Department welcomes high school students to campus


Area high school students interested in mass communications came to campus on Sept. 23 for a morning of training in the department’s annual High School Student Media Workshop. A variety of learning sessions was provided for students interested in journalism, yearbooks, advertising or videography. One session focused on collect video footage on campus and using it for a mock TV show.


The department’s annual High School Student Media Workshop attracted more than 340 students from 12 area high schools.

Schools attending this year’s workshop were: Ballard County, Caldwell County, Calloway County, Crittenden County, Fort Campbell, Graves County, Mayfield, McCracken County, Murray, Paducah Tilghman, St. Mary, and Trigg County.

The Sept. 23 workshop began with greetings from Dr. Tim Todd, dean, Arthur J Bauernfeind College of Business, and Dr. Debbie Owens, interim chair, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Workshop director Leigh Wright announced the winners in the student media contest. Click here to watch the contest winner announcement which was played as part of the Workshop’s opening assembly.

The workshop was divided into three sessions with a variety of options for each session. Students and teachers were able to attend classes on advertising design and writing, feature writing and interviewing, writing effective headlines, sports still photography, latest trends in memory books, getting started with writing, InDesign basics, video field production, lighting, sports media production, on-camera interviewing and presentation, TV studio production, advertising sales, careers in the media, sports writing and reporting, social media, getting started with WordPress, finding story ideas, evaluating news sources for stories, looking good in print, writing on a deadline, broadcast announcing, writing effective news leads for print, broadcast & online, and a session for advisers.

JMC faculty and staff teaching in the workshop included: Gill Welsch, Dr. Robert H. McGaughey III, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Stephanie Elder Anderson, Chris Haynes, Dr. Debbie Owens, Elizabeth Thomas, and Orville Herndon.

Andrew Buehler and the Jostens staff presented three classes on yearbook trends. Jeremy McKeel and the Digital Media Services team presented several TV classes. Several JMC students hosted classes related to writing.

The 2017 workshop is scheduled for Sept. 22.

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Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

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