High School Journalism Workshop

June 24-27, 2015


Four days of in-depth media training in (select one):

  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper
  • Broadcasting

Hands-on, one-of-a-kind opportunity: just two descriptions of the annual University of Idaho High School Journalism Workshop for students and advisers. The workshop is organized through the UI School of Journalism and Mass Media.

Specifically, students will:

  • Learn the basics of news, experiencing the latest techniques first-hand and how these basics apply in the rapidly shifting delivery systems used by news organizations.
  • Explore new trends, including the use of Vine and Instagram to tell stories.
  • Understand the legal and ethical aspects of the profession.
  • Hold discussions about careers in journalism
  • Students will put their skills to immediate use by writing stories for the Argonaut online and crafting video stories for the web.

Teachers will:

Attend sessions along with students and still have sessions on their own concerning:

  • Participate in the newsroom experience, if they wish.
  • Work with UI faculty on dual credit classes
  • Teachers can earn continuing education credit (email Dr. Rebecca Tallent)

The workshop:

  • Attendees will live in a UI dorm and eat in the university dining facilities. Students will be supervised by UI student interns, who will also work with the students on their stories.
  • Attendees will be able to interact with faculty, media professionals, guest speakers and interviewees for stories.

Workshop Costs

The workshop is $300 for students or teachers, which covers the cost of room, meals and materials.


The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Students need to send in a completed application form and in the packet include a letter of recommendation from a teacher, include a writing sample (published or unpublished newspaper article or class essay), a 200-300 word essay .

Teachers need to email a letter of interest to Dr. Rebecca Tallent.

The 2015 High School Journalism Workshop is sponsored by Howard and Ursula Dubin Foundation of Evanston, Ill.

*A limited number of student scholarships are available.