Alabama, Idaho High School Workshops Take Part in Unprecedented Exchange

High school students at two multicultural journalism workshops took part in an unprecedented exchange about their summer experiences, which were both funded by the Dow Jones News Fund.

A group of students from the Multicultural Journalism Program 2011 talked about their experiences covering the aftermath of the April 27 Tuscaloosa tornado. MJP Director Meredith Cummings joined her students.

Last week at least 10 different high school journalism workshops funded by the Dow Jones News Fund, took place at college campuses across the country.

Our Multicultural Journalism Workshop here at University of Alabama was one of them.

For the first time students from two of those workshops were able to talk to each other via the technology SKYPE.

A cohort of students from Alabama’s 28th Multicultural Journalism Workshop in Tuscaloosa shared their experiences in covering the aftermath of the devastating April 27th tornado with their counterparts at the JAMM (Journalism and Mass Media) Multicultural Workshop at the University of Idaho.

Students from the JAMM Multicultural Journalism at University of Idaho talked to the Alabama workshop students via SKYPE.

Thursday’s exchange across two time zones was arranged thanks to a link between Idaho’s workshop director Dr. Rebecca Tallent and UA Journalism Professor George Daniels.

The Idaho students represented several high schools from the state of Idaho while the Alabama’s workshop participants come from seven states.

During their workshop, the Idaho students traveled to Plummer, Idaho to the headquarters for rezKast, a social networking Web site known as the “YouTube for Native Americans.  They also visited with journalists at   The Coeur d’Alene Press.

The diversity of experience of students from both workshops added to the 40-minute exchange.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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