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'J-Day' brings hundreds of journalism students

October 10, 2012

Aspiring magazine writers. Yearbook editors. Photographers. Bloggers. You name it, they'll be on campus Thursday for Journalism Day.

CSU alum Ryan Avery, the reigning world champion in public speaking, will be a featured speaker at 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 CSU'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.

World champ to speak

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.