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Registration opens for 2004 collegiate journalism conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Registration for the 2004 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. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn., features special addresses by David Limbaugh, author of the NYT bestseller, Persecution; Bill Mattox of USA Today, James Patterson of The Indianapolis Star, Anacleto Rapping of The Los Angeles Times and Holly Thompson of WSMV-TV in Nashville.

The conference, in its fourth year at the SBC Building in downtown Nashville, will feature the theme “Pursue the Passion.”

Hall underscored the unique opportunity the conference provides for college journalists to experience the “blend we offer in skill-building workshops, spiritual encouragement, professional networking and Christian fellowship.”

The conference registration form is available online (http://www.bpnews.net/pdf/registration2004.pdf) and provides information about how to register for the conference, where to make hotel reservations and what fees are required. Additional information may be obtained by calling Baptist Press at 615-782-8664.

The schedule includes general sessions — with special music by Christian artist Jason Ingram — as well as breakout sessions addressing specific topics. Additionally, the awards banquet will be held to recognize the top schools and individual students who entered the 2004 Excellence in Journalism Competition.

Faculty include Morris Abernathy, Union University; Bill Bangham, The Commission magazine; Jamie Bates, Biloxi Sun Herald; Andy Beachum, SBC Executive Committee; Kim Bindel, 94FM Nashville/Salem Music Network; Bob Carey, Gardner-Webb University; Sterling Chen, Philadelphia Enquirer; Berta Delgado, Dallas Morning News; Rick Edwards, Salem Publishing; Gary Fong, San Francisco Chronicle; Valerie Hancock, Christian Single magazine; Joni Hannigan, Florida Baptist Witness; Sara Horn, LifeWay Christian Resources; David Lema, Florida Baptist Convention; Jackie Marushka, Provident Music Group; Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard; Jason McGehee, Jostens; Matthew Melton, Lee University; James A. Smith Sr., Florida Baptist Witness; Lawrence Smith, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Art Stricklin, Marketplace Ministries; Jim Veneman, Union University; and Karen Willoughby, Baptist Press.

The awards banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Sheraton Hotel in Nashville.

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