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High school journalists get hands-on experience at Ohio University workshop

ATHENS, Ohio (June 17, 2005) -- More than 70 Ohio high school students will be roving journalists at Ohio University during the 60th annual E.W. Scripps High School Journalism Workshop, June 22 through June 25.

The workshop, hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, offers students classroom and hands-on experience in print and broadcast journalism. Students participate in one of four tracks they've pre-selected: print, page design, photography or broadcast. By the end of the four-day period the students will have written and produced a newspaper or a TV news segment.

"The exciting aspect of this format is that it allows students to put classroom learning to immediate practical use," says Lisa Lopez Snyder, workshop director. "Students will be given a news assignment, walk across campus to interview sources and then come back to the computer or broadcast studio and write and produce their stories." OU journalism students will mentor the students in helping them prepare for their interviews.

Workshop instructors include E.W. Scripps faculty, award-winning high school journalism teachers, working journalists, and faculty and staff from the College of Communication's School of Telecommunications, Visual Communication, and the Telecommunications Center.

A multicultural grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation will fund 10 students' participation, an effort aimed at increasing diversity in the newsroom. The grant also funds a collaboration with the Hampton University (Va.) Scripps School of Journalism, allowing Hampton journalism faculty to serve as workshop instructors.

Special general sessions include a discussion of the First Amendment and a panel covering the impact of online journalism. This year's guest speaker is Todd Jones, sports columnist for The Columbus Dispatch.

"A strength of this workshop is the diverse mix of participants, as well as the opportunity for young journalists to learn from top professionals in the field," Lopez Snyder says.

All activities are held on the university's main campus and the students stay in a university dormitory. For a schedule and more information on the high school workshop, see www.scripps.ohiou.edu/workshop/hsjw.htm.

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Media Contact: Lisa Lopez Snyder, (614) 792-9906 (prior to June 22), (614) 216-0725 (June 22-25) or LopezSnyder@columbus.rr.com

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