Southern Short Course 2008

The Southern Short Course in News Photography is America’s longest-running photojournalism seminar. Originally founded by the Carolinas Press Photographers Association, the SSC is now a non-profit independent organization. With its outstanding faculty, the SSC’s sole purpose is to provide educational programs for students and photojournalists. Even though the word “southern” is in the name, the competition has no geographic limits and is open to anyone, student or professional.

Mark your calendars! The 59th Southern Short Course in News Photography will be held March 26-30, 2008 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park in Charlotte, NC.


THURSDAY, March 27
Student and Judging Day
9:00 a.m. 2008 Southern POY and Southern Student POY contest judging – Closed to participants
Noon Registration desk opens and single category contest judging – Open to participants
1:00 p.m. Speaker – Michelle Williams, The Birmingham News
2:00 p.m. Speaker – Jason A. Frizzelle, The Daily Reflector
3:00 p.m. Break – sign up for Lighting I
3:30 p.m. Speaker – Greg Kahn, Naples Daily News
5:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
5:00 p.m. Breakout: Lighting I, David Hobby (Note: 50 students only)
7:00 p.m. Breakout: Lighting I (reprise), David Hobby (Note: 50 students only)
9:00 p.m. Student Coffee House: H. Rick Bamman, The Northwest Newspaper Group
9:00 p.m. Single Category Contest Judging continues – Open to participants
10:00 p.m. Reception and portraits, lobby/bar area, open to everyone
FRIDAY, March 28
Multimedia Day
9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Single Category Contest Judging – Open to participants
1:30 p.m. Sign up for Friday critiques and lighting sessions near registration desk
2:00 p.m. Breakout: Online Portfolios and Marketing: Grover Sanschagrin, Vice President of Marketing for PhotoShelter, and Executive Producer for and Emilie Sommer, NewsWeddingPhotographers.Com
3:30 p.m. Coffee break
4:00 p.m. Breakout: Multimedia on Deadline, Ashlie White, Director of Communications, Adaptive Technologies
6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. Friday Keynote Speaker: Multimedia, the New Photojournalism, Cathaleen Curtiss, Director of Photography, AOL
9:00 p.m. Reception, lobby/bar area, open to everyone; Portfolio Critiques with available judges, breakout session leaders, attending photo managers and professors in Ballroom
SATURDAY, March 29
Content Day
7:30 a.m. Registration desk opens. Canon and Nikon will be taking equipment for clean and checks. Equipment should be picked up by 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
8:00 a.m. Trade Show opens; Sign up for Nikon Shoot Out; Sign up for critiques and lighting sessions starts at registration desk
8:15 a.m. Eye Opener, Soundslides presentations by H. Rick Bamman; Announcements and door prize drawings
8:30 a.m. Speaker: Nanine Hartzenbusch, Freelance
9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Rick Loomis, The Los Angeles Times
10:30 a.m. Special breakout session: “The Future of Photojournalism”
11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own; Nikon Shoot Out begins
12:50 p.m. Door prize drawings
1:00 p.m. Breakout Session I
3:00 p.m. Breakout Session II
5:00 p.m. Breakout Session III
6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own; Trade Show closes
8:30 p.m. Reception in lobby/bar area; Door prize drawing and auction in Ballroom
9:00 p.m. Portfolio Critiques with judges, breakout session leaders, attending photo managers, professors and instructors
SUNDAY, March 30
Speaker, Special Event and Awards Day
8:00 a.m. Registration desk opens
8:15 a.m. Eye Opener – Soundslides presentation by the 2008 SSC interns
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Jeff Widener, Honolulu Advertiser
9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Bill Bangham, IMB
10:30 a.m. Coffee break sponsored by Canon
11:00 a.m. Sunday Keynote Speaker: Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated
Noon Special Event and POY awards ceremony
1:00 p.m. Raffle Drawing
1:30 p.m. Adjourn – See you next year!

Speakers & Schedule subject to change

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