Local dailies to run Urban Journalism stories, photos

Local dailies to run Urban Journalism stories, photos

Check the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune newspaper Wednesday, July 5, for news stories and photographs by 14 high school students who participated in the Urban Journalism Workshop at the University of St. Thomas from June 18 to 30.
The intensive two-week residential program introduced Minnesota high school students, particularly minority students, to the principles and skills of journalism.

The program also offers weekend and after-school classes in journalism, hosts an annual communications career fair, assists high school journalism classes, trains teachers, and mentors college students who are pursuing careers in journalism.

Three  students – Brittany Kingbird of Ponemah, Nick Anderson of Hopkins and Ibrahim  Hirsi of Minneapolis – laid out a camp newspaper with guidance from Dr. Robert Craig of St. Thomas.  

Jeehyun Choi of St. Paul, Katie Schleiss of Eden Prairie and Alice Liu of Shoreview produced podcasts with training from Toni Randolph of Minnesota Public Radio.

Frank Bi of Eden Prairie, Giovanni Ramos of Minneapolis and Abdiasziz Farah of Minneapolis built a Web site with training from Mike O’Donnell of St. Thomas.

Five students remain on campus this week on to produce short broadcast pieces with training from Dave Nimmer of St. Thomas.  

They are Vance McCain of Inver Grove Heights, David Hiel of Crystal, Mercedes Akinseye of Apple Valley, Sally Mahmoud of St. Louis Park and Angelica Birch of Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twin Cities Black Journalists and other media organizations sponsor the annual workshop, as well as other programs throughout the school year.