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UI School of Journalism offers summer workshops for high school journalists

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication will hold its annual summer journalism workshops for high school students July 26-31. This year's program includes workshops for yearbook, newspaper/newsmagazine, desktop publishing, photography, and broadcast.

More than 150 high school editors and staff members from Iowa and surrounding states are expected to participate, giving students the opportunity to learn from each other as well as from experienced faculty members.

At the end of the week, students who have done outstanding work will be recognized at each workshop's honors assembly. Scholarships will be presented by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to selected students who plan to pursue a major in journalism at the UI. All students who successfully finish the program will receive certificates of completion.

Reservations for summer workshops must be received by June 12. Reservation forms have been sent to high-school journalism teachers or yearbook advisers.

The fee for the yearbook, broadcast, and newspaper/newsmagazine workshops is $290. Photography and desktop publishing workshops are $305. Workshop fees include tuition, room and board in a UI residence hall, and most supplies. For more information contact: Vanessa Shelton, Director, Summer Journalism Workshops; W303 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1528; (319) 335-3318;

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication also offers summer journalism workshops for high-school teachers. These workshops carry graduate credit, which can also be applied toward certification, and teachers can earn up to eight credit hours by attending several sessions. Instructors for the workshops include Mark Goodman, director of The Student Press Law Center, as well as UI faculty members and several advisers to national-award-winning high school publications.

Topics to be covered in the teachers' workshops include: introduction to photoshop; newspaper advising; desktop design and graphics on the Macintosh; high school press law; teaching of journalistic writing, reporting, and editing; advanced graphics and Windows 95; photojournalism; and yearbook advising. Courses are staggered in three- to five-day sessions between June 22 and July 31.

Fees for the teachers' workshops are based on the number of credit hours they carry; two-credit workshops are $352 and one-credit workshops are $176. Reservation forms must be received at least three weeks before the first day of the workshops.

All reservation forms, for both student and teacher workshops, should be mailed with applicable fees to: Vanessa Shelton, Director, Summer Journalism Workshops; W303 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1528.