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High school journalists to acquire practical experience during Ohio University workshop

ATHENS, Ohio (June 20, 2006) -- More than 50 Ohio high school students will be roving journalists at Ohio University during the 61st annual E.W. Scripps High School Journalism Workshop Wednesday, June 21, through Saturday, June 24.

The workshop, hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, offers students classroom instruction and hands-on experience in print and broadcast journalism. Students participate in either a newspaper or TV news broadcast track. By the end of the four-day period, the students will have written and produced a newspaper or TV news segment.

"The exciting aspect of this format is that it allows students to put classroom learning to immediate practical use," said 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."  Current Ohio University journalism students will mentor the students in preparing for interviews.

Workshop instructors include E.W. Scripps faculty, award-winning high school journalism teachers, working journalists, and faculty and staff from other areas of the Scripps College of Communication.

A multicultural grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation will fund 13 students' participation, an effort aimed at increasing diversity in the newsroom.

Special general sessions include a discussion of the First Amendment and making the most of jobs and internships. This year's guest speakers include Thomas Suddes, political columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Erin Hill, copyeditor for the Akron Beacon Journal.

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

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:  Workshop Director Lisa Lopez Snyder, (614) 216-0725 or LopezSnyder@columbus.rr.com, or Director of Media Relations  Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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