HS Students learn from professionals at Media Day

October 3, 2003

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2003_10_03.jpgPLATTEVILLE - More than a hundred high school students from the tri-state area are expected to convene on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus for the annual media day workshop Wednesday, Oct. 15.

High school students from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa will be given the opportunity to attend sessions with industry professionals. Hands-on workshops will focus on writing and reporting, photography and developing yearbooks.

UW-P communication technologies professor Art Ranney is organizing the event that has been hosted since the early 80s.

"It allows students to meet professionals and learn some things from them. The reason is to get high school students interested in the media and in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville," Ranney said.

High school students will be able to learn a little bit about what the various media industries are like as well as learn some things that they can take back to the classroom. Ranney said the emphasis is on a "hands-on" approach.

"We tell all of the people who present at this event to make their sessions as hands-on as possible," Ranney said.

Those giving presentations include, among others, Jay Eastlick, news editor, Wisconsin State Journal; Craig Reber, reporter, Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Gary Tuescher, Tuescher Photography; Bill Haupt, Wisconsin Newspaper Association; Dave Belland, Josten's; and Mary Hiebl, Taylor Publishing Co.

UWP instructors will also get in on the act. Communication technologies instructors Christine Holtz and Sarah Arkins will be hosting sessions on photography and software, and business professor Bernie Harris will teach a session on yearbook sales.

UWP students are welcome to attend the sessions as well.

This is the fifth year Ranney has organized media day, and this year he got much help from communication technologies department administrative assistants Becky Troy and Caroline Vandewiel.

"They really are a tremendous help," Ranney said.

Response has been good from high school teachers who have sent students in the past, and attendance has been increasing the last three years. Ranney said they always try to put suggestions into action, and this year's media day will have an increased emphasis on software and digital photography.

Registration begins in Pioneer Tower at 8 a.m.; refreshments will be served. Forty-five minute sessions are to follow in Russell Hall until the workshop concludes at 1 p.m. Last year approximately 150 high school students attended.

For more information or registration, contact Becky Troy via telephone at (608) 342-1627, or via email (troy@uwplatt.edu).

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