Journalism in July Camp to focus on Multimedia Journalism

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Students participating in Journalism in July produced the e-magazine That's What They Said. (Borderzine.com)

Students participating in Journalism in July produced the e-magazine That's What They Said. (Borderzine.com)

EL PASO – Twenty high school journalism students from the El Paso and Juárez area are expected to participate in The University of Texas at El Paso’s annual Journalism in July camp. This year’s camp runs from July 14-22 and will focus primarily on the multimedia aspect of journalism.

“Journalism is an increasingly competitive field,” said Zita Arocha, director of borderzine.com, senior lecturer of communication at UTEP and coordinator of Journalism in July. “Multimedia experience is essential for students’ future success.”

During the nine-day camp, presented in workshop format, students will attend lectures and seminars about brainstorming, reporting, photography, videography and editing. UTEP faculty and local media professionals will teach classes and seminars.

Throughout the week, local media professionals will mentor students while they navigate through creating an online newspaper. Students generate everything from the name of the publication, That’s What They Said, to the stories and multimedia. UTEP’s Department of Communication will host the online newspaper on its website.

All participants in the camp are housed at Miner Village.

“Not only are we interested in immersing the students in multimedia journalism, but we also want them to have a first-hand understanding of university life and all that UTEP has to offer,” Arocha said.

Journalism in July is an annual camp supported by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and local sponsors.

Information: Zita Arocha, 915-747-5129 or zarocha@utep.edu

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