UTEP Summer Workshop to Focus on Web Journalism for a Multimedia Age



DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: APRIL 2, 2010 (Deadline extended to April 16, 2010)

To all El Paso area high school journalism/media advisors:

We invite you to nominate your top journalism students for “Journalism in July” on the UTEP campus from July 9-17.

This summer’s 9-day residential workshop trains high school journalists in the basics of news reporting and writing and how to use digital tools (video, audio, photography) to tell stories on the web. Students will also create their own multimedia web magazine filled with news and enterprise stories and featuring digital photography and video.

Franklin High School student, Vernon Shanker, at KTEP facilities during the summer 2009 workshop. (Carlos Valdez/Journalism in July)

Coronado High School student, Vernon Shanker, at KTEP facilities during the summer 2009 workshop. (Carlos Valdez/Journalism in July)

The 20 student journalists will live on the UTEP campus  at the Miner Village dormitories. There is no cost to attend the workshop.

Future journalists will participate in journalism and media production workshops (taught on campus by UTEP faculty and media professionals), visit a broadcast media outlet and work one-on-one with professional news media mentors.

This year’s residential workshop, the 8th one, is sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Borderzine.com and the UTEP Department of Communication, and receives support from local sponsors such as the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Electric Company, among others.

You can download the student application clicking here. Please note that the completed form must be accompanied by the following: a teacher’s letter of nomination, an essay by the student, and writing samples, if available. If the student is selected, we will require his or her Social Security number or equivalent. We hope to notify applicants the week of May 1.

You may nominate more than one student from your school, but please understand that only 20 students will be selected. Dow Jones rules prohibit a student repeating a workshop in subsequent years, or going to two in the same summer, even if at different universities.

To get an idea of the top-quality work produced by last summer’s workshop participants, you can read all about it in their web magazine, 19teen Underground.

For questions, please feel free to contact Journalism in July Coordinator Mike Brooks, at (915) 747-6202 mebrooks@utep.edu, or Esther Barragán, coordinator for Borderzine.com, at (915) 747-8475 ebarraga@utep.edu.


Zita Arocha, director
Journalism in July


Related links:

Download application packet from here

19teen Underground

Journalism in July 2009 Picture Slideshow

Journalism in July 2009 KVIA Field Trip

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