Journalism Scholars Day
The School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University invites you and your students to attend its annual Journalism Scholars Day each fall. The date will be announced near the beginning of the school year. The conference includes breakout sessions taught by WKU faculty, students and industry professionals as well as the yearbook Mark of Excellence awards ceremony. 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 journalism, broadcasting, advertising and public relations as a career 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. 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.
What is the conference schedule?
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Central time in Downing Student Union. There will also be an info fair during that time to learn about opportunities available at WKU. A variety of breakout sessions will be offered from 9 to 11:35 a.m. followed by the yearbook awards ceremony, which will conclude by 12:30 p.m.. Following the breakout sessions there will be tours available of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, radio and television studios, the College Heights Herald and Talisman publication offices and Jody Richards Hall (home to the School of Journalism & Broadcasting). Just let Sam Oldenburg know in advance if your group would like a tour so arrangements can be made. Lunch will be on your own, however you are welcome to take advantage of our on-campus dining facilities.
How do you register?
Registration is available online. The conference is offered at no charge to attendees thanks to Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education Regional Excellence Trust Fund’s support of the 21st Century Media Program of Distinction at Western Kentucky University.
Where do you park?
Detailed parking information will be sent to registered groups before the conference. Groups registered by Nov. 5 will receive a visitor parking pass in the mail before the conference. Groups registering after that date must pick up a pass at the check-in table to place in their vehicle(s).
The Kentucky High School Media Institute has teamed with WKU's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to conduct the Mark of Excellence Yearbook contest. All 2018 yearbooks are eligible. Submissions are also open for the James L. Highland Media Adviser of the Year Award. Entries for both contests must be submitted by Oct. 19.