Press Release for Monday, November 24, 2008

API Selects UNF Communication Program to Host Workshop

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102



The University of North Florida’s Department of Communication is one of six journalism programs nationwide selected to host a 2009 John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Workshop conducted by the American Press Institute.

In addition to UNF, the other universities selected were Loyola University, Temple University, California State University, Texas State University and Bowling Green State University.

“The UNF Department of Communication is deeply honored to have been selected to host a 2009 John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Workshop,” said Dr. David Goff, chair of the Department of Communication at UNF. “The knowledge gained from the workshop will enhance our efforts to prepare students to work in changing news organizations that operate online exclusively or combine traditional and online news outlets.”

More than 450 schools of journalism and mass communication were invited to apply for one of three workshops, including “Visual Journalism: From Print to Screen,” The New Newsroom,” and “Building Community.” UNF will be hosting the “Visual Journalism” workshop for its faculty and staff in February of 2009.

“We are very pleased that API is now brining its high-quality seminars to journalism educators on the campuses of colleges and universities with established schools of journalism,” said Allen R. Malcolm, a trustee of the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

The Department of Communication at UNF offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication with four areas of concentration, including advertising, electronic media, journalism and public relations.

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, established in honor of the nationally known publisher and chairman of Speidel Newspapers, makes grants available for programs in journalism, arts and culture, community development, education, environment and historic preservation.

The American Press Institute is an independent, not-for-profit education and research center, founded by and in service to the newspaper industry. It provides training and leadership development and conducts research as well as offers seminars, workshops and onsite programs for newspaper professionals and organizations.

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