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High School Journalism Workshop June 19-24

High school students can gain hands-on experience in journalism and other communication fields during the ninth annual summer workshop hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism.

The workshop will take place June 19 through 24 on the Auburn University campus. The cost is $300 per student and includes the registration fee, all meals, field trips and lodging for five days. Included in this cost is for the participant and two guests to eat at the closing banquet and awards presentation on Friday, June 24. Extra guests will cost $25 each.

Students will have the opportunity to compete for six $1,000 journalism scholarships to Auburn University. Scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance.

For one week, participants will become print reporters and multimedia producers, who are ready for any assignment that might arise in a high school environment. Not only will they learn how to report and edit the news, they will understand and appreciate the passion journalists have for their work. The participants will spend the week learning about the media from professional journalists and from Auburn University faculty.

Participants will take field trips to media sites to learn about newspapers, television news and multimedia journalism.

Students will stay in an AU campus residence hall with college-age chaperones. Dr. Jennifer Wood Adams, journalism program director, and Associate Professor Nan Fairley will serve as co-directors of the ninth annual workshop.

“To get the very best high school students to select journalism as a career, we need to fuel a passion for journalism in those students,” Adams said. “We hope through this journalism workshop that we are able to help spark that passion in the next generation of reporters and media professionals.”

Applications for the workshop will be accepted through Monday, May 2. The Alabama Press Association Foundation, the AU College of Liberal Arts and The Mobile Press-Register provide financial support for the workshop to offset the cost for participants.

“Our faculty are eager and excited about this wonderful opportunity to work with top students in the region,” said Fairley, who founded the workshop in 2001. “It will be a fun-filled program that will put students in direct contact with leading professionals in the media.”

For more information, contact Adams at (334) 844-2751 or by e-mail at

Join our Facebook group to see the websites and blogs the 2010 participants created, as well as pictures from the workshop. The group Web address is:!/group.php?gid=128295373869450 or type “Auburn University Summer Journalism Workshop” into the Facebook search window.

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