University of Southern Indiana

High School Media Day

Area high school students and teachers are invited to our annual High School Media Day sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana, the Communications Department and the Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies.


8:00-8:50 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast (University Center East)

9:00-9:50 a.m. Welcome and Keynote address 

10-11:50 a.m. Breakout sessions 

Noon Lunch and Awards Ceremony 

(Dismissal between 1 and 1:30 p.m.)

Directions and bus instructions

Students should be dropped off in front of the Orr Center (see map). Busses should pull as far forward as possible to allow room for METS buses. After students are unloaded, buses can be parked in Lots K or L.

Students will walk along the temporary sidewalk in front of the construction site and enter the Performance Center (see map).

Once inside the Performance Center:

  • follow the signs for UC Meeting Rooms and Carter Hall which end at an elevator
  • go to the 2nd floor
  • the registration table will be in front of UC East 2217.

Keynote address

Have you ever said something on social media that you would never say in person? What is it about online communication that causes this? This talk will explore the research behind why so many people turn to the dark side on social media and what responsibility we have to bring it into the light.

Stephanie Madden, assistant professor of journalism and strategic media at the University of Memphis, will present our keynote address "The Dark Side of Social Media."

Breakout sessions

Sign up sheets for the breakout sessions will be available at the registration table. Teachers/advisers are asked to help direct students to sessions most appropriate for their interests. We ask that sessions that have limited seats not be filled with students from the same school.

Breakout Session 1: 

  • Image is Everything with Macabe Brown, Evansville Courier & Press producer
  • Sprucing up Your Stories with Erin Gibson, USI instructor of journalism & The Shield advisor
  • The TV Newscast with Dave Black, USI assistant professor of radio-television & Access USI advisor
  • Don’t Get Caught Sharing Fake News with Thawn Za Khai, USI Master of Arts in Communication graduate student
  • Editor’s Roundtable with Gabi Wy, The Shield editor-in-chief 

Breakout Session 2:

  • New Ways to Photograph Annual Events with Megan Thorne, The Shield chief photographer
  • Don't Be Boring Sarah Loesch, Evansville Courier & Press reporter
  • Multimedia Journalism with Chad Tew, USI associate professor of journalism
  • Video Editing Basics with John Morris, USI instructor of radio-television & The Spin general manager
  • Adviser Roundtable with Dave Black and Erin Gibson

Attending the conference

Registration is $15 per person. To register, complete the online registration form.

Registration questions may be directed to David Black at or 812-465-1048

Entering the contest

The HSMD newspaper and yearbook contest has two new features: online entry forms and a video contest!

Entries must have been produced by high school students and published during the previous calendar year to be eligible for competition.

Schools must attend High School Media Day to participate in the contest.

All newspaper forms and entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 25.

All yearbook forms must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 25, and one copy of the yearbook must be mailed and postmarked by Jan. 26.

All video forms and entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 25.

Winners will be announced at the HSMD awards luncheon. Contest questions may be directed to Erin Gibson at or 812-465-1125.

Contact Dr. David Black


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