Press Day Monday on campus features provost news conference

About 150 students from area high schools attend Youngstown State University’s Spring Press Day Monday, April 27, featuring a press conference with YSU Interim Provost Martin Abraham.

The press conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will be led by WFMJ TV anchors Lauren Lindvig and Mike Case, Vindicator editor Todd Franko and others. After receiving tips about how to ask questions from the media professionals, the high school students will then ask Abraham questions.

Later in the morning, students will spend time talking about how to improve their school newspapers, broadcasts, literary magazines and websites. The last event at 11 a.m. is an awards ceremony where students will be recognized for achievement in a wide range of fields from video commercials to news stories.

Alyssa Lenhoff-Briggs, director of Press Day and a journalism professor at YSU, said the events give high school students great exposure to new ideas and knowledge that they then take back to their high schools.

“Students learn so much at Press Day,” she said. “During the Fall Press Day event, they can learn how to tell a video story, how to build a website or how to assemble a staff that will work together. At the Spring Press Day, we don’t have as much time. During the Spring, we just like to do a quick bit of learning and then celebrate their accomplishments.”

For more information, contact Lenhoff-Briggs at 330-402-1016 or