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Registration opens for 2003 journalism conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Registration for the 2003 Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference is underway, according to Will Hall, vice president for news services with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and executive editor of Baptist Press.

The conference, set for Oct. 9-11 in Nashville, Tenn., features keynote addresses by Jerry Jenkins, coauthor of the best-selling “Left Behind” book series; David Clark, president of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach and former president of FamilyNet television; Rudy Kalis, sports director for WSMV TV in Nashville; and Eric Metaxas, book author and creative development/writer for Big Idea Productions.

The conference, in its third year at the SBC Building in downtown Nashville, will feature the theme “Set the Standard.”

Hall underscored the opportunity the conference provides for college students “to come together for skill-building workshops, networking and spiritual encouragement as journalists.”

The conference’s registration form is available online (http://www.bpnews.net/pdf/registration.pdf). The form provides details of the cost and registration deadlines. Additional information may be obtained by calling Baptist Press at 615-782-8617.

The conference will include general sessions — where all attendees will gather — as well as breakout sessions addressing specific topics. Additionally, an awards banquet will be held to recognize the year’s top students through Baptist Press’ Excellence in Journalism Competition.

The breakout sessions will include workshops on news and feature writing, broadcasting, graphic design, magazine feature writing, yearbook design, public relations and photography.

Faculty include Berta Delgado, The Dallas Morning News; Tammi Ledbetter, the Southern Baptist Texan; Allen Palmeri, The Pathway newsjournal; Joni Hannigan, Florida Baptist Witness; Rob Phillips, Chris Turner and Sara Horn of LifeWay Christian Resources; Martin Coleman, Ron Ingram and Trish Ragsdale of FamilyNet television; Gary Fong, The San Francisco Chronicle; Don Boykin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Martin King, North American Mission Board; Matthew Melton, Lee University; Teresa Young, Wayland Baptist University; Sterling Chen, Philadelphia Inquirer; Tracey Bumpus, CCM magazine; Bill Bangham, The Commission magazine; Andy Beachum, Old Hickory media, publishers of Release and Seven Ball magazines; Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard; Jon Walker, Pastors.com; and photographers Morris Abernathy, freelance; Gibbs Frazeur, North American Mission Board; and Jim Veneman, Union University.

The conference’s Excellence in Journalism Competition will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at the historic Wyndham Union Station Hotel.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: SET THE STANDARD.

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