Workshop to feature screening of Freedom Summer Documentary - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Workshop to feature screening of Freedom Summer Documentary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

A free public screening of the documentary "Freedom Summer" is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Stout Hall B at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. 

The screening is part of the Remembering "Freedom Summer" Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop. The School of Mass Communication and Journalism is putting on the workshop June 15-22 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The documentary tells the story of Freedom Summer in 1964 and was previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Freedom Summer saw hundreds of students from the North join other civil rights activists to launch a massive voter registration drive for African Americans in Mississippi. The documentary will air on PBS June 24, but the workshop was able to get an advance screening. 

"We are so fortunate to get a sneak peek at this documentary because it will provide so much context and history for the workshop participants as well as the campus and Hattiesburg community," said Gina Chen, assistant professor and workshop director. "I really hope the Hattiesburg community will join us as we watch this film." 

The multimedia workshop will teach 16 Mississippi high school students how to cover the news using print, photos, videos, broadcast, radio, and social media. Students will spend eight days on campus, learning these skills by covering the Freedom Summer 1964 50th Anniversary Conference. 

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism is putting on the workshop with support from the Dow Jones News Fund, Raycom Media, Canon, and the Mississippi Press Association.

More information about the workshop is available at http://www.usm.edu/mcj or on the workshop news website athttp://southernmisshsworkshop.weebly.com/ or Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/USMmultimediaworkshop. Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/HSjournalists.

For more information contact Gina Chen, workshop director, at gina.chen@usm.edu or call 228.229.2783.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Judge Curry has high hopes for Hub City Municipal Court

    Judge Curry has high hopes for Hub City Municipal Court

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-09-19 22:23:05 GMT

    A new municipal court judge will be sworn in later this week in the Hub City. Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry will replace Judge Jerry Evans starting October 2nd as the new municipal judge. Curry will hold both judge positions after a ruling from the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office. “Because both positions are in the judicial branch of government, a person can serve in both positions at the same time without violating the ...

    More >>

    A new municipal court judge will be sworn in later this week in the Hub City. Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry will replace Judge Jerry Evans starting October 2nd as the new municipal judge. Curry will hold both judge positions after a ruling from the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office. “Because both positions are in the judicial branch of government, a person can serve in both positions at the same time without violating the ...

    More >>
  • Laurel mayor expects positive economic outlook

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-09-19 21:39:07 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said things are looking better for the city. 

    More >>

    Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said things are looking better for the city. 

    More >>
  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-09-19 21:31:37 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

    More >>

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

    More >>
Powered by Frankly