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O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference

For collegiate journalists and educators

3/28/2018
When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
10:00 AM
Where: Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
1152 Lakeland Dr
Jackson, Mississippi  39216
United States
Contact: Monica Gilmer
601-981-3060

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Student journalists from across the state and members of the Mississippi Press Association will convene for the 20th Annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Jackson. This year’s event will feature a presenation by award-winning investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger and a discussion about covering politics and elected officials. We will conclude with the presentation of the Better Newspaper Contest Student Division Awards. There is no cost to journalism students or advisers from any Mississippi college or university to attend.

 

The stories of Clarion Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell (left) have helped put four Klansmen and a suspected serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, helping lead to investigations, exonerations, firings and reforms of state agencies. A winner of a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant and more than 30 other national awards, including being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is writing a memoir about his pursuit of civil rights cold cases, Race Against Time, for Simon & Schuster.

 

Since 1999, the O.C. McDavid Memorial Fund, administered by the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation, has underwritten the cost of this conference to promote journalism education in the state.


The conference is named after the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of the Jackson Daily News, who actively pursued a second career as an artist and sculptor after retiring from journalism. The MPA is proud to focus a portion of these sessions on coverage of community lifestyles and the arts.


Attendees receive a copy of “My Name is O.C.,” his autobiography.

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