March 3-5, 2017 in Columbia.

SIPA honors outstanding administrators, alumni and staff

SIPA honors outstanding administrators, alumni and staff

SIPA honored several of its outstanding administrators, staffers and alumni at the annual SIPA convention held March 3-5, 2017 in Columbia.

SIPA Alumni: Mills Hayes

SIPA Alumni: Mills Hayes

A former yearbook editor at Lexington High School, Mills Hayes is now pursuing a broadcast journalism degree at the University of South Carolina, where she's the station manager for SGTV.

SIPA Alumni: Bertram Rantin

SIPA Alumni: Bertram Rantin

A former SIPA president and SCSPA Journalist of the Year, Bertram Rantin brings 30 years of journalistic experience into the classroom at USC.

SIPA Announces Keynote and #MySouth Campaign

SIPA Announces Keynote and #MySouth Campaign

Kyle Tibbs Jones of The Bitter Southerner will give an interactive keynote at the 2017 SIPA Conference on Saturday, March 4.

SIPA adds new ways to connect through social media

SIPA adds new ways to connect through social media

SIPA uses social media to connect with, educate, offer advice to and entertain members. Find out how the organization uses three platforms.

SIPA Alumni: Megan Plassmeyer

SIPA Alumni: Megan Plassmeyer

SIPA helped instill an investigative mentality that's been vital to Megan Plassmeyer in her advocacy work at the Women's Rights and Empowerment Network.

SIPA Staff: Justin Brouckaert

SIPA Staff: Justin Brouckaert

Justin Brouckaert earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina in May 2016 and has been telling SIPA success stories since August 2016.

Fall newspaper and online individual competition winners announced

Fall newspaper and online individual competition winners announced

SCSPA has announced the winners of the 2016 Fall Excellence in Scholastic Newspaper Awards (ESNA) and the 2016 Fall Online Individual Competition.