June 18, 2007
By Erin Roberts
More than 70 Ohio and out-of-state high school students will be roving journalists at Ohio University during the 62nd annual E.W. Scripps High School Journalism Workshop, June 20 through June 23.
The workshop, hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, offers students classroom and hands-on experience in print and broadcast journalism. Students will work in pairs to write and produce either a newspaper or television news segment.
"Young people are eager to put classroom learning to immediate use and that's what this workshop allows them to do," said Lisa Lopez Snyder, workshop director. Students receive a news assignment, conduct interviews across campus and town, and return to the computer lab or broadcast studio to complete their stories. Ohio University journalism students will mentor the young journalists.
Workshop instructors include E.W. Scripps faculty, award-winning high school journalism teachers, working journalists, and faculty and staff from the Scripps College of Communication's School of Telecommunications and School of Visual Communication and the WOUB Center for Public Media.
A multicultural grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation will fund 22 students' participation, as part of an effort to increase diversity in the newsroom. Special general sessions include a discussion on the First Amendment and covering school boards and politics. This year's guest speaker is Beth Dal Ponte, a reporter with NBC4 in Columbus and a 1997 graduate of the Scripps School.
All activities are held on the main campus of Ohio University and the students stay in a university dormitory. For a schedule and more information, please visit www.scripps.ohiou.edu/workshop/hsjw.htm.