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Next workshop set for July 15-18, 2015

Every summer, the school 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. Mark your calendar to attend the 2015 High School Journalism Workshop!

The 2014 workshop included faculty from the School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication, two of the premier institutions in the nation. Check out the Facebook page for the 2014 workshop, as well as the website with all of the stories produced by the 100+ students attending the most recent program. Check out the photos from the 2014 workshop.

Ohio University's 2015 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!

During the program, students will learn new tricks of the reporting trade that will help them become complete multimedia journalists: print newswriting, blogging, video production, page design, and everything in between. They will explore new trends in social media and convergence journalism.

Finally, students will put their skills to use in the Converged Newsroom, an environment in which students will create professional-quality stories, videos, and other multimedia news products.

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

High school students will:

  • Take part in a flexible multimedia journalism curriculum.
  • Attend general session discussions on journalism trends, legal issues, and careers.
  • Receive feedback from award-winning faculty and professional journalists on their scholastic publications and productions.
  • Work as part of a team to report and produce news as part of a converged newsroom.
  • Earn one hour of college credit (eligible students must be juniors or seniors, have at least a B average, and complete an additional application form).
  • Develop contacts that last a lifetime.

Advisers will:

  • Attend sessions of their choosing. Advisers may tag along with their students, or may attend other sessions if they wish.
  • Take part in the general sessions, as well as sessions aimed at advisers.
  • Participate in the Converged Newsroom, if they wish to do so.

One teacher talks about her experience during the 2013 workshop.

Students and advisers will choose classes on the registration form and every effort is made to accommodate those choices. There are several great options so you will not be disappointed. The 2014 workshop fee was $250, which included room and board for program, attendance at the sessions, and all materials. We expect to offer the workshop at a similar cost in 2015. 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 2015 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 15), 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 18, following a closing assembly. Dorm check-out is at 2 p.m.

For those traveling long distances, dorm rooms are available Tuesday evening (July 14) 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.

Watch for the registration form which should be available March 1, 2015!