Colorado State University welcoming 1,400 high school students for Journalism Day

More than 1,400 high school journalists and their advisers will be on campus Thursday for the Colorado High School Press Association’s annual Journalism Day at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.

The all-day event attracts high school journalists and their advisers from across the state for workshops, lectures and other presentations designed to encourage students to pursue careers in media.

One of the featured speakers is 2009 CSU graduate Ryan Avery, who earlier this year beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International world champion in public speaking. Avery graduated with degrees in Anthropology and Journalism and Technical Communication, and worked at Rocky Mountain Student Media while attending CSU.

Professional journalists, public relations specialists and educators from CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication are among the scheduled speakers. Topics include yearbook writing and design, photography, advertising, broadcasting, sports writing and digital media.

About CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Journalism

The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication is a competitive major, meaning that students must meet competitive admission requirements. The fully accredited program prepares students for careers in traditional and online journalism, including newspapers, television, radio, public relations and specialized communication.

The department works closely with the independent Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, which offers opportunities for more than 300 students each year working for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, Campus Television (CTV), KCSU-FM radio station and College Avenue magazine.

The department hosts student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Relations Student Society of America.