Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-08-22

Samford University will host its annual journalism/mass communication workshop for high school students and media advisors Thursday, Sept. 14.

The event is sponsored by Samford's journalism/mass communication department with funding support from the Alabama Press Association Education Foundation.

The program will feature sessions led by professionals representing a variety of communication-related careers.

Students and advisors will learn about writing, editing and producing for print, broadcast and web outlets. They can receive professional critiques of their work and insight into various careers.

NBC 13 anchor/reporter Fran Curry will be the morning's featured speaker. Her topic will be "Why I do what I do and what I wish I had known about it when I was younger."

Morning workshops will be led by Anna Velasco, reporter, The Birmingham News; Deborah Lowery, freelance magazine writer; Julie Keith, editor, Portico magazine; Ray Melick, sports columnist, The Birmingham News; and Scarlet Thompson, Alabama director of communications and marketing, American Cancer Society..

Afternoon sessions will feature Napo Monasterio, designer, The Birmingham News; Donovan Harris, director of art and production, Progressive Farmer; Garrett Lane, editor,; Tamika Moore, photographer, The Birmingham News; and news anchor Devon Walsh, meteorologist Dennis Washington and sports anchor Rick Karle, all of Fox 6.

Registration check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. in Dwight Beeson Hall lobby, with the opening program at 9 a.m. in the same building. Lunch will be available in the Samford food court or cafeteria. The program will conclude at 2 p.m.

Cost, excluding lunch, is $4 per student. Advisors attend free. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. 


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.