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Media Scholars Day will not be held during the 2023-2024 school year, but a return is anticipated for the 2024-2025 school year with a contest and event in fall 2024.

The School of Media at Western Kentucky University invites you and your students to attend its annual Media Scholars Day Friday, March 24, 2023. The conference includes breakout sessions taught by WKU faculty, students and industry professionals as well as the awards ceremony for the WKU High School Media Awards. The free program is designed to motivate, challenge and inform you and your students.

Who should you bring?

All yearbook, newspaper, multimedia and broadcasting students as well as students who are interested in careers in journalism, broadcasting, film, photography, advertising or public relations would benefit from the day's activities.

What should you expect?

During breakout sessions, you and your students will learn new skills and discover better ways of creating and producing your stories and images. Sessions will be taught by WKU faculty, working professionals and WKU students at an advanced level in their fields. Most of all, you will find that you and many others from around the state all share a passion for telling their school's story and in creating quality journalistic publications and broadcasts.

A finalized list of sessions and descriptions will be emailed to registrants and posted here a few days before the conference. In the meantime, you can get an idea of the variety of sessions offered by looking at the program from the last time the event was held in 2019. The sessions change every year but always appeal to a wide array of interests.

What is the conference schedule?

The conference will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023. A variety of breakout sessions will be offered followed by the awards ceremony, which will conclude by about noon. Please note that WKU is in the Central Time Zone.

8:30 a.m. Registration and info fair open

9 to 9:40 a.m. Breakout session 1

9:50 to 10:30 a.m. Breakout session 2

10:40 to 11:20 a.m. Breakout session 3

11:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony

How do you register?

Submit your group's information on our registration form. The conference is offered at no charge to students and advisers.

Where do you park?

Detailed parking information will be sent to registered groups before the conference.

What about lunch?

There are a variety of on-campus dining options your group may wish to take advantage of, including a cafeteria (Fresh Food Company) and a food court in Downing Student Union.

Contest Information

The School of Media and WKU Student Publications team up to conduct the WKU High School Media Awards for yearbooks, newspapers, websites and broadcast outlets. Submissions are also open for the James L. Highland Media Adviser of the Year Award. Entries for both contests must be submitted by Feb. 17.

Sam Oldenburg, KHSMI Coordinator | samual.oldenburg@wku.edu | 270-745-3055

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