Note from the Creator
Everyone says journalism is dying. That it is unimportant. That there is no longer any reason for young people to do it. The reality is, anyone who says that is wrong.
Although opportunities for young journalists are quickly dwindling, it is more important than ever that young people master journalistic skills. If you are a high school student who is interested in Journalism but do not have access to many resources or exposure to it, the WANT Journalism Fellows program is a wonderful opportunity.
This selective program meets once a month on the weekends. In the program you will be exposed to a variety of journalistic forms, ranging from op-eds, to investigative pieces, to photo journalism, to food reviews, to short video reports. Sessions will feature presentations by a range of different speakers and mentors, all of whom have deep experience in our journalistic areas of focus.
These individuals will lead workshops and impart knowledge from their diverse journalistic careers. We will also have the opportunity to tour the offices of local journalistic institutions (from well-established enterprises to start-ups). Each day, you will use your skills to create innovative, interesting, and engaging journalistic content for publication on WANT a website that aggregates and shares the best in high school journalism from teen writers around the country (www.wantnewsforteens.com). Attendees will be given the opportunity to grow their skills via hands-on experiences, whether it is interviewing local politicians or recording and editing video in real time. At the end of the program, the most exceptional pieces of student content will be published in The Oregonian (and/or on OregonLive.com). Additionally, we will stage an evening event to celebrate the amazing work everyone has created.
This fellowship is a partnership between WANT and Oregonlive.com. For those picked to participate, the program will be free of charge. All costs, including food and transportation, are included. Because space is limited, there is a short application that you must fill out in order to take part in the program.
The program will run from January until June and meet on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Please email Grace Masback (email@example.com) if you have any questions.