Journalism Jumpstart grants high schoolers the chance to improve their skill


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Journalism Jumpstart is a free, two-week intensive program that gives high school journalism students the opportunity to learn and sharpen their journalistic skills.

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PORTLAND, Oregon—Is your son or daughter looking for a way to make their summer count, sharpen their writing skills, and earn proficiency graduation credits?

Then they should join us for Journalism Jumpstart, a University of Oregon and Northwest Scholastic Press Association workshop just for high school students, interested in media communication with an emphasis in writing.

Journalism Jumpstart is a free, two-week intensive program that gives students the opportunity to learn and sharpen their journalistic skills. The program takes place June 22nd-July 2nd at University of Oregon’s George S. Turnbull Center in downtown Portland, Oregon from 1:00-5:00 PM.

Simone Myers, Education Programs Assistant to Scholastic Journalism, is an SOJC graduate in Journalism and one of the Jumpstart coaches.

“It feels good to be able to help these high school students with journalism,” said Myers. “There were not any programs like this at my high school.

Students will learn interviewing and feature writing skills, how to put together news packages, all about Oregon student press rights, and a little bit of multimedia production. The highlight of the workshop is a trip to Allen Hall, home of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC).

Jumpstart’s facilitator, SOJC’s Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Karla Kennedy, hopes this program will inspire students to better writers and communicators.

“The goal of the program is for students to have completed ready-to-publish articles,” said Dr. Kennedy. “We really want to coach them and give them tools that they can take back to their high school journalism programs. It might even get them interested in attending the UO SOJC for college.”

For an added bonus, students enrolled in Portland Public Schools (PPS) will be eligible to participate in the Earning Proficiency Credit for Work, Volunteering, Internship or other Extended Learning Experience program. All students will receive a certificate of completion.

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Journalism Jumpstart grants high schoolers the chance to improve their skill