Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-08-28

Samford University will hold its annual High School Communications Workshop for students and advisors Thursday, Sept. 13. The event is sponsored by Samford's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Brett Blackledge, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Birmingham News, will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. His topic will be "Investigating Corruption in a New Media Age."

The day's program w ill include how-to writing, editing and production workshops for students, and separate sessions for teachers.

Morning sessions will cover writing for newspaper, magazine, Web, sports and television. Speakers are: Tiffany Ray, The Birmingham News; Billy Simms, Cooking Light; Garrett Lane, Southern Progress Digital; Ray Melick, The Birmingham News; and Chris Pollone, WVTM TV.

Afternoon sessions will cover newspaper and magazine layout, Web design, photojournalism and television production. Speakers are Napo Monasterio, The Birmingham News; Donovan Harris, The Progressive Farmer; Andy Evans, Man in the Maze Marketing; Tamika Moore, The Birmingham News; and Scarlet Thompson, former Fox 6 producer.

Several sessions are designed for advisors. Topics and speakers are: legal issues, Samford journalism and mass communication chair Dr. Bernie Ankney; newspaper review, Samford media relations director Bill Nunnelley and Associated Press Managing Editors projects director Carol Nunnelley; and television review, Samford JMC professor Dr. Jon Clemmensen.

Cost is $4 per student. Teachers attend free. Registration check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Brock Recital Hall. The program will end at 2 p.m. Lunch can be purchased on campus. Advance registration is requested by Monday, Sept. 10. For information, call the Samford JMC department at (205) 726-2465.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.