NKU summer program lets teens experience new age of news

For immediate release…
Tuesday – June 11, 2013

- They grew up with smartphones in their pockets and laptops in their classrooms. But high school journalists are struggling just like their professional counterparts with how to reinvent the news in the digital age.

“You’d be surprised how many high schools don’t do online stuff,” said Dean Hume, adviser for the nationally recognized Spark News Magazine at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio. “I am flabbergasted.”

While many teens are tech savvy, most don’t know how to apply that web mentality to journalism, Hume said. “Everybody thinks they do, but they don’t.”

Hume, along with media professionals and faculty at the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics, hope to change that with a June 17-21 program that trains high school students in innovative ways to gather and present the news.

Participants in the weeklong Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop will discover journalistic uses for some of the newest digital tools – like the six-second videos created through Vine, photo-sharing sites such as Instagram and widgets for creating interactive infographics.

They’ll also learn and practice traditional journalistic skills – from composing photos and editing video to interviewing and news writing. In addition, a group of NKU student mentors will guide the high school students through hands-on projects in producing multimedia news for the web.

Hume’s workshop sessions will focus on the secrets of success for high school news media and ethical dilemmas for high school journalists. Other workshop leaders include Bruce Crippen, a veteran photojournalist; Dr. Brad Scharlott, associate professor of journalism at NKU; John Gibson, producer/multi-media engineer with the NorseMedia television station and a lecturer in the NKU electronic media program; and Michele Day, student media adviser and journalism lecturer at NKU.

The workshop costs $100, which includes lunch on the Highland Heights, Ky., campus each day. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 17-21. A closing program, beginning at noon June 21 in Griffin Hall's George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium, will feature the work of the high school participants and a documentary of the week produced by NKU students.

Participation is limited to 20 students; just a few spots are left. Registration information is available at http://journalism.nku.edu/workshop. For more information, contact Michele Day, workshop director, at daymi@nku.edu or (859) 572-1921.

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