January 26, 2007

Samford Hosts College Journalists from Southeast

“...This is the first time for Samford to host the event in its 20-year history...”

Samford CrimsonAbout 300 college journalists from throughout the southeast are at Samford University Jan. 25-27 for the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC).

Students and faculty from 27 colleges and universities in five states will meet for three days of lectures and hands-on workshops on various aspects of print and broadcast journalists.

The event is co-sponsored by Samford’s department of journalism and mass communication and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s office of student media.  This is the first time for Samford to host the event in its 20-year history.

Keynote speakers are sports writer and talk show host Paul Finebaum and New Orleans Times-Picayune city editor David Meeks, whose newspaper won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Meeks, a Huntsville native, is a former reporter for The Birmingham News.
           
Finebaum will speak at a noon awards ceremony on Friday. Meeks will speak at a noon awards ceremony on Saturday.
           
Participants will receive advanced, hands-on classes in today’s cutting-edge computer software. Other topics include web design, blogging, podcasting, writing and publication design, and graphics.
           
Students will engage in on-site competitions in categories ranging from copy editing to media law to television anchoring.
           
Samford journalism professor Dr. Dennis Jones and Amy Kilpatrick of UAB’s office of student media are faculty co-presidents of SEJC. Student co-presidents are Lauren Welty and Megan Voelkel of Samford and Molly Folse of UAB.

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