TROY, Ala.—Nearly 350 high school journalists from around the southeast region will call Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication home on Thursday for J-Day, a high school journalism workshop.
The students will participate in 15 workshops, touching on subjects such as reporting, editing, writing, photography, layout and design, social digital media and broadcast news.
The sessions will be held and Wallace Hall and the Trojan Center.
Associate Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication Dr. Jeff Spurlock said J-Day will present learning opportunities for high school students interested in various fields of journalism.
“These are students who have an interest in their high school newspaper or their yearbook or if they have a radio station or television station,” Spurlock said. “It’s just to give them more in-depth knowledge of what journalism is all about.”
J-Day will also allow the students to compete for awards in the Student Media Competition. Prior to J-Day, schools submitted either three newspaper issues, three TV or radio broadcasts, or a copy of their most recent yearbook. Winners will be announced on J-Day and will receive either a plaque or a certificate.
Assistant Professor of Journalism Steve Stewart said J-Day is also a great way to recruit students who may be interested in attending TROY.
“It’s a good way to provide a service to the students who are coming here and the advisors and teachers,” Stewart said, “but it’s also a good way for TROY to make contact with these students and encourage them to come back when they get ready to go to college. Particularly to make contact with journalism students who might be students here in the J-School and might be working on our media like the Trop, the Palladium and Trojan Vision.”
Kate Rowinsky, a journalism department secretary who coordinates J-Day, said J-Day is a great opportunity for students to get a sense of what it’s like to be on a college campus.
“They get a feel for what it’s like on campus. They go away with a few tips about journalism and how they can improve their own media,” she said.