Auburn University to hold ninth annual high school journalism workshop in June

AUBURN – High school students can gain hands-on experience in journalism and other communication fields during the ninth annual summer workshop hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism, June 19-24.

The workshop will take place on the Auburn University campus. The cost is $300 per student and includes the registration fee, all meals, field trips and lodging for five days. The fee also covers the cost for the participant and two guests to eat at the closing banquet and awards presentation on Friday, June 24. Extra guests will cost $25 each. Students who need financial assistance also can apply for scholarships to attend the workshop.

Applications for the workshop will be accepted through Monday, May 2. The Alabama Press Association Foundation, the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts and The Mobile Press-Register provide financial support for the workshop to offset the cost for participants.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to compete for six $1,000 journalism scholarships to Auburn University.

For one week, participants will become print reporters and multimedia producers, who are ready for any assignment that might arise in a high school environment. Not only will they learn how to report and edit the news, they will understand and appreciate the passion journalists have for their work. The participants will spend the week learning about the media from professional journalists and from Auburn University faculty.

Participants will take field trips to media sites to learn about newspapers, television news and multimedia journalism.

Students will stay in a campus residence hall with college-age chaperones. Jennifer Wood Adams, journalism program director, and associate professor Nan Fairley will serve as co-directors of the workshop.

“To get the very best high school students to select journalism as a career, we need to fuel a passion for journalism in those students,” Adams said. “We hope through this journalism workshop that we are able to help spark that passion in the next generation of reporters and media professionals.”

“Our faculty are eager and excited about this wonderful opportunity to work with top students in the region,” said Fairley, who founded the workshop in 2001. “It will be a fun-filled program that will put students in direct contact with leading professionals in the media.”

For more information, contact Adams at (334) 844-2751, by e-mail at adamsj1@auburn.edu or go to http://cla-web.auburn.edu/cmjn/index.cfm/initiatives/high-school-journalism-workshop/.

Join the Facebook group to see the websites and blogs the 2010 participants created, as well as pictures from the workshop. The group Web address is: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=128295373869450, or type “Auburn University Summer Journalism Workshop” into the Facebook search window.

(Contributed by Jennifer Wood Adams.)

Contact: Jennifer Wood Adams, (334) 844-2751 (adamsj1@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)