Grady College to host Bluejeans Workshop

UGA Grady College to host Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop

Athens, Ga. – The broadcast industry is changing and the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is helping professionals and students adapt to the transformation.

The annual Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop, to be held on Saturday, March 28, will focus on many of the new issues facing the industry. The casual, low-cost workshop will be held at the Grady College from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The 2009 workshop will open with a panel discussion about what broadcast journalists need to know. CNN vice president Paul Crum who runs Newsource, NBC regional director for the Southeast and Latin America Danny Noah, and WAGA-Atlanta executive producer Mark Shavin will share thoughts on the new economics of the industry, new ethical issues (should reporters give their opinions in blogs, for example), and the skill sets needed for the shifting industry.

The panel will be followed by several skills workshops. WXIA-Atlanta reporter Julie Wolfe, Atlanta’s first multi-station backpack journalist, will share how to cover stories; CNN Southeast bureau chief Mary Lynn Ryan will show participants how to write for the Web and for broadcast; and international talent coach Nick Dalley will discuss how to communicate effectively while reporting and anchoring for the new age of broadcast.

The workshops will be applicable to everyone involved in broadcast news and are not limited to any age or experience group. Small groups of participants will rotate through the workshops.

The final session of the day will consist of a wrap-up and critique where participants will have the opportunity to have their stories on VHS tapes reviewed by the instructors.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $25 before Monday, March 23, and $30 after. Register online at www.grady.uga.edu/bluejeans.