Twelve Mississippi high school students completed a weeklong journalism workshop hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi June 20 - 26.
The students produced a newspaper, Web site, television newsmagazine and daily newscasts for WUSM-FM. They met professional journalists and newsmakers and worked under the supervision of Southern Miss journalism students and faculty members.
“It was a great week,” said Kim LeDuff, director of the Southern Mississippi Journalism Workshop and the assistant director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “The students got a very good taste of what it’s like to work as a professional journalist, and they got the opportunity to cover important topics like multiculturalism in Mississippi and the oil spill that’s affecting the Gulf Coast.”
The students who completed the workshop included:
Miranda Adams, a senior from Bay High School in Waveland
Victoria Bonney, a junior from Our Lady Academy in Pass Christian
Ruth Brown, a senior from Starkville High School
Vanessa Cotton, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson
Katherine Frye, a junior from Ocean Springs High School
Keiona Green, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson
Meagan Holcomb, a senior from Purvis High School
Seth Houston of Laurel, who recently completed his high school home education and will attend Jones County Junior College in the fall
Ashley Longino, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson
Naomi Page, a junior from Ocean Springs High School
Lauren Taggart, a junior from Ocean Springs High School
Alex Washington, a recent graduate of Clinton High School who will attend Southern Miss in the fall.
The workshop was funded by grants from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, the Gannett Foundation and the Mississippi Press Association.
“The industry funds these workshops because it realizes that journalism camps – especially those that make a point of stressing the need for journalists who understand issues related to cultural diversity – are very important,” said Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “Many journalists cite workshops like this one as the launching points for their careers.”
Campbell said the school intends to make the workshop an annual event. The students’ work, including their blogs, can be viewed at the workshop’s Web site: http://www.usm.edu/highschooljournalismworkshop/. For more information, contact Dr. Kim LeDuff at
or 601.266.5461, or Dr. Chris Campbell at
Instructor Rodney McDonald operates the camera as Naomi Page, a junior from Ocean Springs High School, reports about the oil spill from the Gulf Coast Research Lab. (Photo by Meagan Holcomb, Purvis High School)
Meagan Holcomb, a senior from Purvis High School, and Katherine Frye, a junior from Ocean Springs High School, collaborate on their newspaper stories. (Photo by Ruth Brown, Starkville High School)
Alex Washington, a recent graduate of Clinton High School, works on his radio news story in the studios of WUSM-FM. (Photo by Victoria Bonney, Forrest Hills High School)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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