Auburn University to hold 10th annual high school journalism workshop in June

AUBURN – High school students can gain hands-on experience in journalism and other communication fields during the 10th annual summer workshop hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, June 17-22. The workshop is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors; graduating seniors are not eligible. Only the first 25 paid registrants will be accepted to the workshop, which will be held on the Auburn University campus.

The cost is $500 per student and includes the registration fee, all meals, equipment, 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 keynote address on Friday, June 22. Extra guests will cost $25 each.

Applications for the workshop will be accepted through Wednesday, May 2. An early bird rate – $75 off the regular registration fee – is available to those who register and pay their fees by Friday, April 6. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to compete for three $1,000 journalism scholarships to Auburn University.

For one week, participants will become print reporters and multimedia producers, 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 write news, columns, feature and sports stories, learn the art of photojournalism, and how to shoot and edit video. All participants will create their own websites to showcase their work from the workshop. Cameras will be provided to the participants for use during the workshop.

In addition, participants will visit the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. While in Montgomery, participants will tour a television station, a newspaper office and newsroom and will meet with professional journalists.

Students who need financial assistance to attend the workshop can apply for one of five workshop scholarships that will be awarded based on financial need. Preference will be given to those students who will be editors of their school newspapers the following school year, who are from diverse backgrounds and/or those who meet financial need criteria. Students must apply for a scholarship by Monday, April 16, and will be notified of their award status by Monday, April 30. Scholarship recipients are required to pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee by Friday, June 1. Students who received scholarships to attend the workshop in previous years are not eligible to apply for a 2012 scholarship.

Students will stay in a campus residence hall with college-age chaperones. Jennifer Wood Adams, journalism program director, and Nan Fairley, associate professor, 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.”

The Alabama Press Association Foundation; PACERS, an Alabama rural community-outreach program; and the Department of Communication and Journalism provide financial support for the workshop.

Go to http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cmjn/initiatives/high-school-journalism-workshop/ for program details and to register. For more information, contact Adams at (334) 844-2751 or by email at adamsj1@auburn.edu.

(Contributed by Jennifer Wood Adams.)

Contact: Jennifer Wood Adams, Journalism Program Director, (334) 844-2751, (adamsj1@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)