This summer, high school students will have the opportunity to attend a five-day journalism workshop sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalist. The workshop, which takes place August 9th to 13th at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, is free and open to students in the 9th Grade and May 2017 High School graduates.
The High School Journalism Workshop—JSHOP—partners’ veteran journalist with incoming high school students and recent high school graduates. Over the last eight years, journalist have assisted over 100 high school students in seven different cities. Twenty-five percent of participants go on to major in Mass Communication and Journalism, while 75 percent of participants cite the program for improved critical thinking and communication skills.
“In our current environment, it is vital that we not only support journalists in the industry but clear a path for those coming behind us. Without a doubt, we must stay faithful to the tenets of truth, diversity, inclusion and growth,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ National President. “JSHOP allows high schools students to experience our profession in a way that shows them the value of our work, and why we need new people to join our ranks. And even if JSHOP participants are not interested in journalism careers, they walk away with a new skill set and a new network.”
This year, the National Association of Black Journalist and its accompanying JSHOP will be hosted in New Orleans. Last year NABJ held the conference in Washington D.C. and it will be held in Detroit, Michigan in the Summer of 2018.
In 2012, NABJ held JSHOP on Xavier University’s Campus, with over 15 students in attendance.
At the end of the workshop, NABJ will display the student-generated content on the official NABJ website.
To apply, visit the NABJ official website at www.nabj.org/page/HighSchoolWorkshop16. The deadline to submit the application is on Friday, June 30th.