Ohio Journalist

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

By Danielle Hale & Tiffany Ogden | Photos by Eli Hiller

(December 1, 2015) — Each summer students from all over the world are invited to Ohio University to get a taste of what the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism has to offer, and fall in love with Athens.

The four-day High School Journalism workshop gives high school students and student newspaper advisers a great opportunity to learn important journalism skills at one of the best schools in the country. Students get to learn the latest techniques in journalism and earn college credit. They get experience in all forms of journalism and explore new trends in social media.

“It is a great chance for high school students to check us out, and meet faculty and possible future classmates,” E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart said.

In 2013, 74 students traveled from 61 high schools to attend the workshop. Twenty-three of those students received a diversity scholarship.

Each year there are different instructors and speakers for the event. In 2014, speakers included Clarence Page, Tim Burke, Meghan Louttit and Jim Schaefer.

Faculty members Nerissa Young and Justice Hill coordinated the program. Young is also the academic adviser to all freshmen in the journalism school and also conducts Bobcat Student Orientation.

“Many of our workshop participants come to Scripps,” Young said. “When they do, they will see a familiar face.The goal is a seamless transition for new students.”

For many students, the workshop helps make them sure they are meant to be Bobcats. Alex Stuckey, a 2012 alumna of Scripps and now a statehouse reporter in Missouri, participated in the workshop and thinks it allows students the opportunity to test out Scripps.

“The workshop acts as a way for students to decide if journalism is what they really want to do,” Stuckey said. “For me, it just reinvigorated my love for it.”

Stuckey wasn’t the only student who left the workshop with a deeper love of journalism. Danielle McCarthy attended the workshop the summer after her high school senior year and had already committed to OU, but she left the workshop even more energized. “I already decided on OU, but it made me love it even more,” Mc- Carthy said.

Not all students who attend the workshop have their minds made up about becoming a Bobcat. “I attended the workshop in order to really make my final decision as to where to go and also where to study,” freshman Stephen Olson said. “The workshop allowed me to knock Bowling Green State University off my top-two list.”

The workshop gives students a little taste of what it would be like if they become students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. “It helped me see what a college classroom atmosphere would be like before I got here, which was really cool,” McCarthy said.

Alumni have played important roles in recent years.

Brian McIntyre was a 1991 graduate of Scripps and became the face of the workshop for the summer of 2011. “Brian was a loyal Bobcat,” Stewart said. “He would come back to OU any time he was asked.”

McIntyre was a successful broadcaster for many stations in Ohio including Cleveland and Columbus. As part of the workshop he taught broadcast and created a newscast for the students to explain their work and show it. Brian was the anchor.

The following year he died from cancer. Brian’s spirit in the High School Journalism Workshop hasn’t stopped.

“Justice Hill taught Brian and agreed to pick up the mantle,” Stewart said.

Hill played an important role in the 2014 workshop with Young. They helped teach a new group of students about journalism and helped them fall in love with Ohio University and Scripps.

“It always encourages me to see who will be bringing folks the news as the next generation,” Young said.

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