The 22nd annual Southern Media Showcase will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Close to 400 regional high school students from schools in the Joplin and Springfield areas, as well as Southeast Kansas, will gather from 9 a.m. to noon inside Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

Southern Media Showcase involves a competition in print and video work, with close to 500 entries received this year. The program includes video highlights of the finalists’ work and awards presentation, with winners receiving medals.

Two representative from the Missouri Department of Conservation will make presentations at the event. Luca Bond, Communication Manager for the Missouri Department of Conservation, will share information about how the MDC works with media on a daily basis. Noppadol Paothong, a photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation and 2001 graduate of MSSU, will share his experiences as a nature photographer.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the creative work done by area students, and for them to hear from media professionals,” said Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV General Manager.

Southern Media Showcase is sponsored by the Department of Communication at MSSU, with faculty, staff and students working together on the event.

Supporters are the Ruth I. Koplin Foundation, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Press Association, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, KOAM-TV and the Southern admissions office.