Summer Workshop Offers Hands-On Journalism Experience

Thursday, May 23 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Registration is open for high school students and teachers wanting to explore multi-media journalism during a workshop July 11-13 at the University of Idaho.

Ten 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.

“We want students to learn the skills of a 21st century reporter – which means knowing how to write for social media as well as for traditional news outlets,” said workshop director Rebecca Tallent, a faculty member in the school of journalism and mass media.

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.

The program targets students currently 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 2013 are eligible. Students from diverse backgrounds, including members of Northwest tribes, are especially encouraged to apply, Tallent said.

High school teachers will review the fundamentals of journalism, as well as legal and ethical issues for student journalists. They will receive tips from experienced teachers and professionals about advising high school newspapers, yearbooks, TV programs and websites.

The workshop is sponsored by the Newspaper Association of Idaho, the Idaho Statesman of Boise, and Tribune Publishing Co., owners of The Lewiston Tribune and Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Cost of the workshop is $150, 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 June 14.

High school teachers who teach journalism or video production or advise a student newspaper, yearbook or magazine may register at no charge. Professional development credits through the university may be arranged. To apply, teachers should send a letter of interest to Tallent at
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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.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires 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, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: