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The IPF/EIU High School Journalism Workshop is a 10-day residential program that provides students an intimate look at journalism as a career. The goal is to educate students about the journalism profession, including approaches by modern, digital newsrooms. The workshop introduces students to the complete process of publishing news: gathering and validating information, substantiating and using multiple sources, writing news, editing, designing, and production. In addition, students are exposed to the concepts of news literacy and how to differentiate and establish fact from fiction in today's sometimes frenetic, rush-‐to-‐report news environment.
Professional journalists provide most of the instruction through presentations and hands-‐ on exercises. Students start reporting immediately, beginning with a story by the end of the first day. By the end of the 10 days, students will write at least three stories, take at least two news photos, report through social media, post stories on a news website, and edit/design. More than 30 journalists assist each year, representing news organizations throughout Illinois and from nearby states. In past years, journalists have included those from the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald, Associated Press, (Champaign) News-‐Gazette, Chicago Sun-‐Times, Chicago Tribune, (Decatur) Herald & Review, ESPN, Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Journal-‐Gazette, Indianapolis Star, Jet magazine, Mattoon Journal-‐Gazette & Charleston Times-‐Courier, Peoria Journal-‐Star, (Robinson) Daily News, St. Louis Post-‐Dispatch, Pinckneyville Press, Lebanon Advertiser, Taylorville Breeze-‐Courier, (Terre Haute, Ind.) Star-‐Tribune.
In the second week, students intern at several newspapers. Sites typically include the Champaign News-‐Gazette, Charleston Times-‐Courier & Mattoon Journal-‐Gazette, Decatur Herald & Review, Robinson Daily News, Taylorville Breeze-‐Courier, and Effingham Daily News. For three days, students are driven to participating papers, where they work with journalists on assignments, which range from coverage of murder trials to interviewing the governor to exploring county fairs.
For entertainment as well as instruction, students will participate in several other field trips. Students have toured the Ernie Pyle Museum, a local Amish community, Lincoln Library in Springfield, Lincoln Log Cabin (once a working farm for Abraham Lincoln's parents), and hiked through Turkey Run State Park.
The bulk of funds is provided by the Illinois Press Foundation. The Dow Jones News Fund and the McCormick Foundation are also significant contributors to the program. Housing, meals and tuition are paid from these funds.
Students must complete an application form that is available above. Other requirements are (1) completion of sophomore year in high school, (2) a 500-‐word essay by the student describing his/her career goals and how the workshop would help achieve those goals; (3) submission of three samples of the student's writing, preferably published non-‐fiction or graded essays; (4) two letters of recommendation from the student's teachers/advisers. If possible, email all materials as documents, scans or PDFs to the email address below. Final application deadline is May 18, 2016, but entries may be judged and internship slots filled earlier. So apply early.
Need more information? Contact Joe Gisondi, workshop director, 2016 IPF/EIU High School Journalism Workshop, by phone (217.581.6003), fax (217.581.7188) or e-‐mail (email@example.com).