UGA’s Grady College to offer broadcast news Bluejeans Workshop

Athens, Ga. – A casual workshop dealing with broadcast news reporting, videography and video editing has been set for Saturday, April 2, in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

The annual Bluejeans Workshop is designed for high school and college students as well as small-to-middle-market broadcast journalists.

“This workshop is designed to give participants practical information that they can put to use right away,” said Michael Castengera, lecturer in Grady College’s department of telecommunications. “Small groups of participants rotate through sessions with each of the instructors so plenty of personal attention is provided.”

A highlight of the workshop occurs during the final session when instructors provide a wrap-up critique of participants’ videos and host a question-and-answer session. Participants are encouraged to bring their own stories on VHS for the critique session.

Conference presenters will include seasoned professionals David Hazinski, broadcast news associate professor at the Grady College; John Hendon, 300-time award-winning videographer; and James “Butch” Townley, former NBC news tape editor.

Hazinski will serve as the workshop’s reporting instructor. He is an associate professor of broadcast news in the Grady College and an international news consultant. He served six years as an international correspondent for NBC News, covering the United States, Europe and South and Central America. Prior to that, Hazinski spent 10 years with television stations in Charlotte, N.C., and Pittsburgh and was nationally syndicated. He also spent two years as writer, cohost and technology advisor of “World Business Review” with former secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger.

Hendon will be the workshop’s videography instructor. He is an assistant chief photojournalist for WYFF-TV in South Carolina. The 300-time award winner for videography also has garnered a total of 100 awards from the Associated Press, the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas and the National Press Photographers Association.

Video editing will be taught by Townley, a highly regarded video editor who gained broad recognition for his work with NBC News and as the video editing instructor for the National Press Photographers Association. Townley has also won an Emmy and numerous other awards for video editing.

Comments offered by attendees after the 2004 Bluejeans Workshop included “All three instructors were fabulous. I would love to hear them again.” Another participant said, “If you are pursuing a career in telecommunications, this workshop is for you!”

The workshop will be held at the Grady College on the UGA campus. Registration is $25 before March 28 and $30 after March 28 and at the door. Registration includes lunch. Register today at www.grady.uga.edu/bluejeans.

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2005. The college provides seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. In addition, Grady offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Peabody Awards, one of the premier programs in broadcasting. For more information, visit www.grady.uga.edu.