December 22, 2014  

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Southern Miss Seeking Applicants for High School Journalism Workshop

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Justina Greer (from left), Elizabeth Winton and Yolanda Cruz interview Camp Invention participants as part of the 2011 Southern Miss High School Journalism Workshop. Cruz is now a news-editorial senior in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, which puts on the workshop. She will be helping run this year's workshop, which is June 15 to 22 at the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 15-22.

Selected participants will study under professional journalists and the Southern Miss journalism faculty.  They will meet with newsmakers and cover timely stories, produce television and radio newscasts, a newspaper and a website.

The students’ news coverage will focus on a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when hundreds of volunteers came to Mississippi in 1964 to launch a massive voter registration drive for African Americans. The USM Center of Black Studies, the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists, and the city of Hattiesburg are sponsoring a conference from June 19-21 to commemorate Freedom Summer.

Students currently in grades 10 through 12 at Mississippi high schools are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 10.

“Our goal is to give talented young people a taste of the excitement of covering real news to show them what a career in journalism is like,” said Dr. Gina Chen, assistant professor and workshop director.  “This year’s workshop is particularly noteworthy because students will be covering the commemoration of Freedom Summer, an event with national significance in Mississippi’s history.”

The workshop is free to selected students. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, the Mississippi Press Association and Raycom Media have provided funding.

Students with an interest in producing multimedia stories about multicultural issues are especially encouraged to apply.  “We created the workshop in 2010 to help address two needs in the journalism industry,” said Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “First, news organizations need young people who know how to effectively apply the wide variety of new media applications.  Second, they need journalists who are able to negotiate the diversity of American cultures.”

Applications and additional information about the workshop can be at the School of Mass Communication and Journalism website at http://www.usm.edu/mcj or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USMmultimediaworkshop. For more information, contact Gina Chen, director of the workshop, at gina.chen@usm.edu or 228-229-2783.