Auburn Hosts High School Journalism Workshop

Auburn University is hosting a journalism workshop for aspiring high school students from Alabama and Georgia. I spent about one hour with them this evening. Now, they have a blog. Nothing there, yet. The students began writing their first stories this evening. So, check back during the week.

I’ve been evangelizing, again. This is the second summer the students have used CMS to post their stories during the workshop. Last summer, the students posted their articlces on the department site.

Students will travel to the Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery, among other trips. They will write stories about the experience, perhaps including interviews. Also, they will write brief biographies of themselves. Then, after the workshop, the students will publish other stories to the blog from their home cities.

Nan Fairley is the faculty coordinator of the workshop:

Kaffie Sledge, award-winning columnist for the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, will serve as workshop director. “We’re excited about being able to bring a group of talented young people together for this workshop. We want them to have fun, but we’re bringing them here to learn,” she said.

Throughout the week, students will have opportunities to work closely with professionals and professors. Field trips and other events will complete a full week of activities. Students will stay in a campus residence hall with college-age chaperons.

Dale Harrison, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism, said, “Our faculty are eager and excited about this wonderful opportunity to work with top students from the region. It will be a fun-filled program that will put students in direct contact with leading professionals in the media and esteemed faculty in our department.”

The Alabama Press Association and the AU College of Liberal Arts are providing financial assistance for the workshop, the third hosted by the Department of Communication and Journalism.