Two Southern Miss students, Quinci Hayward and Raychelle Gammage, asked participants in the Remembering "Freedom Summer" Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop meant to them. Here is what they said:
Watch another video where participants discuss their future plans.
This is a sampling of the pictures that high school journalism workshop participants shot.
Today is Saturday, our last official day as participants in the Remembering Freedom Summer Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop here at USM. It seems like just yesterday we all arrived at campus with our luggage in tow, excited to begin this new, incredible experience. This week has provided me with tools and knowledge that I will take with me throughout the rest of my professional life, and it's been great being able to be around so many cool, hard-working, dedicated people!
I am so blessed to have had this opportunity. This week will be a week that I'll never forget!
Workshop chaperone Yolanda Cruz during one of the epic games of Taboo.
During my week during the journalism workshop in 2011, I learned. By that point, I had already declared my major in news-editorial journalism and I was ready to attend Southern Miss that fall. After that week, I knew I had picked the right major and could not wait to get started with all of my courses and dive deeper into the field.
Three years later, I was elated to learn I had the opportunity to be a chaperone for the very workshop I had loved so much. Honestly, I didn't think I would learn that much this week. I thought I would mainly serve as a guide to these students and help them love journalism as much as I do. Well, just because you may be a bit more experienced than those around you doesn't mean you can't learn something new.
I have learned so much this week. I had to help with some broadcast and photo work, something I have no professional experience in. The professor/student barrier was broken down with our workshop director, and I felt like she gave me a lot of insight into the journalism world. I have improved my editing skills and become much more versed with AP style because of it. Probably the experience I am most grateful for is being able to work so closely with two doctoral students, Robby Byrd and Willie Tubbs. They have both had experience not only in the workforce but also in graduate school. As an Honors College student, grad school is expected of me. They gave me a lot of advice as to what the workforce is and what would help me most if I chose to attend graduate school.
Honestly, I am incredibly grateful for this experience. I have been able to learn a lot from my professors, the students, and also myself. I can't wait to start my senior year at USM and really get to work in being a real journalist.
Today will be our busiest day so far this week. The Freedom Summer press conference is being held today and many of our students will be interviewing people involved with this event, so you can expect many posts throughout the day related to what is going on over at the Thad Cochran Center.
Written by William Lowery