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Edinboro University announces speakers for annual High School Journalism Day

Posted on April 2nd, 2019 at 2:48 PM
Edinboro University announces speakers for annual High School Journalism Day

An award-winning business journalist and a local television news producer will serve as keynote speakers April 25 at Edinboro University’s 13th annual High School Journalism Day. 

Kevin Kleps, assistant editor of Crain’s Cleveland Business, will speak at noon as part of the awards luncheon. Karlee Dies, a news producer with Nexstar Media Group, will open the event with a talk at 9 a.m. 

Kleps, an Erie native who began his journalism career at the Meadville Tribune, received multiple journalism awards in 2018, including first place for “Best Body of Work” in the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) Editorial Excellence Awards. At Crain’s, he is responsible for layout and design, and also contributes stories for both the print edition and website. 

In addition, the Edinboro University graduate writes a popular sports blog that focuses on the business aspects of Cleveland’s professional sports teams. 

Dies has been employed by Nexstar Media Group since graduating from Edinboro University in 2017. She currently has a radio show on WFXP and works as an associate producer for the weekday JET-24 Action News programs at 5 and 6 p.m.

Journalism Day will run from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. Workshops for students and faculty will be offered on a variety of topics. Panelists include Joseph G. Cephas, vice president for communication and brand experience with the American Society of Interior Designers; Mike Fenner, a sportscaster with JET-24/FOX66/; and Marissa Orbanek, communications specialist with the General McLane School District. 

A $1,000 scholarship will be presented at the awards luncheon, as will cash prizes provided by the Meadville Tribune and JET-24/FOX66/ Interested students and teachers can register for Edinboro University’s Journalism Day by visiting the homepage of the Department of Communication, Journalism & Media on the EU website. Seats are limited. Questions can be directed to Dr. Ron Raymond by emailing or calling (814) 732-1317.