UGA’s Grad College to offer annual Bluejeans Workshop

UGA’s Grady College to offer annual Bluejeans Workshop

Athens, Ga. – On Saturday, March 29, UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will offer a low-cost, casual workshop where prominent broadcast professionals will provide hands-on experience in broadcast news reporting, videography and video editing for students and professionals.

The annual Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $25 before March 24 and $30 after the deadline and at the door. Registration cost includes lunch.

The 2008 workshop and discussions will be led by three top broadcast professionals: Wayne Freedman, an award-winning reporter from San Francisco; John Hendon, an award-winning photojournalist; and James Townley, former NBC news tape editor and National Press Photographers Association video editing instructor.

Freedman, who works at San Francisco’s ABC 7News 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. Townley, who is often described as a visual artist and an editor’s editor, will lead the videotape editing workshop.

The day will begin with an update on Georgia’s sunshine laws from the Georgia First Amendment Foundation. 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/answer session, where students are encouraged to bring their own stories on VHS for review by the instructors.

In past years, the popular program has consistently received great reviews from participants. 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, see www.grady.uga.edu/bluejeans.

Established in 1915, the University of Georgia 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 Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, visit www.grady.uga.edu.