Hundreds of high school students attend annual J-Day

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — High school students from around Alabama visited Troy University to learn what a career and journalism entails.

Each year, the Hall School of Journalism and Communication (HSJC) holds J-Day to recruit students and help them grow their own journalism programs.

“J-Day is an opportunity for high school students to come to our campus and be involved in dozens of workshops ranging from podcasting to print design to broadcast television,” said HSJC Director Dr. Robbyn Taylor. “It’s a good way for students who might be interested in journalism, who are working with their student media groups of their high schools, to come in be able to absorb some information, take it back home home to their schools and then, ultimately, hopefully, come join us when they’re ready for their college experience.”

Workshop sessions included:

  • Layout & Design
  • Photography
  • Social Digital Media
  • Feature Writing
  • Ad Sales
  • Sports Reporting
  • Interviewing
  • Broadcast News
  • Reporting
  • Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Ad Design & Writing
  • Legal Issues
  • Yearbook Design

J-Day also gives TROY a chance to share its own post-graduation placement.

“They can graduate not only with a degree but with a job. We had about 100% placement with our broadcast students last year, which is wonderful. They’re working in markets all over all over the country. I think that high school students seeing that success can be motivation for lot lot of different things whether or not they decide to go into journalism or not. A TROY degree can get you where you want to go.”

One high school student told TrojanVision that J-Day helped her have a better understanding of the journalism industry.

“I think that’s very important for people who do want to go to college for this type of thing,” said Andalusia High School student Madalyn Bush.

Students also met TROY alumni including Brady Talbert from WSFA, Jahmal Kennedy from WSFA, and Georgia Clark from WAAY 31.

For more information about J-Day, click here.