AU to offer sixth annual summer journalism workshop for high school students

AUBURN – The Auburn University Department of Communications and Journalism will offer a summer workshop in journalism and other communication fields June 8-13 for up to 20 students from Alabama and Georgia high schools.

The workshop is free to participants, who are selected through a competitive application process and must currently be high school juniors.

During their weeklong visit to Auburn, students will have opportunities to work closely with communication professionals and professors, take field trips and interact with staff members from the university’s campus newspaper and radio station. Room and board in a campus residence hall with college-age chaperones will be provided at no charge.

Assistant professor Jennifer Adams and associate professor Nan Fairley will serve as co-directors of the sixth annual 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,” said Adams. “We hope through this journalism institute that we are able to help spark that passion in the next generation of newspaper reporters and editors.”

Applications for the workshop will be accepted through April 30, and student selections will be announced by May 15. The Alabama Press Association Foundation, the AU College of Liberal Arts and the Mobile Press-Register are providing financial support for the workshop, which is the sixth hosted by the AU Department of Communication and Journalism.

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

For more information and application forms, contact Fairley at (334) 844-4593 or by email at fairlln@auburn.edu or go to http://media.cla.auburn.edu/cmjn.

Contact: Nan Fairley, (334) 844-4593 (fairlln@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)