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:

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.