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SCPA honors collegiate journalists at Clemson on March 31
Seventy students attended SCPA's Collegiate Meeting & Awards Presentation at Clemson University on March 31.
Students shared ideas, learned about social media best practices and attended a session on getting a job or internship. Additionally, students celebrated some outstanding collegiate journalism within the state of South Carolina!
Special thanks to The Tiger at Clemson University for hosting and planning the meeting.
Thanks to our panelists and presenters: Ryan Gilchrest, The Post and Courier Greenville; Dr. Vareva Harris, The Woodruff Times; Riley Morningstar, The (Seneca) Journal; Andrew Wigger, The Newberry Observer; and David Ferrara, Blake Mauro, Caroline Bridges, Justin Robertson and Sydney Westphal of The Tiger.
SCPA presented awards from the 2022 Collegiate Contest, including General Excellence winners: The Patriot of Francis Marion University (Under 5,000 division) and The Tiger of Clemson University (Over 5,000 division).
SCPA also awarded Journalist of the Year awards to David Ferrara of The Tiger at Clemson University (Over 5,000 division) and Mitchell Mercer of The Bluestocking at Presbyterian College (Under 5,000 division).
Check out the winners presentation! View and download slides containing winners’ name, newspaper and graphic representation; additionally, view judges’ comments for First Place winners and secret winners!
View Collegiate Winners Presentation
2023 SCPA Foundation Internships & Scholarship
Coastal Carolina University
Madison Sharrock is named the first Mundy Scholar recognized from Coastal Carolina University. Sharrock is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in communication with a specialized focus in interactive journalism, also minoring in media and digital culture.
As a sophomore and first-generation college student, she has been named on the President’s List each semester to-date. Sharrock was recognized as the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture’s Outstanding Freshman for the 2021-2022 academic year, as well as the Outstanding Sophomore for 2022-2023.
As this year’s Mundy Scholar, she will receive $1,000 to put toward her education. The Mundy Scholarship is given in memory of R. Frank Mundy, the late publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood and the first president of the SCPA Foundation.
Sharrock joined her college newspaper, The Chanticleer, late in her freshman year and became the Assistant Editor at the beginning of her sophomore year in 2022. She covers investigative news stories happening on CCU’s campus, and lately has begun to report on sports as well. Her involvement as Assistant Editor gave her the opportunity to be an Associated Press Stringer for the 2022 election precincts in South Carolina.
Sharrock is originally from Shelby, Ohio, and attends CCU on the President’s Scholar Award. She enjoys playing tennis and video games, as well as spending time with her friends and family when she can.
“It’s such an accomplishment and honor to represent Coastal this way,” Sharrock said. “The hardest work goes unnoticed. So when it’s rewarded, it’s a great feeling.”
The Foundation is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship to Mari Pressley of Winthrop University. Pressley is a mass communication major who minors in writing and photography. A native of Columbia, Pressley is the daughter of Malcolm and Malai Pressley.
She has a diverse background in writing, interning on Credit Karma’s Editorial Team last summer. She is also the managing editor of her college newspaper, The Johnsonian.
She has been named one of The Charlotte Observer’s interns this summer.
In her free time, Pressley enjoys photography, as well as being a social media and editorial lead for maibeauty, a brand that sells beauty products for women of color.
“I know the skills I have acquired throughout my time as a student journalist at Winthrop have prepared me well,” Pressley said. “During my time at the Charlotte Observer, I hope to continue developing valuable news writing capabilities and acquiring more hands-on experience.”
Intern, The State
University of South Carolina
Sydney Dunlap of the University of South Carolina will spend her summer at The State.
She is a sophomore journalism major from Greenville. She serves as the editor-in-chief of USC’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, and as a communications intern for the South Carolina Honors College.
Dunlap first became interested in journalism after working for her high school yearbook. She enjoys reporting on community events and has won awards for her photography and multimedia reporting.
Dunlap is a triplet and, in her free time, enjoys discussing the latest movies or TV shows with her sisters.
“I love how journalism allows me to connect with and make a difference in the community,” Dunlap said. “I can’t wait for all the new opportunities I’ll have at The State and know that I’ll end the summer with so many helpful skills as I continue my career in journalism.”
Intern, The Post and Courier Greenville
David Ferrara is an economics and philosophy major at Clemson University.
Originally from Shelton, Connecticut, Ferrara came to South Carolina with a clear goal of pursuing a career in law after his time at Clemson.
He will complete his summer internship at The Post and Courier Greenville.
During his sophomore year, Ferrara started writing for his campus newspaper, The Tiger, covering the University's response to COVID-19 and other local topics. By March, his peers had elected him as editor-in-chief, and he began to grow the newspaper and its staff. Recently, he started an internship at The Journal in Seneca, South Carolina.
Having submitted numerous Freedom of Information Act requests as a student, Ferrara advocates for transparency among public institutions and is interested in media law.
“I’m excited to learn more about investigative journalism,” Ferrara said. “My upcoming internship with The Post and Courier in Greenville will be an invaluable experience for me to improve my research and writing skills for my career."
Ferrara also volunteers at a local elementary school through a Clemson program to tutor students and make college more accessible. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar and spending time outdoors.
4 USC students named Dow Jones News Fund interns
We're excited to see so many USC students (including some former SCPA Foundation interns) in the 2023 Dow Jones News Fund internship class! Congrats, Stephen Pastis (Fortune), Kailey Cota (The Current), Audrey Elsberry (The Charlotte Observer) and Reagin von Lehe (New York Cannabis Insider)!
Looking for a job or internship?
Collegiate members are encouraged to use SCPA’s website to view current job and internship openings in the newspaper industry. There are several current entry-level opportunities in reporting, sales, digital news production and design, as well as paid internships for this summer!
Need speakers for fall training?
If you'd like an SCPA staffer or professional SCPA member editor or publisher to come speak with your news organization next fall (new staff bootcamp or other training event), please reach out over the summer so we can plan. Topics include SCPA services/benefits, getting a job or internship, writing, editing, design, photography, social/digital media and FOI/libel/fair use/copyright. We're happy to come to your campus to work with your staff!
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