FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 17, 2004
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW to host 2004 Ray Furr
Workshop on-line for the first time
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s Division of Business
and Communication will showcase its continued move toward media
convergence as part of the 2004 Ray Furr Workshop Friday, Feb. 20 at
Students from across the state will watch a live one-hour web cast of
the first of four sessions designed to teach journalism skills to high
school and community college students.
In the past, the workshop has been a daylong event held on campus at
Cromwell Communications Center, complete with speakers and a newspaper
contest, culminating with an awards session at the end of the day. This
year, students will participate via four web casts.
“This will be the first time it will ever be done on-line,” said Dr.
Martin Hatton, associate professor of communication. “Schools who log in
Friday will get the session live. They can e-mail questions during the
session and we will try to work it into the presentation.”
Eleven high schools and two community colleges have shown interest in
the first workshop.
Steve Rogers, city editor of The Commercial Dispatch, will speak about
generating story ideas Friday.
MUW President Dr. Claudia L. Limbert is tentatively scheduled to speak
Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger is scheduled to give a web cast
presentation Friday, March 19 and Charlie Mitchell of The Vicksburg Post
is scheduled for one of the two remaining dates Friday, Feb. 27 or
Friday, March 26.
Individuals who miss the initial web casts can log on anytime after 1
p.m. and view the presentations at their convenience.
Future topics will be effective interviewing, writing editorials and
writing feature stories.
The newspaper contest is open to all schools that watch the web casts to
submit published work.
Hatton said, “Any school that logs in for the sessions can submit to the
four areas [covered in the presentations] plus a fifth area for overall
There will be an awards luncheon Friday, April 30 on the MUW campus for
students who place in the newspaper contest. Entries can be submitted
during the first two weeks of April.
The web casts can be seen at
www.muw.edu/rayfurr. They cannot be seen without the authorized
password. Interested parties should contact Hatton at (662) 329-7248 or
firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive the password.