Joplin, MO – More than 300 area students are expected to attend the 20th annual Southern Media Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Missouri Southern State University.

The students represent 16 schools, ranging from Joplin and Southeast Kansas to Springfield and Branson. They will compete in 13 print and 15 video categories. This year, more than 400 entries were received. Finalists will be featured and winners will be announced at the event.

Activities will kick off with a program at 9 a.m. in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium. Awards will be announced at 11 a.m.

“It’s great to see the wide range of work by these high-school students, and to be able to recognize them for their accomplishments,” said Judy Stiles, general manager of KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern. “The students also enjoy seeing highlights from their peers’ work, as they share a common interest in media.”

The program will feature MSSU graduate Patricia Pham as the keynote speaker. She is a Los Angeles-based video producer and media specialist. In addition to her BA in Mass Communication from Missouri Southern, she earned an MFA in Cinematic Production from the University of Southern California. Her works include award-winning short documentaries, and she is currently developing her first feature film.

Southern Media Showcase Day is presented by the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern. Faculty, staff and students work together on presenting the event. It is support by funding from the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Press Association and the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Support is also provided by KOAM-TV and the admissions office at Missouri Southern.