Media Scholars Day
The School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University invites you and your students to attend its annual Media Scholars Day Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. 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 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 faculty in WKU's School of Media, 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 last year's program. 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, Nov. 22, 2019. 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. After the sessions, the School of Media will be holding an open house with tours of its newly-renovated facilities.
How do you register?
Registration is available online. 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. Groups registered by Nov. 12 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).
What about lunch?
There are a variety of on-campus dining options your group may wish to take advantage of.
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 2019 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. 25 at 4 p.m. Central Time.