by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
This past June (19th-22nd), high school journalism students worked morning, noon and night on the Athens campus to learn how to cover their high schools.
More than 80 students from twelve states registered for the 68th annual workshop. Thirty participants received diversity scholarships provided by the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Sessions covered the gamut — from the basics to how to cover sensitive subjects. The session on sensitive subjects gave me an idea. What would students at the workshop say was not being adequately covered in their own high schools? Here’s that they said:
Tess Wigginton, a teacher from Newark Catholic High School, also took part in this year’s workshop, sitting in on the critique session I conducted.
A couple of very interesting wrinkles in this year’s workshop:
1. For the first time, we had a group of students producing a magazine for the iPad. The magazine is available through the iBooks store (for free) to download. If you don’t have an iPad, you can download a PDF of the magazine.
2. Ten participants already graduated from high school and plan to attend Ohio University in the fall. A couple of them remarked on Saturday that they’d be moving into their dorms in exactly two months. And they couldn’t wait.
This year’s workshop accomplished exactly what you’d want it to accomplish: teach critical skills, and create a passion for journalism. Here are some photos of the workshop, taken by Eli Hiller from the School of Visual Communication.