Journalism Institute at BU to feature local and statewide media professionals

For immediate release: March 5, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — More than 150 high school students are expected to attend the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Journalism Institute on Tuesday, March 6. Guest speakers at the event will include editors, television anchors, photographers and columnists from throughout Pennsylvania.

More than 20 professionals and BU graduates will participate in the day-long institute, discussing topics such as broadcast journalism, developing news stories and student rights regarding free expression. The afternoon will feature numerous workshops for students on a variety of media and journalism concentrations. Featured speakers will include Stu Bykofsky, feature columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News; anchor Mike Lewis and reporter Andy Hirsch from WNEP-TV; Thomas Eveslage, professor of journalism at Temple University; and Andrew Hoover, public education and community outreach specialist for the ACLU.

Other speakers and workshop leaders will include Carl Christopher, editor for the Hazleton Standard-Speaker; Maria Coole, copy editor for the Lancaster Sunday News; Nick Horvath Jr., sports editor for the Harrisburg Patriot-News; Jimmy May, photographer for the Press Enterprise; and Melissa Piper Nelson, columnist for Lee Newspapers.

BU graduates participating in the institute include Sam Bidleman ’76, newspaper advisor at Bloomsburg High School; Frank Cunniff ’06, editor and writer; Jonathan Gass ’05, copy editor and page designer for the Patriot-News; Andy Heintzelman ’85, editor of the Shamokin News Item; Pat Trosky ’95, features editor of the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice; and MaryJayne Reibsome ’02, graphics designer and web specialist.

Coordinated by Walter Brasch, professor of journalism, and William Green, associate professor of journalism, the Journalism Institute is sponsored by BU’s mass communications department and Spectrum Magazine.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.