Auburn University to hold second annual Journalism Advisers Workshop

AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts will host its second annual Journalism Advisers Workshop for elementary, middle school and high school newspaper advisers Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2 on the university campus.

Registration is open through Monday, April 30, at 5 p.m. The first 18 advisers to register and pay the workshop fee will be accepted into the program.

The Journalism Advisers Workshop blends journalism theory with practical, hands-on application to give participants the knowledge and skill set needed to start publications at their schools or take their publications to the next level.

Through a grant from the Alabama Press Association Foundation, tuition for the workshop is $250 per participant and includes all workshop sessions; three nights of hotel accommodations at The Hotel at Auburn University; a buffet breakfast at the hotel on May 31 and June 1-2 and lunch on May 30-31 and June 1; and all supplies.

Participants will share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender, or may reserve a single room at an additional cost of $99 per night, or $297 total, which will be due when the participant registers for the conference.

Tuition is $150 for local participants who do not wish to stay overnight, and includes all workshop sessions; a buffet breakfast at the hotel on June 2 and lunch on May 30-31 and June 1; and all supplies.

Teachers are an extremely important element in attracting students to journalism. Many working journalists say they were inspired by a teacher to enter the field of journalism.

“To get the very best students to select journalism as a career, we need trained, educated and inspired teachers to fuel a passion for journalism in their students,” said Jennifer Wood Adams, Auburn University’s journalism program director.

Workshop sessions will cover topics such as “Scholastic Press and its Importance in a Democracy,” “Newspaper Design – Telling Stories with Words, Pictures and Designs” and “Diversity in News/Diversity in Staff of Newspaper and Coverage of Stories.”

“We want Auburn University to be one of the forces responsible for having the nation’s newsrooms reflect the racial diversity of America,” Adams said. “To meet this goal, we recognize it is important to train and support our nation’s teachers. We are eager to provide teachers, through the Newspaper Advisers Workshop, with the basic skills they need to teach the next generation of newspaper reporters and editors.”

Participants will understand the restrictions that come from the Hazelwood Supreme Court decision, but also be ready to challenge those restrictions in the interest of informing the student body. Not only will they be better able to teach news reporting and writing, they will understand and appreciate the commitment journalists have to their work.

“The Auburn University Journalism Advisers Workshop is a must for newspaper advisers,” said Susan Shehane, adviser for the Wetumpka High School newspaper. “What I will take most from the workshop are tips from field experts – those in the news business, how to inspire students to take ownership and accurately report their school and community news. Especially for English teachers, this workshop is truly critical. I honestly cannot believe I started a school newspaper four years ago without this training.”

“Attending and participating in this workshop has made me more confident in my ability to lead and guide my newspaper staff,” said Brenda Johnson, an adviser for the PACERS Community Newspaper at Red Level Elementary. “Having the opportunity to meet and talk with different newspaper leaders and professors has made me more aware of the importance of journalism in our communities and world.”

Auburn University will award 2.6 continuing education units to eligible individuals who have registered for and attend all segments of the journalism workshop and who meet all learning objectives for the program. For information about CEUs, go to

Participants will check into the hotel on May 30, after 3 p.m. For more information about the hotel, go to

To register for the workshop, go to For more information, contact Jennifer Wood Adams at (334) 844-2751 or

(Written by Jennifer Wood Adams.)

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