Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-08-23


Samford University’s department of journalism and mass communication will host its annual workshop for high school students Thursday, Sept. 8.

The popular workshop will include sessions on various aspects of print, broadcast and multimedia communication. Veteran reporter Chris Pollone of NBC 13 will give the keynote address during the opening session at 9 a.m.

Morning session topics and speakers are:  news reporting and writing, Samford professor Dr. Julie Williams; television news reporting and writing, CBS 42 reporter Kaitlyn McCulley; magazine journalism, Birmingham magazine managing editor Carla Jean Whitley; and visual and multimedia storytelling, Southern Living magazine associate editor Erin Shaw Street.

Afternoon topics and speakers are: advanced reporting and writing, The Birmingham News staff writers Martin Swant and Hannah Wolfson;  online news reporting, The Second Front writer/blogger Kyle Whitmire; covering sports, Samford athletics communication director Mike Grace; newspaper design, Samford professor Dr. Dennis Jones; advanced television news reporting and writing, Samford professor Dr. Lee Farquhar; magazine design, Progressive Farmer magazine design director Donovan Harris; managing a school newspaper, Samford journalism professor Kenny Smith; and literary magazine publishing, Samford professor Dr. Jon Clemmensen.

A session will also be offered on photojournalism. Samford professors Clemmensen, Farquhar and Jones will be available to critique school media products furnished by workshop participants.

Registration check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The final session will conclude at 1:50 p.m. Cost is $4 per student. Advisors can attend for free. Lunch may be purchased at several locations on campus.

For more information, contact workshop coordinator Dr. Sheree Martin, Samford assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, at (205) 726-2394 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.