Summer journalism workshop seeks applications from students, teachers

Thursday, March 4 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – "Storytelling in the Digital Age" is the theme for the 2010 Multicultural High School Journalism Workshop at the University of Idaho scheduled for June 18-25 in Moscow.

Designed for high school students and teachers, the workshop will be a hands-on experience in newspaper, radio and television news led by professional journalists and University of Idaho faculty. It is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS),

The week-long workshop begins at noon on Friday, June 18, for high school teachers, who can earn professional development experience for the week. Students will arrive at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 for an intense, hands-on multimedia experience. The workshop ends at noon on Friday, June 25.

“The media industries are changing rapidly, but the demand for students with strong research, writing and editing skills remains strong,” said Patricia Hart, JAMM acting director.

During their time on campus, the students and teachers will write newspaper stories, produce radio news reports and conduct interviews for a television news program, all of which will be placed on the Internet, said Rebecca Tallent, workshop director. In addition, participants will travel to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation to meet with the Council Fires newspaper staff and talk with tribal leaders about the upcoming radio station for the tribe.

The program targets students currently enrolled in grades 10 and 11 – who will be juniors and seniors next school year – in schools in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Graduating seniors who plan to attend the University of Idaho in fall 2010 also are eligible to apply. Students from traditionally under-represented groups in the news media are especially encouraged to apply, Tallent said.

High school teachers will receive a refresher course in the fundamentals of journalism as well as legal and ethical issues for student journalists. In addition, there will be sessions on how to better teach students from different racial backgrounds and receive tips about advising students responsible for high school newspapers, yearbooks and Web sites.

Support for the workshop comes from CLASS and covers tuition, room and board for all workshop participants. Teachers who wish college credit may enroll in JAMM 403, a special topic section for the workshop, on their own. Students and teachers must provide their own transportation to and from Moscow.

Student applications are due May 1 and are available from the JAMM Web site: Interested teachers should contact Tallent at (208) 885-8872 or via e-mail at
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit