News 2017 Convention, University of Mississippi April 7, 2017 admin About 200 students and faculty listened to the panel discussion, “Assault on the Media.” The banquet hall at the Oxford Conference Center was packed for the Best of the South Awards and Jerry Mitchell’s riveting account of his investigations of unsolved civil rights murders. Southern fried catfish was the main course for the BOTS Awards Banquet. Patricia Thompson organizes the medals before the Onsite Awards Luncheon. Jerry Mitchell, famed investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, addressed the Best of the South Awards Banquet. At left is Patricia Thompson of Ole Miss, host of this year’s convention. Students peruse the newspapers and magazines from the SEJC’s member schools. Most of the convention events took place in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, which contains fascinating historical exhibits. Oxford, the city where the University of Mississippi is located, is fraught with history, including Rowan Oak, home of Nobel Laureate William Faulkner.