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Next workshop: July 13-16, 2016


Every summer, the school offers high school students and teachers the opportunity to interact with our faculty and professional journalists while learning the latest techniques for doing journalism in a school setting. Mark your calendar to attend the 2016 High School Journalism Workshop!

The 2016 workshop will include faculty from the School of Journalism, the School of Visual Communication and the staff from WOUB, as well as several visiting professionals. Check out the Facebook page for the 2015 workshop, as well as the website with all of the stories produced by the 130+ students attending the most recent program. Check out the photos from the 2015 workshop.

Ohio University's 2016 High School Journalism Workshop will include:

  • Opportunities to experience the latest journalism techniques
  • Diversity scholarships that cover up to 100 percent of the cost of the workshop for students*
  • An opportunity to spend time on Ohio University's historic Athens campus
  • And the chance to earn college credit!

This year's keynote speaker:

Kainaz Amaria, multimedia producer, NPR.

When registering, participants will select from one of the following tracks:

  • Mobile/Online. Produce digital content; use mobile devices to shoot/edit (iPhone) video; and design visually appealing websites that are responsive to desktop/mobile platforms.
  • Sports. Cover sports with an emphasis on writing and editing engaging content for the sports enthusiast.
  • News/Magazine. Write/edit short and long-form stories for print; design publications that are visually appealing.
  • Broadcast. Report and write for broadcast; shoot and edit content for broadcast; create meaningful, coherent newscasts.
  • Photojournalism. Capture and edit images that have impact. Note: students in this track are encouraged to bring equipment. The workshop will provide equipment as needed.

Students also will:

  • Attend general sessions on journalism trends, legal issues, and careers.
  • Receive feedback from award-winning faculty and professional journalists on their scholastic publications and productions.
  • Earn one hour of college credit (eligible students must be juniors or seniors, have at least a B average). Information will be provided to those indicating interest in credit.
  • Develop contacts that last a lifetime.

In this video, participants in the 2013 workshop discuss stories they wish their school's papers would cover.


One teacher talks about her experience during the 2013 workshop.

Advisers will:

  • Attend track sessions
  • Collaborate with students and other advisers to produce content, if they wish to
  • Meet in an advisers-only session with JSchool Director Bob Stewart

Rank order the track choices when registering. Every effort is made to accommodate those choices. The 2016 workshop fee will be $300, which includes room and board for the program, attendance at the sessions, and all materials. Discounted rates are available for students and advisers who commute. There are no additional university fees for the optional one hour of credit, although students seeking credit must complete an additional application form.

Preliminary Information for the 2016 Workshop:


Students will stay in a campus dormitory, eat in university dining facilities, and interact with faculty, graduate students, media professionals, and current undergraduate students. The dorms and all activities are supervised. Workshop and dorm check-in will be noon-2:00 p.m. Wednesday (July 13), with the opening assembly scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Workshop sessions and converged newsroom activities run until 10 p.m. each night. The workshop ends Saturday, July 16, following a closing assembly. Dorm check-out is at 2 p.m.

For those traveling long distances, dorm rooms are available Tuesday evening (July 12) for an additional fee. Check-in time for early arrivers is 6-8:00 p.m. For any questions, please contact Robert Stewart, workshop director, at 740/593-2601, or by email at info@scrippsjschool.org.

* Diversity scholarships are available to students through support from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

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