Grady College to host annual Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop

Grady College to host annual Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop

Athens, Ga. – On Saturday, March 31, UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will offer a low-cost, casual workshop where award-winning broadcast professionals will interact with students and professionals to provide hands-on experience in broadcast news reporting, videography and video editing.

The annual Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The cost is $25 before March 23 and $30 at the door. Registration cost includes lunch.

The 2007 workshop and discussions will be led by four prominent broadcast professionals: Wayne Freedman, an award-winning reporter from San Francisco; John Hendon, an award-winning photojournalist; Bryan Pearson, a CNN digital news gathering systems engineer; and James Townley, former NBC news tape editor and National Press Photographers Association video editing instructor.

Freedman, who works at San Francisco’s ABC 7 News and is a winner of 44 reporting Emmys, will conduct the reporting workshop. Hendon, assistant chief photojournalist for WYFF-TV in South Carolina, is a winner of 29 Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award. He will lead the photojournalism workshop. Pearson will lead the digital news gathering workshop and Townley, who is often described as a visual artist and an editor’s editor, will lead the videotape editing workshop.

Small groups of participants, normally a mix of high school and college students along with small to middle market broadcast journalists, will rotate through sessions with each instructor. The final session of the day will consist of a wrap-up critique and question and answer session, where students are encouraged to bring their own stories on VHS for review by the instructors.

The program has received great reviews in the past. Grady College professor of telecommunications David Hazinski, who organizes the workshop each year, said, “The Bluejeans Workshop is an inexpensive investment that has an incredible return for the people and the stations they work at.”

For more information and to register, visit www.grady.uga.edu/bluejeans.

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication 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.