Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Wilkes University will hold the 13th annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference for high school and college students on Friday, April 12. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the Wilkes campus.
This year's theme is "The First Amendment," focusing on the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of student media. Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss the state of student media in America today.
The First Amendment theme will address issues that deal with challenges to the fundamental rights of student media, not just in print and broadcast, but also in Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
More than a dozen professionals in the journalism field will be on-hand for interactive sessions with local students interested in communications fields. Speakers from WNEP, The Times Leader, The Citizens’ Voice and other local media will be at the conference. The conference is free to all students, and also offers a student media competition, newspaper exchange and hands-on workshops with Wilkes communication students.
For information about the Tom Bigler Journalism Conference, contact Dr. Loran Lewis, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, at (570) 408-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.