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Journalism conference attracts students from state, Baptist schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Registration for the 2001 Baptist Press National Student Journalism Conference is underway, according to Will Hall, vice president for news services with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

The conference is open to all students and high school seniors from state and religious schools who are interested in print or broadcast journalism, photojournalism, and yearbook.

The conference, set for Sept. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn., features special addresses by Fred Barnes of the Fox News Network; Tom Kennedy of The Washington Post; journalism/mass communications dean Will Norton from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Don Boykin, executive sports editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Cynthia Williams of WSMV in the Nashville TV market; and Colleen Rudy of KFMB of the San Diego market.

The conference also features a photography shoot-out of Nashville; a coffeehouse concert featuring a new Christian artist; a Journalism Job Fair; an interactive exhibit hall; the Excellence in Journalism Competition; and special media tours.

An additional feature is the Baptist Press Write-Off, a fast-paced, on-site competition that will pit student newspapers against one another in a timed race to produce a one-page newspaper.

Registration for the three-day conference is $45 and includes all conference materials, a daily continental breakfast, a box lunch on Friday and the Excellence in Journalism Banquet on Saturday.

Some of the nation’s top evangelical Christian journalists, photojournalists and broadcasters have been assembled to lead workshops and seminars at the inaugural conference to give college journalism students practical and thought-provoking ideas from a Christian worldview. In addition to Fox News Network and ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates, representatives from Christianity Today Online, World Magazine, International Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, Baptist Press, the North American Mission Board and other media will be among the program personalities leading workshops in print journalism, broadcast journalism, Internet journalism, photography, layout and design, and magazine writing.

Rick White, senior pastor of The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn., will serve as the conference devotion leader. White is a strong proponent of Christians engaging the culture and reclaiming the arts for Christ.

“By all accounts, our team features a top-notch collection of journalists who love the Lord,” Hall said. “This could be a life-changing weekend for our student journalists.”

“This conference will be a great opportunity for Baptist student journalists to network with Christian journalists working in both religious and secular media,” Hall said. “We want to let our Baptist students know that you can be a Christian and be a successful journalist, too.”

To register for the conference or obtain additional information, call (615) 782-8615 or e-mail at [email protected].

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