High school students publish newspaper, website

Jose Galvez (photo by Tom Spitz)

Sixteen high school students from around the state completed a seven-day workshop on June 14 and published a 12-page newspaper as well as a website that includes blogs, a link to the newspaper, video and radio segments. The website address will go public by June 19 on this page.

The Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students was held June 8-14 in the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Students from diverse populations learned journalism skills from UA journalism faculty members and industry professionals. Throughout the workshop, students produced stories for The Chronicle newspaper as well as blogs for the online edition.

The high school students worked closely with current UA journalism students, who serve as mentors, and received guidance on how to source their stories and gather all needed elements such as photos and video, in some cases.

The 2014 workshop featured Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Tucson native José Galvez. A native of Barrio Hollywood in Tucson, Galvez is a 1972 graduate of the UA journalism program who won the Pulitzer by spotlighting the Los Angeles Latino community in a series for the Los Angeles Times.

Galvez taught the students how to handle equipment, about photo composition, and how to approach sources in a respectful way. He gave each student in the workshop a signed copy of his latest book, Shine Boy, which includes anectodes and photos of his life and times in the Old Pueblo.

A radio boot camp and discussions on law and ethics, diversity and multimedia storytelling also were part of the weeklong workshop.

The national project, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, is an effort to help news organizations mirror the diversity of their communities. The University of Arizona School of Journalism has led the summer workshop since 1981.

Elena C. Stauffer lead the 2014 workshop. Stauffer has worked as a reporter and copy editor at the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Press and the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. She was one of the copy editors for the Beacon Journal who worked on a race-relations series that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

Stauffer returned to Tucson in 1995 and worked as a copy editor and online editor at the Tucson Citizen. In 2000 she moved on to the Arizona Daily Star where she became the copy desk chief on the features desk. Stauffer is currently the graduate coordinator at the School of Journalism.

High school participants were: Kristina Cota, Mesquite High School, Gilbert; Shania Benallie, Fort Thomas High School, Fort Thomas; Andres Becerra Espinoza, Lourdes Catholic School, Nogales; America Parra, Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu City; Victoria Grijalva, Douglas High School, Douglas; Keoni Quiñonez, Thomasina Dinehdeal and Jonas Saganitso, Tuba City High School, Tuba City; and Lynnsi Nichols and Quinton Johnson, Red Mountain High School, Mesa; and Jane Ellis, Cienega High School, Vail. Tucson participants are Yasmeen Chanes (University High School), Arii Sylvers (St. Gregory College Prep) and Emily Andrade, Bryan Orozco and Gillian Brailsford (Arizona College Prep Academy).

UA journalism students serving as mentors to the high school participants were Zayro Jimenez, Stefani Quihuis, Noelle Haro-Gomez, Susan Swanberg, Nicole Thill and Savannah Douglas. Thill and Douglas both took part in the workshop while in high school.

For more information, contact Elena Stauffer

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Published Date: 

02/27/2014 - 9:04am