About the Workshop

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism invites applications from Mississippi high school students for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg campus, June 15-22, 2014.

Application Deadline: Postmarked by May 10. 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. They will learn from local journalists and USM faculty how to cover the news. They’ll produce TV and radio newscasts, a newspaper and a Web site.  They will cover the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer,” which commemorates a massive voter registration drive for African Americans in 1964.

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 is free to students, thanks to the generous support of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, the Mississippi Press Association, and Raycom Media.

Questions: Contact Dr. Gina Chen, high school workshop director, at gina.chen@usm.edu or 228-229-2783. 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 Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement.

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