High School Journalism Workshop has record numbers

Posted: Monday, 30 September 2013

TROY – Nearly 500 high school journalists and their teachers representing 22 schools turned out for Troy University's “J-Day" on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Hosted by the Hall School of Journalism and Communication and the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and supported in part by a grant from the Alabama Press Association, high school journalists attended sessions spanning the spectrum from print and yearbook to broadcast journalism to legal issues facing high school media outlets.

“It would be difficult to think of a more exciting time to be a part of the worlds of journalism and communication," said Dr. Steve Padgett, the Hall School's director. “While the tools we use may change, reporters still need to know how to deliver well-written stories explaining complex issues to the public."

As part of the J-Day experience, schools made submissions to the event's annual J-Day Competition in yearbook, newspaper and broadcast categories.

This year's Best Overall Yearbook winner was Ariton High School.

Other winners in the yearbook category were:

In school coverage:
First Place Carver High School
Second Place Jefferson Davis High School
Third Place Abbeville Christian

In use of typography:
First Place Ariton High School
Second Place Carver High School
Third Place Pike County High School

In theme and design:
First Place Ariton High School
Second Place Jefferson Davis High School
Third Place Carver High School

In photography:
First Place Ariton High School
Second Place Carver High School
Third Place Pike Liberal Arts School

In Best Television Newcast:
First Place Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy BCN-TV
Second Place Pike County High School Bulldog TV
Third Place Jefferson Davis High School JDTV News

In Best Video Program:
First Place Smiths Station High School Panther News Network
Second Place Smiths Station Junior High School Panther News Network

In the newspaper category, the Hallmark Award went to Beauregard High School's “Hornet Buzz" as best overall student newspaper.

In other newspaper categories:

In coverage of school news:
First Place Beauregard High School “Hornet Buzz"
Second Place Ariton High School “Cat Chat"
Third Place Abbeville Christian Academy “ACA Today"

In writing quality:
First Place Abbeville Christian Academy “ACA Today"
Second Place Beauregard High School “Hornet Buzz"
Third Place Ariton High School “Cat Chat"

In layout and design:
First Place Beauregard High School “Hornet Buzz"
Second Place Abbeville Christian Academy “ACA Today"
Third Place Ariton High School “Cat Chat"

In photography:
First Place Ariton High School “Cat Chat"
Second Place Abbeville Christian Academy “ACA Today"
Third Place Beauregard High School “Hornet Buzz"

Nearly 500 high school students and their teachers attended Troy University's annual J-Day, a workshop for high school print, broadcast and yearbook journalists. (TROY photo/Cass Davis)