Saturday, June 20, 2015

News Conference June 21, 2015

Dear Reporters:

Please post your summary of the important points Jacqueline Proctor made on June 21 during her news conference/presentation.

At the conclusion of your comments, please write a list of key words and phrases that others may use to find your story.


Eddie Stamper said...

In media, information is key. People use the information they receive from the media to make critical decisions throughout the day. To make a long story short, information is everything; therefore, you must carefully choose your words. This afternoon, I and my fellow journalism workshop participants had the pleasure of meeting Jacqueline Proctor, Deputy Commissioner of West Virginia Senior Services. She gave short remarks about her personal and professional life while inviting us into the world of mass communication.

She provided us with an insurmountable amount of knowledge in the realm of journalism, providing us with four questions to ponder while interpreting media: Is there trust in the information you are conveying? Do you have credibility? Does integrity have meaning in the media? Is there enough diversity in the media? These questions aren't always hard to answer, but the truth might be. Mrs. Proctor gave us accounts of personal experiences in which she was "the only" as in the only woman or the only African-American. It was sadly enlightening to see how journalists and executives still faced sexism and racism in the 21st century. She overcame these odds to rise in the ranks in state government.

Proctor has held many high positions in state government, such as Press Secretary for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. With this job, she gained experience in press conference etiquette, which she politely shared with us. Press conferences are the most pertinent way to release information to many media outlets at once. While press conferences can sometimes only last for twenty minutes, a lot of work goes into the production. You must send an alert to media outlets so they can be prepared to cover the event, then you will send the actual press release to outlets. You must make many follow-up calls to ensure those invited are attending and make press kits with pamphlets, flyers, and fact sheets. You should make sure you have set aside a room or location, including a sound system, podium, and seating. The days before you must establish your content, develop a list of attendees, and rehearse!

In press conferences, as well as life, you must be confident in what you say. As Mrs. Proctor said, "Words are the coin of your realm." She has been a part of the media from a time when they had no email, to the integration of the fax machine (see Wikipedia for an explanation as to what that is). Media is changing every day, and the so-called "new media" today will be "traditional media" ten years from now. Thanks to Mrs. Proctor, I have a better understanding of press conferences, the world of journalism, and how to find myself and what I want to do.

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Alyssa Verbus said...

I had the privilege to attend a press conference with the one and only, Jacqueline Proctor. Ms. Proctor is Deputy Commissioner with the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. She began the presentation by handing out a piece of paper. She had us close our eyes and follow an arrangement of steps. When the activity concluded, all of the participants' paper was different. She explained this by pointing out that everyone processes information differently. Ms. Proctor has been working since the age 16. While watching her mother work as she grew up, she concluded that all women work for a living. She knew she wanted to attend a university and get a job. She found her family supportive and her future exciting. Ms. Proctor graduated from The University of Maryland. She had only good reviews for the University. She told us questions to ask when writing. You need to ask yourself, "Do I trust this information? Do I have credibility? Does this information have meaning anymore? Does this piece have enough diversity?" You are almost fully guaranteed to have an excellent article if you ask yourself these question before publishing it. Throughout the entire presentation, I was beyond inspired. She told us to know who we are before someone else defines who you are for you. I am beyond honored that I had a chance to listen to her life story and ask questions to fully understand her success.

Lee Johnson ll said...

Jacqueline Proctor is the highest ranked African American government official in the state of WV. I was presented with the opportunity to be an audience as she upheld a press conference. She works in the mass media and is a Deputy Commissioner with the WV Bureau of Senior Services. I have obtained a lot of decent information regarding a press conference and journalism. Here were the lessons I took from her. Keep a statement brief when explaining any story. Be prepared for any questions that may come to you after you have finished with your statement. These lessons helped shape my feelings toward Journalism and my future career path, because now I have learned more about it. A quote Ms. Proctor had said was "Be real. Be you." when she was referring to when you write. At the same time she said "It's not about you." This has made me realize that it's not all about getting the fame for a excerpt like J.K. Rowling. Journalism is about the voice. It doesn't matter who's voice it is. Let it soar in the world of english language and teach others about the privilege to speak in your voice.

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Tanisha Thomas said...

I had the opportunity to attend a press conference with Jacqueline Proctor as the speaker.

The topic of discussion was Journalism. Ms. Proctor gave us her insight on what Journalism is and how it effects the world around us. I cherished every bit of information Ms. Proctor had gave us during the conference and learned extra tips/perks along the way.

Ms. Proctor is the Deputy Comissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. She has had a drive for journalism at a very young age and belives that journalism influences the way people look at the world and words are the "coin of your realm".

There are four important questions to ask yourself before thinking of Journalism as a career:

1. Is their truth behind what you're saying?
2. Do you have credibility or sources behind your message?
3. Do you have integrity?
4. Think about the diversity of your media. (Race, gender, age, lifestyle, opinion, etc...).

Ms. Proctor mentioned that words are critical when conveying your message. Everyone is listening. "Know your message and what you are trying to say," Ms. Proctor suggested. How can you bring justice to journalism?

Ms. Proctor also talked about the importance of press conference setups. Make sure you are familiar with where the conference will be held (location), if there is a podium or table, the seating arrangement, and sound check. The speaker should also rehearse their lines or speech several times before presenting it. Make sure it is brief and clearly established.

Execution is everything in journalism. Knowing what message you are trying to send to the world and how you present it, will determine how the world sees you as a person and what change they should bring about in their community as well as the world.

As Ms. Proctor said "Get a sense of who you are and do not let someone else define who you are."

Jesten Richardson said...

On this evening, June 21, prominent West Virginia communication guru Jaqueline Proctor held a mock press conference for a small group of high school journalism students.
The goal of this staged event was to prepare these students for their varied futures in journalism, by giving them crucial insight from a person with a vast wealth of knowledge encompassing the field.
Proctor started gently, opening with various facts about her personal life, but it wasn't long before she dove into the hard questions.
"Can a source trust you?" Proctor asked. "Do you have credibility? Do you have integrity? Do you cover diversity? Can you do justice to journalism?"
According to Proctor, a problem with the current news world is that some reporters are not thinking critically about their words, choosing instead to use inflammatory language and rub salt into wounds.
"Words matter," said Proctor. "How you select them, how you string them, can make a world of difference."
She also stressed the importance of being open minded and using unique angles and perspectives to improve the current journalism world.
"My mother always used to say 'go so you can come back'," said Proctor. " I choose to take it as meaning go out and experience the world, so you can come back and share it with others."

Malik Brown said...

Today Ms. Proctor who was a journalism major gave us a presentation of what journalism means to her how it effected her life and what you need to know to be a journalist. Ms. Proctor started off by giving us some of her insight on journalism. She explained that it was a job that requires you to have trust be credible and diverse and also to understand that your words matter. She went on to tell us about her personal life talking about her husband who is a singer and father who was ex-military. Ms. Proctor expressed her love for traveling and learning new things in new places she gave a quote from her mother who said "Go so you can come back." Ms. Proctor shared her opinion on classic and new styles of journalism and how the newer style of journalism overshadows the old. Ms. proctor gave us examples of the pros and cons of journalism and getting information by saying "The amount of sources are beneficial to us but not all of them are accurate so try to ensure you use credible sources" Ms. Proctor gave us a how-to guide about conducting a press conference and what you would need for preparation. Ms. Proctor was a truly inspiring woman who was informant and a had a extremely comfortable and calming presence.

Elijah Murphy said...

Today was my first day meeting Mrs. Proctor. Mrs. Proctor came to the journalism workshop here at Marshall. She has shared with the other students and I that she likes art, music, and she also likes to travel. She says that her husband is both a great cook and singer. Before she came to Marshall she studied at Maryland. Mrs. Proctor works with the media arts. She also works with the Bureau Senior Services.

Farid Grier said...

Ms. Procter started out by telling us basic information about herself. She introduced her main subject by say "Just because everyone gets the same information doesn't mean everyone understood the information the same way." She demonstrated this to us by making us close our eyes, rip off corners of a piece of paper, and then open our eyes to show us that everyone's paper was different. Ms. Procter explained that she liked art and music, and she said her husband was interested in art and music. She has zero children. She is in the field communication and media. She gave us the questions we should ask ourselves as a journalist. These questions included: is there trust, is there credibility, is there integrity, and is there diversity. Ms. Procter shared an interesting quote that her mom used to tell her, "go so you can come back."

Hannah Stanley said...

I attended a press conference today held by Jacqueline Proctor on the subject of journalism and media training for students possibly taking on such fields as careers in the near future. Proctor is the Deputy Commissioner for the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, as well as the highest ranking black American in West Virginian government. Her experience with corporations such as ABC Television have lead her to be an admirably educated and experienced woman for aspiring youths planning on entering a career in professional writing in mass media. Before students were permitted to ask Proctor a series of questions associated with her fields of experience, she gave a brief, yet knowledgable statement about both what to expect and what to know when becoming a journalist.

Her discussion went over varied themes that one must learn before entering the world of professional public literature. In this segment, Proctor recommended that future journalists keep in mind that trust, credibility, integrity, diversity, and the power of language are key to becoming a molded and wise writer. Using this to her advantage, Proctor has become a formidable and respected figure in West Virginia's state government.

During the conference, the inevitable subject of race and gender in today's society was mentioned by a participating student. Proctor responded to such claims by recognizing the inevitable prejudice toward women, and more so people of color found in most fields of work. When facing this topic, Proctor discussed her shock upon discovering that she was the highest ranking black American in West Virginia's government. Though she knew that her race is undoubtably a minority in the state, the undeniable fact that those that do live here are capable and intelligent citizens perfectly qualified left her wondering why more weren't hoisted to such important positions.

Proctor, over the years, has become a prime representation of success in the line of communication and media. She is an experienced and valued woman with a shining history of strong development and varied experiences. Her value and humbling talent remain paramount thanks to crippling practice and inspiring determination. Jacqueline Proctor is, without a doubt, a qualified role model for future journalists all across West Virginia.

mackensii said...

Jacqueline Proctor qualifies as the highest ranked African American in West Virginia. Jacqueline sees herself as an incredible over achiever, while crediting her "drive." Jacqueline is currently a deputy commissioner. She listens to music in her free time. She likes to travel, although she hasn't recently. She has also always had a career. Jacqueline started working at 16. Seeing herself working with communications was a must for Jacqueline. Her freshman year she majored in speech/hearing science. However, that didn't seem to work for her. She then switched majors. Jacqueline spoke several words, and phrases, of advice. "The realm is so big that a lot of people are doing okay with journalism, or lukewarm with it." She said to create a good sense of who you are, or others will for you. While being successful seems easy, she surely worked for it. Along the way, she's had elaborate experiences with her career. Jacqueline has achieved what most only scratch the surface of.

Bethany Mercer said...

Jacqueline Proctor is a very successful woman. She currently is working as the Deputy Commissioner - West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. Proctor has worked in a variety of areas. Through her work she hopes to teach people to not give up. She said " We should share and support as much as we can to help better the future." Proctor was happy to announce that she has been asked to be a part of these jobs and didn't have to apply to get the jobs. Proctor has had to deal with the fact that guys are more known to do the jobs than a woman is. Proctor said " woman are not looked at as bad for any jobs as they were when she first started in the work field. Taking risk and putting yourself out there is what is the biggest thing to remember. Finding out who you are as a person and not letting others define you is what you always need to remember. Proctor said she believes she is the highest ranked African American in West Virginia's government. Jacqueline sees herself as an incredible over achiever. Jacqueline has experienced what most only scratch the surface of.

Madison said...

The opening activity for the Marshall University Journalism Workshop was to attend a presentation by Jacqueline Proctor, Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and highest ranking African American in West Virginia state government, and prepare questions regarding her experience in her line of work or the preparation for career opportunities in the field of journalism. Proctor discussed her personal experiences to inform the class of the attributes necessary to enter the professional world of journalism with integrity.

When asked where her inspiration for beginning her career began, Jacqueline Proctor explained that she had always shown interest in communications and media. She continued to emphasize the importance of journalism in modern society, as well as the rapid changes in technology and international influence and their impact on the professional world. She made clear the vitality of credibility in the media for the quickly developing world, and the impact these influences can have. She explained the need to eradicate prejudiced social and political bias when exchanging information in the media, and that professional interpersonal communications was not an outlet for expression of opinion.

She also covered the topic of holding a successful news conference and how the presentation of specific and accurate information to a group of news writers in a sophisticated manner. She spoke of the places and times for essential logistics such as press release, background information, organized facts, well-practiced presentations, and meeting editorial guidelines.

She pointed out the challenge a profession in the field of journalism poses in this day and age and that there is room for exploration in the field when searching for a career. Over all, she strongly encouraged student interest in journalism as a study. She was a fantastic informational speaker and an inspiration to the students who attended.

destinywager said...

The Marshall University Journalism workshop attended a press conference held by Jacqueline Proctor. Proctor spoke on what is necessicary for journalism and how to run a press conference. She has held many hats throughout her career and having ran press conferences for the governor she was a great resource for the students.

Hannah Stanley said...

Twitter: @hannahswagley



1) Law/How to bend the rules to help you become a better journalist
2) Social Media/Using it to our advantage
3) Press conferences/building questions/learning new information
4) Photography/taking advantage of your surroundings/using photography to build onto your stories
5) WMUL/sharing information verbally to a large audience

Alyssa Verbus said...

News Budget: June 22, 2015. The top class that I would love for my school to attend is photography. The teens of this age would be able to learn how to take a proper "selfie. This would include the absence of too many filters and only half of his or her face. I believe that WMUL-On The Air would also be a great interest due to the fact that my classmates would get the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the radio.

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Eddie Stamper said...

SOJMC Summer Workshop June 22 News Budget: 1. Students were given the opportunity to record news briefs during our visit to WMUL, Marshall University's cutting edge radio station. 2. Students became photographers as Professor Rebecca Johnson taught the aspects of photograph composition. Participants later went into the field during a photography session around campus where they experimented with what they just learned. 3. Professor Dan Hollis gave a lecture on Sunday night in which he explained that an education in journalism can be useful even if you don't become a journalist and how important journalism is to society. 4. Jacqueline Proctor, Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, held a press conference following lunch Sunday afternoon. In her briefing she explained how a press conference worked and her journey through the world of journalism.

Twitter: @eddiestamper

Blog: The Life and Times of Eddie

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Farid Grier said...

News Budget:

1).WMUL on the air- to get people interested and learn how important it is
2).Photography- to let them connect to the artistic side
3).Interviewing- to develope their communication skills

Bethany Mercer said...

Photography is the first subject I feel is the best for my school. My generation has been taken over by photographs. My school is opening up their own journalism and broadcasting center. Second choice would be WMUL- on the air because people need to know what goes on behind the scenes. Students at my hight school I think would find this interesting. Third thing would be the Press Conference. People at my school love to ask as many questions as they possibly can. They have so many ideas and thoughts that could be answered when a guest speaker comes in. I feel this would help better their future of communication. The fourth thing would be Law. Every person needs to know their limits. Knowing the law would better prepare them for the real world. The last thing I feel they need to know is blogging. Everyone in my high school knows how to blog or tweet. This is the way they communicate these days.

Farid Grier said...

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destinywager said...

News Budget
1-WMUL-on the air
2-writting 2


Tanisha Thomas said...

My new budget order was the following:

1. Writing I and II because I believe writing plays a vital role in communication. I also believe with technology playing a big role in communication, people should apply their handwriting skills in their writing so they can establish their message clearly.

2. Law is second because It reminded me of my AP Gov class and the different court cases we learned. It was a drab learning and memorizing the different court cases, but I thought it was interesting they came back to haunt me to give me a greater lesson in Journalism.

3. WMUL - On the Air because it reminded me of my Music Technology class and showed how important radio stations are to the world and the people.

4. Photography was last because I recently learned about photography in my Multimedia class and I enjoyed taking the elements I learned in the photography class and using them as I took pictures of various trees. flowers, people, and landmarks.

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mackensii said...

WMUL- On the Air is a great experience, and I feel that every student should have the chance to experience the magic of making a broadcast. Many more people would be interested in the field, I feel. My school will have a broadcasting room set up for the 2015-16 school year, which will be wonderful for anyone wanting a career in the journalism aspect.

Photography is also an elaborate field, whether you plan on majoring/minoring in such, or you just like to take selfies. The population of my school adores 'selfies.' A photography lesson would be great for a lot of students. They could use some tips! Also, taking pictures is really interested at Oak Glen. Most people take pictures. So with the right teachings, several people could benefit from this class.

Law tends to be something most students lack in, yet they need to know how far they can truly push their limits. Many love to argue certain subjects, or at least I do!

The Press Conference with Jacqueline Proctor was entertaining. It was also very useful with learning more information on not only Jacqueline, but also on journalism. Many would find a press conference interesting at my school.
Twitter: @bethanyandkenzi

Elijah Murphy said...

News Budget : June 22, 2015. Top classes I know my friends who like were Blogging, Tweeting, and Photography. These are some of my friends favorite subjects to study about.

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Jesten Richardson said...

News budget
1. Photography- At our school, only the yearbook kids have a knowledge of the cameras and how to take an acceptable picture for our media sources, so we need to change that and have fun while doing it.
2. On the Air- We don't have a radio station at my school, but I can't think of a person who wouldn't love to have one and be a part of one.
3. Blogging and tweeting- Although a large amount of students have blogs and twitter accounts, we do not take advantage of these means or know how how to use them properly as a whole.
4. Writing- Writing can be fun and very useful to learn.

twitter: @jesten_jesten6

Lee Johnson ll said...

The Marshall University Journalism Workshop provided a great experience for me to learn. Professor Hollis provided a great personal experience of taking a law class. His lecture on how laws have two sides to them was memorable and really intelligent to say the most. Then the one I found the next important after that was the photography class held by Professor Johnson. She gave a in-depth experience on what qualities a photograph has that makes it unique. I've learned a lot and looking forward to having more fun.

Twitter: _datboyleroy_

Madison said...


1) Press Conferences/ building questions/ logistics of careers in journalism
2) Law
3) Blogging/tweeting/practical use of social media
4) Writing and proper grammar usage
5) WMUL radio

Kaitlyn Toney said...

1. Law with Professor Hollis displayed and discussed fairness in media communications. Students of a high school journalism and mass communications camp strongly grasped certain debates. Students held strong arguments with Professor Hollis. Students fought against the problems and situations he threw at them. All of which, led to more discussions.

2. Writing Two with Dr. Swindell gave a future outlook of being a journalist. Dr. Swindell assigned students a news report to brief and announce.

Twitter: @toney_kaitlyn

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