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Scripps’ High School Journalism, Media Workshops under way at OHIO

Jul 10, 2014

High school students tour campus as part of the High School Journalism Workshop on Wednesday, July 9. / Photos by Eli Hiller

Scripps’ High School Journalism, Media Workshops under way at OHIO

Nearly 175 students on campus for introduction to the industry

By Erin Roberts

ATHENS, Ohio (July 10, 2014)—Nearly 175 high school students from across the nation arrived at the main campus of Ohio University in Athens earlier this week for the High School Journalism Workshop and the first High School Media Workshop. Both workshops conclude Sat., July 12. 

The High School Journalism Workshop offers high school students and teachers the opportunity to interact with our faculty while learning the latest techniques for doing journalism in a school setting. The 2014 workshop includes faculty from the School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication, two of the premier institutions in the nation.

“We’re very excited to have more than 100 participants in this year’s workshop from eleven different states and even more excited to have such great alums coming back to speak — folks like Clarence Page of The Chicago Tribune, Meghan Louttit of The New York Times, Tim Burke of Deadspin — and several others,” said E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart. “We want to inspire these young journalists to strive to be the best and to consider the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism when it comes time to go to college." 

During the program, students learned about print newswriting, blogging, video production, page design, social media and convergence journalism. More information on the journalism workshop can be found at Follow coverage on Twitter or find photos on Flickr using #HSJW14

The High School Media Workshop is a new offering from the School of Media Arts & Studies. Workshop director and School of Media Arts & Studies Professor Karen Riggs said the intent was to get students exposed to the field and the school while giving them a chance to interact with both faculty and peers with like interests and ambitions. 

“The students are really engaged,” Riggs said. “They are doing all kinds of hands-on activities and are enjoying working together on the Ohio University campus.” 

Students are interacting with the school’s faculty while learning the latest techniques in audio and music, video, animation and social media. Four undergraduate student ambassadors from the school are serving as group leaders and assisting faculty in workshop sessions. 

Fifty-five students are attending the workshop, said Riggs, with workshop participants hailing from seven different states, including California, Alabama and New Jersey. 

Aaron Harmon, of Galt, Calif., near Sacramento, is one of those out-of-state participants. His father, also named Aaron Harmon, is an alumnus of the college and found out about the workshop through the Scripps Promise e-newsletter, sent out monthly by the Scripps College of Communication.

“My dad saw it and asked if I’d like to come,” said Harmon, who counts the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University among his top five picks for college. “It’s a great experience, and I’m learning that there is a lot to learn and about resources I did not know were available.”

More information on the workshop can be found at Follow coverage on Twitter at #OUHSMW