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DJNF High School Journalism Workshops

The Dow Jones News Fund sponsors summer high school journalism workshops to promote careers in journalism among students who may have faced barriers to pursuing careers in the news field. The Fund only accepts workshop proposals by invitation, please do not send a letter of inquiry or grant proposal.

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Journalism Diversity Workshop
At University of Arizona in Tuson, Ariz.
Workshop dates: June 5-11, 2016
Application Deadline: April 8, 2016

Participants live on campus for seven days/six nights and with the guidance of industry professionals and student mentors, they produce a newspaper and website with content created by participants. They also learn to blog, create a multimedia piece as well as a 30-second radio spot.

Ms. Elena Stauffer, workshop director
University of Arizona School of Journalism
845 N. Park Ave.
Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Third Floor, Room 334
Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
(520) 621-9616

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Mosaic Journalism Workshop
At San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.
Mosaic Journalism Workshop, a non-profit program, was established in 1991 by four journalists who wanted to mentor and inspire future journalists. From the beginning, The Mercury News, San Jose State University, Dow Jones News Fund and Latino Journalists of California have committed professional talent and resources to train high school students in journalism for a two-week period. Mosaic has trained hundreds of high school students, many of whom became professionals in traditional and new media. Mosaic alumni have gone on to work at the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC-KNTV 11, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Minneapolis Star Tribune and other news media agencies across the country.    

Marcos Cabrera, workshop director
Mosaic at San Jose Mercury News
4 N. 2nd Street, Suite 800
San Jose, CA 95113
(831) 809-3846 

C-HIT Investigative Summer Reporting Workshop
At Yale University in New Haven, Conn. and University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.
Workshop dates: June 26 - July 1, 2016 at Yale University
July 18-22, 2016 at University of Connecticut
Deadline: May 20, 2016

C-HIT's reporting workshops will provide up to 25 high school students (each week) with the opportunity to develop investigative reporting skills in a unique workshop environment led by local and national journalists.Selected students will learn the tools of investigative journalism by participating in workshops led by award-winning journalists; working on stories for publication; and spending a day visiting local a local newsroom.

Lisa Chedekel and Lynne DeLucia, workshop co-directors
University of Connecticut and Yale University

Email: Lynne DeLucia
(203) 215-6373

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Peace Sullivan-James Ansin Summer Journalism Workshop
At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Workshop dates: July 10-30, 2016
Application Deadline: April 22, 2016

Accepted students live in the UM residence halls, work with experienced faculty and professionals and produce a printed newspaper and website on a topic of interest to South Florida. The program includes an intensive audio-video boot camp, classes in reporting and writing, media law, ethics and the business of journalism.  Trips to local media are included as well.

Contact: Sam Terilli, workshop director
School of Communications
P.O. Box 248127
Coral Gables FL 33125-2105
(305) 284-8451


Urban Culture: Grassroots to Global 
At Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
Workshop Dates: July 5-August 11, 2016
Deadline: May 27, 2016

If you thought this line—“Some teens in Chicago have never seen Lake Michigan”—was an urban legend, you’d be incorrect. It is also true that many teens who live on the South Side have never been to the North Side or to Devon Avenue, a district rich in Southeast Asian culture. There are teens on the North Side and West Side who have never ventured to Bronzeville, one of Chicago’s historic African-American neighborhoods.  And in between are all those cultural delicacies that young people are missing: museums, community centers, churches, restaurants, historic park fieldhouses.  Chicago arguably may have slipped from the list as one of the most segregated cities in America, but the stigma remains. When commuting in this city, one still feels the separateness, underscored by news of gun violence or lack of summer jobs that only amplify the divide. The goal of this workshop is to introduce teens to the tapestry of Chicago ethnic neighborhoods and cultures and to celebrate the immigrants and the Great Migrators who created this global mosaic. Within those ethnic communities are generations who are working to bridge the divide and to improve their neighborhoods. But there are indeed problems in these communities. We will introduce the teens to some of the community leaders (some of whom are youth) who are working to change that.

Brenda Butler, workshop director
Columbia Links, Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 369-8993
Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop
At the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Workshop dates: July 9-17, 2016
Application deadline: April 15, 2016

Since 1971, the Missouri School of Journalism and Dow Jones News Fund have provided an intensive, nine-day workshop to immerse high school students from all over the country in the world of professional journalism. With guidance from a staff of professional journalists, faculty and MU journalism students, the participants cover real stories in and around Columbia, Missouri. Participants will produce print stories for the Urban Pioneer, published online by the Columbia Missourian. Some students will also produce television stories for KOMU, the local NBC affiliate. Workshop participants are funded by scholarship and selected based on a competitive application process.

Professor Anna Romero, workshop director
Missouri School of Journalism
132 Neff Annex
Columbia, MO 65211-1200
(573) 882-6031

Urban Journalism Workshop
At New York University in New York City
Workshop dates: July 11 - 20, 2016
Application deadline: April 25, 2016

The Urban Journalism Workshop at New York University is designed to develop the next generation of great journalists. A diverse group of twenty high school juniors and seniors from the New York City metropolitan area (including New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester) will come together to spend 10 days attending an intensive and rewarding journalism "boot-camp" held at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

Contact: Andrea Caldarise
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-8044

Journalism in July
At University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas
Workshop dates: July 10-17, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016

Journalism in July at UTEP is a one-week intensive multimedia journalism workshop for 20 El Paso-Ciudad Juarez metropolex high school students. The one week residential on-campus workshop includes bilingual workshops and skills straining by local area media parofessionals and journalism professors. Students visit local English and Spanish media outlets and produce their own digital news site.

Contact: Dr. Zita Arocha, workshop director
University of Texas at El Paso
Communication Department, Cotton 202
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968-0633
(915) 747-8798

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