COMM hosts High School Media Conference


Westerville, Ohio – Hundreds of high school students converging in one area might seem to some a frightening phenomenon, but on Otterbein’s campus Oct. 14, a gathering of high school media students pointed toward a hopeful future.

For the tenth year, Otterbein’s Department of Communication hosted the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Region 5 Workshop, a day-long program giving teenagers a closer look at Otterbein’s state-of-the-art facilities through hands-on media production sessions.

The more than 300 students from 15 central and southwestern Ohio high schools were not just taking selfies and misspelling the King’s English in texts.  Instead they were learning how to take better news photographs, discussing investigative story ideas, and willingly improving their grammar.

“For a decade this workshop has been a unique opportunity for bright high school media students to experience a bit of Otterbein’s strong communication programs,” said Jean Kelly, associate professor of communication. “They attend sessions taught by our faculty and talk to current students who volunteer to help as facilitators of the event.”

Several students who have attended the event over the years have eventually enrolled in Otterbein’s communication majors, Kelly added. “We look forward to hosting this event for years to come because these teens have what it takes to become successful communicators.”


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