About the Workshop

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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism invites applications from Mississippi high school students for the Remembering Hurricane Katrina Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg campus, June 14-21, 2015.

Application Deadline: Postmarked by May 9. Only complete applications will be considered.

Details: Students will learn how to report the news using a variety of multimedia tools, including print, photos, videos, broadcast, radio, and social media. The students’ news coverage will focus on a Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurrican Katrina, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history. Students will get a chance to meet and interview journalists who covered the aftermath of Katrina along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast. They’ll produce TV and radio newscasts, a newspaper and a Web site.

Who is eligible: Mississippi high school students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. Participants should have an interest in journalism, but prior experience with journalism is not required.

Fees: The workshop—including room and board—is free, thanks to support from the Dow Jones News Fund and other funders. Students will need only to provide their own transportation to and from the Hattiesburg campus.

Questions: Contact Dr. Robert Byrd, high school workshop director, at robert.d.byrd@usm.edu or 601.620.9931. Also be sure to "like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USMmultimediaworkshop.

How to apply: Include the following in your application:

1. Completed application (MS Word Version) (PDF Version). (You can print or type on the form. You CANNOT fill it out online).

2. Write a 2- to 3-page essay (double-spaced) that describes why you want to participate in the workshop. This essay should address your interest in journalism and the important role journalism plays in covering events such as Hurricane Katrina and other large-scale disasters.

3. Include a letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well – preferably a teacher – that describes your potential to succeed at this workshop and your potential as a journalist.

4. A sample of your work. This could be a newspaper article you wrote for the student paper, a photo essay or video you produced, or an essay you wrote for class. For multimedia, please supply a link to the video (on YouTube, for example) or provide it on a CD or DVD. Samples will not be returned. Work samples DO NOT need to be published.

5. Official high school transcript.


Mail application to:

Dr. Robert Byrd, Director, High School Workshop
School of Mass Communication and Journalism
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5121
Hattiesburg, MS 39406