Twelve high school students from around the state completed the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students on June 13, 2015, and within seven days learned the basics of reporting, writing, photo, multimedia, radio news, and media law and ethics.
By the end of the program, the students had completed stories and captured images for a newspaper called The Chronicle, and also blogged, created multimedia pieces, and recorded a radio news piece for a website they created at thechronicleua.weebly.com.
This year's participants, ranging in age from 14-17, came from Tuba City High School (Adrienne Graham, Anemony Benally, Milton Gashweseoma, and Kayla Yazzie), Red Rock High School in Sedona (Allisone Doerner); Tohono O'odham High School in Sells (Erica Garcia), City High School in Tucson (Jane Bendickson), Arizona College Prep Academy in Tucson (Gretchen Smith, Eshed Ozeri, Destinee Hardy, Kei Ann Mandanas), and Sunnyside High School in Tucson (Briana Sanchez).
The workshop not only gives students from diverse populations a chance to learn news writing, reporting, editing, digital design and photojournalism techniques, but it also exposes them to life on campus by putting them up in dorms. Teens who were strangers to each other on June 7 became friends within a few short days.
They also met numerous mentors, instructors, and professionals in the field who can offer advice and guidance regarding careers and higher education.
The 2016 program will start taking shape in February and the application will be available in March.
Eligible students should be juniors or seniors who show a serious interest in journalism and in pursuing higher education. Upcoming sophomores and graduating seniors will be considered. Registration and dorm fees are provided by the program. Students are responsible for some of their meals.
The national project, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, is an effort to help news outlets mirror the diversity of their communities. The University of Arizona School of Journalism has conducted this summer workshop since 1981.
UA journalism professors and industry professionals lead workshops on reporting, interviewing, editing, multimedia, and radio news, among other topics.
The 2015 program was headed by Elena Stauffer, alumna of the UA School of Journalism. She wrote and was a copy editor for the Arizona Daily Star, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), and The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.), among others. Elena is senior program coordinator for graduate studies and for the Center for Border & Global Journalism at the School of Journalism.
For more information, contact Elena Stauffer.
2013 workshop participants Ashlee Fenn (Safford) and Milton Guevara (Tucson) each won $1000 tuituion scholarships
2012 workshop participant Yetzabel Rojas (Douglas) won a $1000 tuituion scholarship