Press Club


Several topics were on the agenda for Press Club’s April 11, 2017 meeting.  Topics included a discussion about the success of the club’s fundraiser, elections of the club’s officers for the fall 2017 semester, a presentation by a comm 427 student who is currently an intern at the Daily Star, and the upcoming mock press conference with PRSSA.

Press Club held a trivia night fundraiser on April 5th and though there was a decent turnout, the club thought the fundraiser was a success.  The club was able to raise $200 and this was the first time the club held a trivia night.  The club members who created the Jeopardy style game and created the questions asked to contestants, as well as the members who helped plan and promote the fundraiser were praised.  The club also discussed ways to improve the trivia night for future fundraisers.

The club elected six officers to lead Press Club for the Fall 2017 semester.  Only one of the six officers elected was an incumbent.  Two of the officers are senior communication students and the remaining four officers are freshman.  The officers elected were Justin Redman president,  Helen Launey, vice president, Brandon Stelly, Jaylon Morris, secretary, treasurer and two newly created officers, Jennifer Dettwiller, historian and Larshell Green, public relation.

Each candidate detailed their goals and plans in a speech to the members, and club members asked questions to the president and vice president candidates.  Justin Redman, president elect said “I would like to see us write more stories for the Southeastern U Reporter, and to work on developing our skills as journalists.”  Redman described some of the ideas he has to achieve his goals, and those ideas included guest speakers who would describe writing techniques, interviewing tips, and broadcast news tips. Even though the Southeast Journalism Conference is not until February 2018, Redman wants to prepare club members for the onsite competition held at the conference because the experienced members are graduating this semester or the fall 2017 semester.

A requirement for comm 427 students is a presentation about their involvement for the semester, and Justin Redman made his presentation about his experience as the press club intern at the Daily Star.  Redman described how he compiled information for the paper’s annual Summer Fun Guide, his articles published in the paper, and what makes the People of Tangi section fun.  Redman explained that the interview is the best part of that section.  He said the interview may only be 10-15 minutes but it is the best 10-15 minutes of the day.

The next topic discussed is one Press Club members were excited for and that is the mock press conference with PRSSA.    This is the second semester the two comm organizations have teamed up for this event.  The mock press conference is an event that is used to strengthen bonds between the comm organizations, which is a goal of current Press Club President Connor Raborn.  “The comm departments should work together, these activities strengthen our skills for our respective fields and builds our network and understanding of how our organizations work together.” Connor Raborn said.

The Press Club concluded their meeting by congratulating the new officers and wishing members a safe and fun Spring Break.


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