High school students from around Arizona who are interested in studying journalism may apply for the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students held each summer at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. This year's summer workshop is scheduled June 7-13, 2015.
The workshop gives students from diverse populations a chance to learn news writing, reporting, editing, digital design and photojournalism techniques. They also learn about ethics and media law.
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.
Throughout the workshop, students work on a newspaper called The Chronicle, which covers news from the Tucson community and issues and trends concerning teens and other individuals around the country. The high school students are paired with current UA journalism students, who serve as mentors, to pitch story ideas as they would in a real news organization.
UA journalism professors and industry professionals lead workshops on reporting, interviewing, editing, multimedia, and radio news, among other topics.
The 2014 program was headed by Elena C. Stauffer, alumna of the UA School of Journalism. She wrote and was a copy editor for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson’s daily newspaper, and the Tucson Citizen, now an online-only publication. Elena is senior program coordinator for graduate studies and for the Center for Border & Global Journalism at the School of Journalism.