Student Media Symposium

“Why Student Media?”
Student Media Symposium for administrators

SIPA is hosting, in conjunction with the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association, a symposium on student media for administrators on March 5, 2016, during the annual SIPA convention.

Registration form (PDF)

What we offer:

  • Learn how to build and sustain a successful student media
  • Explore viable funding sources
  • Build strong relationships with your adviser and students
  • Earn recertification credit
  • Receive crucial legal and First Amendment information
  • Share your experiences with student media and the First Amendment
  • Be our honored guest at the Advisers’
  • Luncheon
  • Assistant principals are welcome to attend
  • Take advantage of special discounted registration and hotel rate
  • Door prize for an administrator in attendance

Schedule of events:

  • 9 a.m. – Introduction and keynote by Dr. Al Leonard, principal, South Pointe HS (Rock Hill, S.C.)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Building a Winning Journalism Program
  • 10:05 a.m. – Incorporating Honors Credit and Meeting High Standards
  • 10:20 a.m. – Break
  • 10:30 a.m. –  Examining the First Amendment
  • 11:15 a.m. –  Table Conversation Breakout Session
  • Noon – Lunch provided by Balfour Yearbooks. SIPA will recognize administrators in attendance
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion on building solid relationships between administrators, advisers and students

Principals are invited to join SIPA for the following evening activities:
Free admission to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet dinner, participation in the silent and live auction, discount stay at the Downtown Marriott and the Sunday morning awards ceremony.


Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center Executive Director

LoMonte joined the SPLC in 2008 after practicing law in Atlanta with Sutherland LLP and working as a clerk for federal judges in Georgia. Before becoming a lawyer, LoMonte was an award-winning journalist in Florida and Georgia where he won awards for both intvestigative journalism and political columns. He graduated from Georgia University’s Law School, where he was senior editor of the Georgia Law Review.

Dr. Al Leonard, principal, South Pointe HS

Dr. Al Leonard, principal, South Pointe HS Leonard is the principal of South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, S.C.) where he advocates free press, allowing South Pointe’s newspaper and online publications to print without any form of censorship. He won the 2013 Scroggins Award from SCSPA for his work with high school publications. He also was awarded SIPA’s Administrator of the Year award in 2008 as well as the same award in 2009 from the Journalism Education Association.

Beverley Bowman, principal, Nation Ford HS

Bowman is the principal of Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, S.C.). She has been the principal since 2006 and has allowed all five publication staffs at NFHS—newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, literary magazine and radio—to operate without prior review. She was awarded the 2014 SCSPA Scroggins Award and was SIPA’s Administrator of the Year in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to scholastic journalism.

Other speakers from across the Southeast will also share experiences, help facilitate and moderate discussions and participate in panel discussions.

SIPA 2015 Dates and Times

Sat., Feb. 28

  • Symposium: 9 a.m-2:30 p.m.
  • Lunch: Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Scholarship and Awards Banquet: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Auction: 8:15 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sun., March 1

  • Publications Awards Ceremony: 11 a.m.-Noon

Email Leslie Dennis at [email protected] with any questions.

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