Auburn offering high school journalism workshop June 14-19

AUBURN – The Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism will host a group of up to 20 students from Alabama and Georgia high schools in a summer workshop during which students will gain hands-on experience in journalism and other communications fields.

The workshop will be held Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19. During their week-long visit to Auburn, students will have opportunities to work closely with communications professionals and professors, take field trips and interact with staff members from the university’s campus newspaper and radio station.

Registration, room and board are free to selected participants. Students will stay in a campus residence hall with college-age chaperones.

Assistant professor Jennifer Adams and associate professor Nan Fairley, in the Department of Communication and Journalism, will serve as co-directors of the seventh 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 Auburn University College of Liberal Arts and the Mobile Register are providing financial support for the workshop.

“Our faculty are eager and excited about this wonderful opportunity to work with top students in the region,” said Fairley, the workshop’s founder. “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 Nan Fairley at (334) 844-4593 or fairlln@auburn.edu.  Applications forms and other information are also available on the department’s Web site at http://media.cla.auburn.edu/cmjn.

(Contributed by Nan Fairley.)