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Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Contact: Courtney Albin, (808) 933-1907

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i at Hilo and Hawai`i Community College Board of Student Publications (BOSP) is sponsoring its second annual journalism symposium, Behind and Beyond the Student Newspaper, on March 1 and 2, 2002.

The symposium is open to Big Island high school students, college students statewide and their advisors. The symposium will bring together journalism professionals, educators, and students to share ideas that will help inspire and motivate aspiring journalists. The registration deadline is February 15, 2002.

A highlight of this year's symposium is the opening event on Friday afternoon: a press conference co-sponsored by the Big Island Press Club.

A panel of professional journalists will discuss the topic: "The Media and 9-11 in Hawaii: What Impact?" The panel of journalists include: Ben DiPietro, Pacific Business News; Beverly Keever, UH Manoa journalism professor; Diane Chang, former editor for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin; David Shapiro, former editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin; and Steven Petranik, editor for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Students attending the press conference will receive hands-on experience. They will write news stories and take photographs that will be submitted for critique by the journalism professionals. Students will meet with the professionals one-on-one to discuss their stories and photographs. The press conference is the only part of the symposium that is open to the general public.

Friday will conclude with a dinner and keynote address by the nationally recognized photojournalist, PF Bentley. Bentley will give a slide show presentation on "How Osama Saved Photojournalism."

Saturday will begin with a breakfast keynote address by former editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Diane Chang. Chang's speech will address the role and responsibility of the press to bring to light the issues of social concern.

Following breakfast, students will attend two workshops of their choice. Workshops featured at this year's symposium include: Photojournalism; Commentary Writing; Jobs in Journalism; Web Publishing; Basic Factual Writing; Alternative/Investigative Journalism; Interviewing Techniques; and Transitions for Editors and Advisors. Workshop presenters include professional journalists, editors, publishers, public relations specialists, writers, and UH Hilo faculty.

Saturday lunch will highlight an additional keynote address. Steven Petranik, editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, will give a speech on "Your Future is on the Front Page." Petranik's address will stress that news really does matter to everyone's lives.

The symposium fee is $55. The fee includes the Friday press conference, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Saturday workshops. Registration fee for applications received after February 15 will be $65. Registration packets are available at the UH Hilo Campus Center Office, Room 210 and on the Web at, keyword, B&B Symposium.

For more information, please contact Courtney Albin ( or Susan Yugawa at (808) 974-7571.

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