Participants of the 2013 High School Journalism Workshop.
Photo courtesy of: Bob Stewart
Justice Hill, workshop lecturer, and a student chat during registration in the Lasher Learning Center.
Photo courtesy of: Eli Hiller
Students out on assignment interviewed a variety people from Scripps faculty to community members.
Photo courtesy of: Eli Hiller
Jun 25, 2013
A multimedia journalist in today's industry wears many hats and this summer a group of high school students from around the country learned just what it takes to work in a converged newsroom as part of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's High School Journalism Workshop.
When the group of 74 participants from 10 states arrived on campus for the program that ran June 19-22, they not only got a taste of a professional journalist's life, but also the life of a college student. Attendees stayed in residence halls, ate at University dining facilities and interacted with professors and students.
"We think this program is vital to the school and to journalism in general because it's a chance for us to help high school students improve their journalism skills, and to get a better understanding of what it might be like to enter this field," said Bob Stewart, Scripps School of Journalism director. "Once they've decided they do, indeed, want to be journalists, we'd love to recruit them to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Getting to spend a few days on the Athens campus is a great way for these students to get a "test drive." We find that many of our best journalism majors did, in fact, take part in one or more of our summer workshops."
Brea Burks, of Reynoldsburg, is one such student whose experience with the workshop led her to apply to Ohio University. Burks is attending the program for the third year in a row. She says she knew she wanted to go to OHIO, but being on campus for the workshop helped solidify that decision.
“When I came here for the journalism workshop, it was set. It made everything more clear -- that this is exactly where I want to be and I love the staff here. They’re really nice and really sweet and the students are really helpful. They take the time to help you learn. They’re all about helping you. They want you to ask them questions,” said Burks.
This year, organizers extended the popular workshop by a day. The budding reporters honed their newsgathering skills and learned new tricks of the trade to help them with blogging, page design and news writing. The students then put those skills to the test as they covered stories around the University and the community.
“We have students working in groups of two or three on a story. Not only are they writing a short piece, they’re also producing video, they’re editing that video. Some of them are involved in the creation of audio slideshows. Some of them are involved in the creation of an iMagazine that would play on an iPad. Some of them are involved later on in a television production related to the stories they’ve produced. Some of them will be involved in working on the website and putting content onto our website that we have dedicated to them,” said Clay Carey, workshop assistant director and Scripps’ doctoral student.
Kate Hiller, an OHIO sophomore, attended the workshop as a high school student and returned this year to teach.
“Working as a teaching assistant allowed me to share my thoughts and experiences with some of the people who will someday be my colleagues. It was also cool to see the other side of the operations. A lot of work is put into every activity and every lecture,” said Hiller.
Thirty of the students received diversity scholarships from the Scripps Howard Foundation to attend the workshop. Stewart says more than one-third of the participants were minority students.
The program, now in its 68th year, is the largest high school summer program on the Athens campus. Ohio University's Summer Sessions offers a number of summer opportunities ranging from music camps to programs geared toward academically advanced high school students.