UA to Host Three-Day High School Journalism Camp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) will host a three-day journalism camp, titled “The Long Weekend,” at The University of Alabama July 21-23.

All interested high school students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the program. The Friday through Sunday camp is an extensive workshop designed to teach creative and efficient ways to communicate through high school newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines and broadcast.

The Long Weekend also gives students the opportunity to experience college life by residing in dorms with roommates and eating in campus dining facilities.

Students may choose one of the following tracks: newspaper, desktop publishing/technology, photography, yearbook, literary magazine or broadcast. Advisers may also participate in one of these tracks with their students, or they may choose the adviser track, which will allow them to receive continuing education credits.

University of Alabama faculty and area media professionals will serve as workshop instructors. They will be joined by nationally-known journalism educators David Knight of Lancaster, S.C., who will conduct the newspaper/newsmagazine track; Mark Herron of Indianapolis, who will direct the yearbook track; and Dr. Mary Lynn Polk of Greenwood, S.C., who will teach the literary magazine sessions.

The workshop fee of $150 for ASPA members and $175 for non-members includes all room and board expenses. Advisers who bring 10 or more students and assist with dorm supervision will receive a $70 tuition waiver. Meals are provided in a University dining hall and food court.

For more information and to receive registration forms, contact the ASPA office at 205/348-9298,, or P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403.


Lance M. Skelly, UA Office of Media Relations, 205/348-3782


Monica Hill, 205/348-9298