Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-08-26

Samford University will host its annual journalism and communication workshop for high school students Thursday, Sept. 17.

The program will include writing, editing and production sessions, professional reviews of student submissions, career advice from media professionals and sessions for teachers and advisors.

Veteran Birmingham newscaster Jim Dunaway of CBS 42 will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m.

Morning sessions will cover writing for newspaper, magazine, sports and television.

Afternoon sessions on production and operations will include such topics as newspaper and magazine layout, photojournalism, television production, staff organization, story ideas, legal issues and interviewing. There will also be time for critiques of individual print and broadcast submissions.

Registration check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The day's program will end at 2 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase on campus.

Registration is $4 per student. Advisors may attend for free.

The popular workshop is sponsored by Samford's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication with funding support from the Alabama Press Association Education Foundation. For information, contact JMC department chair Dr. Bernie Ankney at (205) 726-2465 or (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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.