Tuesday, August 11, 2009

High school journalism boot camp coming up

High school journalists from throughout the Bay Area are invited to the second annual High School Journalism Boot Camp the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club will present from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the College of San Mateo.

Last year about 80 young journalists attended seminars on digital photography, online publishing, page design, writing editorials, finding stories, editing sports and arts/entertainment sections and making the transition to college newspapering.

Media Attorney Jim Wagstaffe will reprise his very popular talk on press law as keynoter. Richard Epting of ABC Channel 7 will offer a session on video-editing in addition to tours of his satellite truck.

Press Club President Jon Mays’s session, Newspapering 101, will focus on the nuts and bolts of the business: How to find stories, gather information, get quotes and tell the story.

This year the Press Club is inviting the winning papers of last year’s High School Journalism Contest to participate in a panel discussion on how things work on their papers.

Also, blogger Barry Parr of Coastsider.com will lead a session on blogging as an additional feature for high school papers.

Once again, Associated Press Photographer Paul Sakuma will be drawing professionals to demonstrate techniques for improving students’ digital photography and its optimization.

If you would like to participate in this popular outreach by the Press Club, please contact Micki Carter at (650) 591-2732 or e-mail. The club will need support staff as well as workshop leaders.

Journalism teachers, please e-mail Micki to let us know how many of your students will be attending. If you would like your paper critiqued by a member of the Press Club, please mention that in your e-mail and Micki will tell you where to mail copies of your paper.

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