Summer Journalism Workshops for Students

This is a news video one of my students did the reporting on during the two-week Cronkite Institute for High School  at Arizona State in June.


Since I attend workshops during summer to brush up on journalism skills, I encourage my students to also sign up for summer workshops. Workshops not only teach students new skills or reinforce what I’ve taught them, but also offer an opportunity for students to learn additional leadership skills, become more independent and responsible, meet other high school journalists, visit new cities, and sometimes, experience their first time away from home.

Most of the workshops I suggest they apply for are free workshops, which are often competitive. I encourage students to apply if I know they’ll be returning to the newspaper or yearbook staff, especially if they’re taking on the role of an editor.


This year’s in-coming yearbook editor-in-chief was among the 44 students from across the country selected to attend the Asian American Journalists Association’s J-camp, a week-long hands-on journalism workshop that is taking place this week. She’s so excited about being at Emerson College (her dream school) in Boston that she’s sent me a couple of texts about her experience, including one about meeting the school’s dean of admissions. She’s my third student who’s attended AAJA’s J-Camp. The students’ work from each camp is posted online so they can share the work they produced with their classmates back at school.


Four of my student editors have attended Newspapers2, a week-long workshop based in Cal State Long Beach. They have a variety of strands, including reporting and writing, photography, design, online and one specifically for editor-in-chiefs. They also have sessions for advisers, which I’ve attended for two summers thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation for LAUSD advisers.That grant paid for registration for two students and I was able to secure other grants for the two other students to pay for their registration fees.

Recent graduate Carlos Godoy, who was on the newspaper staff for three years, attended both Newspapers2 and AAJA’s J-camp. He enjoyed the challenge of having to go out into the streets and find stories to cover; instead of just sticking to their campus, which students often do for high school publications.

“You don’t focus on people that are around you. You have to go find resources. You’re kind of on your own,” said Godoy, who served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper for the 2013-2014 school year. “You know what more you can do, as opposed to being guided.”

Godoy also relished the socializing opportunities of meeting other student journalists and professional journalists, and exploring a new city, in his case, Washington D.C. which is where J-Camp was held last year.

“You’re working and exploring with other people. There’s also bonding time with the people you work with,” said Godoy, who picked up design skills in Newspapers2 and video broadcast tips at J-Camp. “You can chose what to cover. You can make it fun and make it your own. It’s a really good way to enrich your skills so when you go back to school you are a bit brighter.”


This summer, our incoming online editor-in-chief attended the free two-week Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism at Arizona State University and was able to direct, edit and appear on screen in their broadcasts and news videos. The video at the top of this post is just one of the videos he worked on. Since my news video and broadcast knowledge is limited, I can’t wait for him to share his experience, videos and new-found knowledge that the rest of the staff when the new school year begins.


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