This workshop was made possible by generous support from the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Miss and the Dow Jones News Fund, as well as support from Raycom Media, the Mississippi Press Association, Canon, and JMH Graphics.
It also was made possible by the tireless support of faculty and staff members at the School of Mass Communication and Journalism and local journalism professionals, who donated their time and talents.
The workshop is June 15 to 22 at the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. The dates were picked to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964 50th Anniversary Conference, which is taking place on campus during that week. Freedom Summer was an effort across Mississippi to get disenfranchised African Americans registered to vote. The effort left three Civil Rights workers dead, as depicted in the movie Mississippi Burning.
The goal of the workshop is to teach high-achieving Mississippi high school students to learn how to be journalists by covering the conference and the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer -- a news event of both local and national significance.
Sixteen students were selected to participate in this year's workshop. Be checking this blog for updates from each of them.
-- Gina Chen, USM assistant professor and workshop director