Summer Workshop Offers Hands-on Journalism Experience

Tuesday, March 11 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – High school students and teachers will be able to explore multi-media journalism during a workshop June 25-28 at the University of Idaho.

Fifteen high school students and up to five teachers from around the Northwest will learn about the rapidly changing media environment from professional journalists and UI faculty. The workshops include tracks in news, broadcasting and yearbook for students. There will be separate sessions for teachers and newspaper or yearbook advisers.

“We want students to learn the skills of a 21st century reporter – which means knowing how to write for social media,” said workshop director Rebecca Tallent, a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Media. “We also recognize that high school students who work on their student papers and yearbooks need skills that can immediately be put to good use for their publications.”

In addition to well-known sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, speakers will demonstrate how media outlets use Instagram, Vine and Tumblr to collect and disseminate news, photographs and videos for both print and broadcast.

Students pursuing the yearbook track will learn best practices of layout and design as well as strategies to compile materials and meet deadlines. Teachers will review the basics of new reporting, writing and editing, as well as legal, ethical and diversity issues for student publications.

The program targets students enrolled in grades 10 and 11 in high schools in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. In addition, graduating seniors who plan to attend the University of Idaho in the fall of 2014 are eligible. Students from diverse backgrounds, including members of Northwest tribes, are especially encouraged to apply, Tallent said.

The workshop is sponsored by the Hagadone Corp. of Coeur d’Alene, the Newspaper Association of Idaho, the Idaho Statesman of Boise, the Times News of Twin Falls, and Tribune Publishing Co., owner of The Lewiston Tribune and Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

For students, the workshop fee is $300, which covers tuition, workshop materials, meals and two nights in a University of Idaho residence hall. A limited number of scholarships provided by workshop sponsors are available. To request an application form, email: Students must also provide a letter of support from a teacher and a writing sample. The application deadline is May 1.

High school teachers who teach journalism or video production or advise a student newspaper, yearbook or magazine are eligible to attend for a $200 registration fee. Professional development credits through the university may be arranged. To apply, teachers should send a letter of interest to Tallent at


About the School of Journalism and Mass Media
The University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) combines hands-on professional programs with a liberal arts approach to the study of mass media. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Advertising, Broadcasting and Digital Media, Journalism and Public Relations.

Contacts: Rebecca Tallent, School of Journalism and Mass Media, (208) 885-8872(208) 885-8872,

Kenton Bird, School of Journalism and Mass Media, (208) 885-4947(208) 885-4947,

About the University of Idaho
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