Over 400 high school students from all over the southeast got the opportunity to attend Troy University’s J-Day, a day all about journalism.
“J-Day is our annual High School Workshop where we have a 400 to 500 students come onto campus to take workshops with industry professionals and some of our professors,” says Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication Dr. Robbyn Taylor. “These industry professionals are a lot of times our graduates so they’re able to show students what they did with their degrees from Troy. What we like to do is bring them on to talk about design elements for yearbook and newspapers and blogs but also on-air presence and how to put together a story for television. Hopefully hoping that they can take this information back with them to their home schools and implement it there.”
One of those Hall School alums teaching at J-Day is Brady Talbert.
Brady became passionate about journalism in high school and decided to pursue his degree in broadcasting at TROY.
He then went on to accept his current job at WSFA 12 News while he was still a college student.
He says he hopes he is able to share his passion for the field with potential future journalists.
“It was definitely a full circle moment for me,” says Talbert. “I spent so many years here in the journalism department at Troy University and now that I’m in the professional world it was just really an opportunity to give back to not only the students here but the future generation of journalists at high schools across the state.”
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