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Release: May 6, 1999

UI to host summer journalism workshops for high school students July 25-30

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications will hold its annual summer journalism workshops for high school students July 25-30.

The program, which began 46 years ago, has been recognized for its excellence in guiding young journalism students in producing award-winning publications and towards the start of a successful career.

This year’s program offers a variety of choices, including workshops for yearbook, newspaper/newsmagazine, desktop publishing, photography and broadcast. Due to overwhelming response last year, new sessions in photography and desktop design have been added.

More than 170 high school editors and staff members from Iowa and surrounding states are expected to participate, giving students an opportunity to learn from each other as well as from experienced faculty members.

"During an intensive week of classes and experiences, students learn skills using state of the art equipment to enhance their publications for the next school year," said Vanessa Shelton, the director of the summer workshops. "For those considering journalism as a possible career, the workshops offer students an opportunity to hone their skills while exploring their interests."

At the end of the week, students who have done outstanding work will be recognized at an honors assembly. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will present scholarships to selected students who plan to pursue a major in journalism at the UI. All students who successfully complete the program will receive certificates of completion.

The fee for the yearbook and newspaper/newsmagazine workshops is $320. Photography, broadcast and desktop publishing fees are $330. Workshop fees include tuition, room and board in a UI residential hall and most supplies. Commuter fees are $270 for yearbook and newspaper sessions and $285 for broadcast, photography and desktop publishing sessions.

Limited scholarship funding is available.

Reservations for summer workshops must be received by June 12. Reservation forms have been sent to high-school journalism teachers and yearbook advisors. Additional forms are available upon request.

For more information contact, Vanessa Shelton, Director, Summer Journalism Workshops at (319) 335-3318; FAX 319-335-5210; or email IHSPA@uiowa.edu.