Welcome to the High School Media Workshop

The winners soon will be announced for the 44th annual Murray State High School Media Workshop. Stay tuned.


Workshop schedule

Check back on this page for our updated workshop schedule. We plan to offer sessions that will help students and advisers learn more about writing and production for all media platforms.

This is a tentative schedule as of Aug. 18, 2017:

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Registration: 8:30-9 a.m. Curris Center

Welcome and announcements: 9-9:30 a.m. Curris Center Ballroom

Welcome remarks from Tim Todd, dean of the AJB-COB and Debbie Owens, interim chair, JMC

Session 1 – 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Yearbook and newspaper

How to tell what’s CRAAP and what’s not – Dana Statton, Mississippi Room

Asking the hard questions: How to get anyone to talk to you – Shelley Street Byrne, reporter, The Mayfield Messenger, Barkley Room

Crafting an effective ad – Gill Welsch, Cumberland Room

Capturing the Game: Sports Still Photography – Wm. Gross Magee, Ohio Room

Latest Trends in Memory Books – Andrew Buhler and the Jostens staff, small ballroom

InDesign: Basics – Brent Norsworthy, large ballroom


Broadcast Super Session – 9:45-11:30 a.m.

(Curris Center Theater)

A Celebration of Media Arts: Online and Video Awards and Celebration – Dr. Kevin Qualls, Jeremy McKeel, Chris Haynes, JMC students

Break – 10:30-10:45


Newspaper Multimedia Super Session – 10:45-12:30

Go behind the scenes at the Murray State News and see how to incorporate multimedia techniques for your newspaper or yearbook website – Dr. Stephanie Anderson and Murray State News students

Session 2 – 10:45-11:30

Yearbook and Newspaper

Advertising Sales – Robert Valentine, Mississippi Room

Leadership and Group Communication – Dr. Marcie Hinton, Large ballroom

You can get paid for writing (Careers in the media) – Dr. Debbie Owens, Tennessee Room

Latest Trends in Memory Books – Jostens, Small ballroom

Feature Writing – Debbie Battinger, The Paris Post-Intelligencer, Barkley Room

“Going Social” (media that is) – Elizabeth Thomas, Cumberland Room

Becoming a Google Ninja: Finding better sources for your stories – Leigh Landini Wright, Mississippi Room

Session 3 – 11:45-12:30


Latest Trends in Memory Books – Jostens, Small ballroom

Looking Good in Print  – Orville Herndon, Tennessee Room

News Flash (Writing on a deadline)  – Murray State journalism students, Cumberland Room

Broadcast announcing – Dr. Kevin Qualls, Barkley Room

Attention: Headlines  – Murray State News students, Ohio Room

Advisers only

Informal session for advisers (Curriculum swapshop, best practices, concerns, questions, chill time)  – 3rd floor concourse


Workshop ends at 12:30 p.m.

Contest info

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Murray State High School Media Workshop. We offer categories in video, newspapers, online media and yearbooks. Entry forms may be found through the following links to Google Docs. You may either email your entry to Leigh Wright at ewright@murraystate.edu or mail it to Leigh Wright, High School Media Workshop coordinator, 216A Wilson Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

The 2017 deadline is Aug. 25.