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The Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop is celebrating 65 years this June, when scholastic editors from Ohio, New York, West Virginia and all points in between converge on Athens to immerse themselves in the world of digital news as well as soak in the traditions that formed and maintained journalism.

Over the decades, thousands of aspiring scholastic newshounds bulked up their reporting, honed their writing, shined up their pages, sharpened their photos and, perhaps most important of all, made friends and contacts that lasted through their professional and college careers.

The workshop has changed, of course, over the years. It began as a weeklong, intensive seminar centered almost exclusively on high school newspapers and teaching the skills editors needed to achieve their visions. As more and more high schools developed broadcast modules, the workshop changed to address those needs. As the Internet became more prominent, the workshop adapted again, including sessions on new media. In recent years, the workshop was shortened to one and a half days, both to keep down costs for attendants and to accommodate their busy schedules.

This year, however, marks a turning point for the workshop. It has been expanded to two and a half days to make room for an increased focus on digital and Internet newsgathering and distribution. In addition to traditional sessions on writing, page design, developing story ideas, law and ethics, the workshop features an intensive converged newsroom. Students will work with seasoned, award-winning faculty members to write stories, take video, post news reports, and produce news packages. Sessions have been added on social media for journalists, as well as using Web publishing tools for high school publications.

Because of the hands-on nature of the workshop, attendance will be limited. However, we still have plenty of room. We invite you to visit the workshop website and sign up to join us for what promises to be two and a half days of work and fun. If you are a high school junior with a B average or above, you can get one hour of OU credit for taking part in the converged newsroom. The fees outlined on the Website include meals and lodging in the residence halls.

We hope to see you here!

May 9, 2010

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