Keynote speakers announced

May 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

The JEA/NSPA Fall 2015 National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Andy Staples
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12

Andy Staples

Andy Staples

Andy Staples has covered college football for Sports Illustrated since 2008. Before that he covered University of Florida sports for The Tampa Tribune from 2004-08, high school sports for the Tribune from 2002-04 and University of Tennessee sports for the Chattanooga Times Free Press from 2000-02. He also vaguely remembers how to put on pads. In another life he was the worst walk-on offensive lineman in the history of the Southeastern Conference. In spite of Staples’s obvious inability to block, the Florida coaching staff still allowed him to receive a national championship ring for the 1996 season. Recently, he has found a way to shoehorn his caloric intake into his written copy by incorporating restaurant reviews into a weekly college football column called Punt, Pass and Pork. Staples holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida. He is married with two children and resides in Gainesville, Fla.

Eric Deggans
2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13

Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org and the website’s blogs such as Code Switch, Monkey See and The Two Way. He came to NPR in September 2013 from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper in Florida, where he served as TV/Media Critic and in other roles for nearly 20 years. A journalist for more than two decades, he is also the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at how prejudice, racism and sexism fuels some elements of modern media, published in October 2012. Eric has won reporting and writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, The Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of News Editors.