Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-04

Samford University will host its annual journalism and communication workshop for high school students and advisors Thursday, Sept. 18.

The event is sponsored by Samford's journalism and mass communication department with funding support from the Alabama Press Association Education Foundation. Professional communicators will lead sessions on writing and editing, production and operations.

FOX 6 sports director Rick Karle will present the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. in Samford's Brock Recital Hall.

Morning session topics include writing for newspaper, magazine, Web, sports and television news.

Afternoon topics will cover magazine and newspaper layout, photojournalism, television production, staff organization, advertising sales, story ideas, legal issues, and interviewing for print journalism and television. There will be time for individual publication review and critiquing by Samford faculty members.

Cost is $4 per student. Teachers attend free. Registration check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of Brock Recital Hall. Lunch may be purchased in the Samford food court or cafeteria. The workshop will conclude at 1:50 p.m.

Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 15. For information, call Samford journalism and mass communication department chair Dr. Bernie Ankney at (205) 726-2948 or email

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.