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Appalachian hosts journalism workshop for high school students

BOONE—Appalachian State University will host the Northwest North Carolina Scholastic Journalism Day on Sept. 27.

The one-day workshop for high school newspaper and yearbook staff members and their advisors will be held at Plemmons Student Union and Belk Library and Information Commons. Sessions begin at 9 a.m.

Scholastic Journalism Day is cosponsored by Appalachian’s Department of Communication, the N.C. Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA) and the Winston-Salem Journal.

“The purpose of Scholastic Journalism Day is to help students enhance and improve their publications,” said Calvin L. Hall, an assistant professor in the Department of Communications who teaches journalism and helped coordinate the event. “Feedback we received from advisers who’ve attended our March workshops over the years told us that a fall workshop would be more helpful to their staffs, so we’ve moved the workshop to the fall to help them. I’m very glad to have the support of my department and university in this effort,” he said.

Members of Appalachian’s Department of Communications, NCSMA and Winston-Salem Journal staff will teach sessions on a variety of scholastic journalism topics, including photography, news reporting and writing, newspaper and yearbook design and online media.

Bradley Wilson, coordinator of student media at N.C. State University and a nationally known expert in student publication design, will lead the yearbook session.

“I feel it is so important to offer cost-effective, regional workshops that serve journalism students across the state,” NCSMA Director Monica Hill said. “I applaud Appalachian for joining the effort.” The NCSMA office is located at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information about journalism day, contact Hall at (828) 262-2221, Hill at (888) 562-6276, or Carole Ireland, Newspaper in Education coordinator at the Winston-Salem Journal, at 800-642-0925, extension 7449.