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Annual High School Journalism Workshop introduces students to news professions

Claire Berlin | Jul 19, 2017

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism High School Journalism Workshop Class of 2017. / Photo provided

Annual High School Journalism Workshop introduces students to news professions

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (July 19, 2017)—The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s annual High School Journalism Workshop, which took place July 12-15, introduced over 110 students to multiple perspectives of journalism including news reporting, photography and digital skills. Students had the opportunity to hear from visiting professionals and work with faculty from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the School of Visual Communication and staff from WOUB.

Bob Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the high school workshop, said one of the highlights of the week was being able to present three Brian McIntyre Memorial Scholarships to attending students. Alumni and friends of McIntyre, BSJ ’91, who passed away from cancer in May 2012, established the scholarship to provide funding for students to attend the High School Journalism Workshop.

“It’s the first time we have had those scholarships, and Brian’s widow (Megan) and son (Gavin) were able to be part of the presentation,” said Stewart. “That was very memorable, and made a great and lasting impression on the participants.”

The workshop format allowed students to select a specific track based on their interests. Throughout the week, students followed their track through several sessions, each one building on the last. Students could choose a track in news, magazine, photojournalism, broadcast, sports, mobile/online, design and advertising and public relations. Both the design and advertising and public relations tracks were new this year. In addition to the new tracks, Sony was the official equipment provider for the workshop.

Genesis Gonzalez, a senior from Cleveland, Ohio, said she enjoyed how open minded everyone was at the workshop. She said the biggest thing she learned was “the fact that you can tell a story just by taking a picture, just one shot and it tells the whole story.”

Junior Maeve Andang, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but is currently living in Kenya, was attending the workshop for the first time.

“I thought it would be super difficult and that I’d be intimidated by everyone and that I wouldn’t have a good time, but I really like it,” said Andang, who now hopes to attend the workshop again next year.

On the final day of the workshop, students presented their completed projects. The photojournalism track produced a short video featuring the images they captured during the week. The design track created a fun, info graphic film based on data about the workshop participants. Many of the news and magazine students interviewed international scholars from the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media program to write profiles.

“I am beyond grateful for the experiences that were opened and made possible to our Oyler [High School] kids,” said Tiffaney Hamm, the Community Learning Center Institute enrichment program manager, in an email to Director Bob Stewart following the workshop. “Ohio University has a beautiful campus, and we really enjoyed our time there. It was even a neater experience than I anticipated, as we watched their aspirations and goals come into focus with each picture they captured and each paragraph that they edited. I learned that confidence looks beautiful on our students faces.”

For more information on the High School Journalism Workshop, visit http://www.scrippsjschool.org/hsjw/. To see coverage of the workshop on Twitter, search #HSJW2017.

View photos from this year's workshop here.