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At last year’s OSMA state convention, more than 1,000 awards went to students in 58 categories and student media at 40 schools in Ohio. Executive director Candace Perkins Bowen read names of those who won superior to the cheering audience of 350. (photo by John Bowen)

SUBMISSIONS, DONE. REGISTER NOW!

Don’t forget — OSMA is more than just submitting your best work forward! The state convention at Kent State University is Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017, so plan to attend to learn from a wide variety of sessions and meet other student journalists and get inspired.

Take part in the Day-Of Contests, where students can compete against each other in news reporting, commentary, photography, editing or design for the coveted bragging rights. Head over to the FirstEnergy Auditorium to participate in our Swap Shop and share your publication’s finest and/or check out what other schools have done. Dine in with us Friday night for the awards banquet to cheer on your school and fellow student journalists, as well as hear from our special keynote speaker! This is the year you don’t want to miss. Register now!

Need recommendations on where to plan your stay? Check out our list of nearby hotels and motels with special Kent State event discounts.

MEET OUR 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, CONNIE SCHULTZ

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, and Professional in Residence at Kent State University. In 2005, she won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns that judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged.” Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Parade, the Atlantic, ESPN Magazine and Democracy Journal.

Schultz was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for her series, “The Burden of Innocence,” which chronicled the ordeal of Michael Green, who was imprisoned for 13 years for a rape he did not commit. The week after her series ran, the real rapist turned himself in after reading her stories. The series won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award’s Best of Show and journalism awards from Harvard and Columbia universities.

She is the author of two published books: “Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths,” a collection of essays, and “…and His Lovely Wife,” a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

Schultz and her husband have four grown children and five grandchildren. They live in Cleveland, Ohio with their rescue dog, Franklin.

 

Questions? Contact Candace Bowen at cbowen@kent.edu.

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