A University of Arizona tradition for 35 years, the seven-day 2016 Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students ended June 11 with 10 teens learning about reporting basics, media ethics and different storytelling techniques.
By the end of the workshop, students had produced a newspaper, a website and multimedia projects. The program, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, has been offered at the UA School of Journalism since 1981.
Professor Nancy Sharkey welcomed the group on June 6 — talking about the pros and cons of the U.S. press — before professor Susan Swanberg addressed law and ethics and adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey ran through the fundamentals of reporting.
Press freedom is under attack worldwide, Nancy Sharkey said — even in the United States, where candidates such as Donald Trump have advocated “cracking down on the media.”
One cause of that could be the public’s perception of media bias, said Pascal Albright, a student at Tucson High Magnet School.
“I feel that it’s really hard to get the whole story … especially because some journalists tend to stick to one side of the news story” for television ratings or financial gain, Albright said.
Said Sharkey: “I think it’s up to your generation to break that, and to start pursuing stories of importance and interest on multiple platforms.”
Joining Albright at the workshop are students Brianna Encinas and Bianca Fuentes (Tucson High Magnet School), Jane Bendickson and Oliver Dewey (City High School – Tucson), Thomas Lard (Salome HS), Adrienne Graham (Tuba City HS), Denay Pedro (Tohono O’odham HS – Sells), Lauren Ahern (Pueblo HS) and Destiny Martin (Cienega HS – Vail).
Students learned how to shoot video with smartphones from UA Journalism master’s grad Anna Augustowska, followed by editing and diversity tips from professor Susan Knight, along with page layout help from Daniel Ramirez and recent grad Star designer Alicia Vega. Arizona Public Media’s Vanessa Barchfield and Zac Ziegler talked about broadcast journalism, followed by tips on going to college from Paloma Boykin, academic adviser for the School of Journalism.
Professor Michael McKisson and current UA journalism student Christianna Silva showed off drones, sensors and 360-degree cameras while telling the group about virtual reality journalism.
Arizona Daily Star reporter Carmen Duarte and columnist Ernesto Portillo Jr. held lunch talks with the students.
In the past, 2013 workshop participants Ashlee Fenn (Safford) and Milton Guevara (Tucson) each won $1,000 tuituion scholarships, while 2012 workshop participant Yetzabel Rojas (Douglas) won a $1,000 tuituion scholarship. Also, 2011 workshop participant Corina Gallardo won a $1,000 writing award.