• 2019 Chronicle issue (above)
• 2019 workshop website
• 2019 workshop photo gallery
• 2019 closing ceremony video
• Andrés Domínguez column for Arizona Daily Star
• KVOI interview with Andrés Domínguez
• The Chronicle archives.
(From left) Kneeling: Amanda Mourelatos, Emma Schneider, Kenya Sykes, Savannah Peña, Isabela Gamez, Christiana Lincowski, Victoria Grijalva. Standing: Isari Martinez, Elijah Perez, Mendrel Fayuant, Odalys Martinez, Mireya Borgen, Kevin Cazares, Jacquelyn Gutierrez, Faith Chadwick, Kristen Bia.
Focusing on health and wellness, 16 teens studied reporting, photography, multimedia and media ethics at the 2019 Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students from June 2-8.
The program, sponsored primarily by the Dow Jones News Fund and the University of Arizona Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, has been offered at the UA School of Journalism since 1981.
By the end of the week, students had produced stories and photos for The Chronicle newspaper, a website and multimedia projects. Students tackled tough subjects, including abortion rights, immigration and the border, sexual assault, mental illness, climate change and vaping.
“Frankly, I was blown away by their story ideas,” said John D'Anna ('83), an Arizona Republic reporter who helped the teens with their writing. “... I would push for a bunch of their ideas to be on our front page at the Republic.”
The workshop, founded by Carson, was renamed in his honor after he died in 2018. Carson, a revered UA journalism professor and former department head, was one of the early leaders in helping diversify the nation’s newsrooms.
The school welcomed high school students Kristen Bia (Ganado), Mireya Borgen (Queen Creek Casteel), Kevin Cazares (Pueblo), Faith Chadwick (BASIS Peoria), Mendrel Fayuant (Sells Baboquivari), Isabela Gamez (Tucson High), Victoria Grijalva (Douglas), Jacquelyn Gutierrez (Pueblo), Christiana Lincowski (Catalina Foothills), Isari Martinez (Pueblo), Odalys Martinez (Douglas), Amanda Mourelatos (Sahuaro), Savannah Peña (Tucson High), Elijah Perez (Pueblo), Emma Schneider (Gregory School) and Kenya Sykes (Vail Academy).
Students worked with two writing coaches — Professor Susan Knight and D'Anna — workshop director Andrés Domínguez and mentors Pascal Albright, Jane Bendickson, Jamie Donnelly, Jackie Gonzales, Alana Minkler, Alexis Richardson, Madeline Richardson and John Soriano. Albright, Bendickson, Domínguez, Gonzales and Madeline Richardson are graduates of the workshop.
“These students are passionate about telling stories about the world they live in,” Knight said.