High school workshop participant wins scholarship, writing award


Corina Gallardo

A student who took part in a summer high school workshop run by the University of Arizona School of Journalism has received a second honor for her work.

Stories that Corina Gallardo submitted in the Dow Jones News Fund’s Summer Workshops Competition for 2011 were honored, making her one of eight winners nationally. The Dow Jones News Fund has reserved a $1,000 college scholarship in her name. The grant will be applied toward her tuition, room and board expenses at the college of her choice for the 2012-2013 school year.

Gallardo also was honored October 2011 in a national student writing competition for her article titled "Brain Injuries - The Discreet Captor." It was selected as one of four winners in the 2011 Teen Voices of Democracy Contest. The award carried a $100 prize.

Dow Jones will re-publish Gallardo's work in “These Struck Our Fancy,” a section of their newspaper for high school journalism teachers and on their website.  More than 6,000 teachers, media professionals and numerous students across the country will see the work.

Gallardo, a student at University High School in Tucson, was one of 12 students taking part in the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students June 3-12 at the UA. The national project, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, is an effort to help broadcast and newspaper newsrooms mirror the diversity of their communities. The University of Arizona School of Journalism has conducted this summer workshop since 1981.

Gallardo is the third student taking part in the UA workshop to receive the scholarship. Leigh Jensen, a 2009 participant, also received the honor, as did 2010 participant Ashley Stevenson. Gallardo also is the second student to receive the Teen Voices recognition. Garrett Mitchell, a senior at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, won for his 2010 story on Margaret Regan and her book, The Death of Josseline.

At the UA workshop, Gallardo served as editor in chief of The Chronicle, the newspaper produced by the students. Articles have appeared in English, Spanish and Hopi. Students write all the content, take photos and design the publication. They also upload content to a website that enables high school students around the country to publish online news.

Throughout the workshop, students are paired with current UA journalism students, who serve as mentors, to pitch story ideas, as they would in a real newsroom. In 2010 the School received the Robert P. Knight Award for Multicultural Recruitment in recognition of its ongoing effort to promote diversity through this program.

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08/10/2011 - 11:32am

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