2/12/03

Nan Fairley, 334/844-4593

AUBURN OFFERING HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM WORKSHOP

AUBURN -- Minority students from Alabama and Georgia high schools will get a crash course in journalism and other communication fields during a summer workshop hosted by the Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism. The workshop, including room and board, will be free to participants.

The Mobile Register is a major sponsor.

Applications for the workshop, scheduled for June 8-13, will be accepted through March 31, and student selections will be announced soon afterward, according to Nan Fairley, director of the AU journalism program.

Kaffie Sledge, award-winning columnist for the Columbus, Ga., Ledger Enquirer, will direct the workshop. "We're excited about being able to bring a group of talented young people together for this workshop," she said. "We want them to have fun, but we're bringing them here to learn."

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 chaperones.

"Our faculty are eager and excited about this wonderful opportunity to work with top students from the region," says Dale Harrison, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism. "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 first hosted by the Department of Communication and Journalism. The Mobile Register is providing scholarship funds for top camp participants.

For information and application forms, contact local high school publications advisers or Fairley at the AU Department of Communication and Journalism, 309 Tichenor Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849, 334/844-4593. You also click here for application forms and other information.

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