Summer journalism program under way for high school students

Summer journalism program under way for high school students

Twenty high school students are participating in the annual ThreeSixty Summer Journalism Workshop that got under way yesterday at the University of St. Thomas.

The two-week journalism camp will run until June 29 on the university’s campus in St. Paul .

Six of the students are African-American, seven are Asian-American, three are Latino and four are Caucasian. Eight of them also will participate in a one-week broadcasting camp from July 3 to 7.

ThreeSixty is a nonprofit program that promotes high school journalism and encourages minority students to pursue careers in journalism. The program serves more than 400 high school students each year through a range of programs. It has been at St. Thomas since 2001 and is supported by contributions from Twin Cities’ media outlets, individuals and foundations. Information about ThreeSixty programs is available on its website: .

The students chosen for the summer workshop live on the St. Thomas campus and attend classes on writing, reporting, photography, layout and other aspects of journalism. St. Thomas journalism faculty and veteran journalists teach the classes and each student is paired with a professional mentor, who helps the student report and write an article to be published in either the Star Tribune or St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Students who participate in the workshop also become eligible to apply for a four-year scholarship to study journalism at St. Thomas.

Students chosen for the 2007 ThreeSixty Summer Journalism Workshop are:

  • Ben Pearce, a student at St. Paul 's Central High School. He covers sports for the school newspaper.
  • Michelle Berry, 18, a spring graduate of North Community High School in Minneapolis.
  • Kristopher Mitchell, 15, a freshman at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. Mitchell has worked for his school's online magazine.
  • Edgar Ivan Ullaguari, an 11th grader at Lincoln International High School in Minneapolis.
  • Julia Wang, a freshman at Eden Prairie High School where she has worked for the school newspaper.
  • Gyasi Jones, 18, a spring graduate of North Community High School.
  • Nicholas McClellan, a spring graduate of DeLaSalle High School.
  • Kyla Riley, a spring graduate of Humboldt High School in St. Paul.
  • Maggie Clemensen, a sophomore at Northwestern High School in South Dakota, where she is editor of the school newspaper.
  • Priyanka Kailash, an Eden Prairie High School junior who is interested in broadcast journalism.
  • Andrew Worrall, a spring graduate of Roseville Area High School, where he was active in newspaper, yearbook and broadcast journalism.
  • Idil Hassan, a spring graduate of Eden Prairie High School, where she anchored the high school newscast.
  • Tiana Daun, a junior at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, where she has worked on the student newspaper.
  • Levi Ismail, a junior at Anoka High School, where he works on the student newscast.
  • MySee Chang, a sophomore at Buffalo High School.
  • Thomas Birai, a sophomore at Osseo Senior High School.
  • Aimee Cote, a sophomore at Buffalo High School where she has been active on the newspaper and yearbook staffs.
  • Sheta Lo, a senior at St. Francis High School, where she works on the school newspaper.
  • Belle Lin, a sophomore at Mounds View High School, where she works on the school newspaper.
  • Matthew Smith, a junior at St. Paul's Como Park High School, where he works on the student newspaper.

The name, ThreeSixty, refers to the program’s effort to encourage a greater range of background and experience in journalism, as well as its use of multiple media to tell stories.