Applications Now Accepted to the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop

The July 9-17 Summer Workshop Is Open to High School Students

By Ashley Szatala

Columbia, Mo. (March 1, 2016) — High school students interested in journalism can experience the thrill of creating stories at the upcoming Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop. The 2016 MUJW will be offered July 9-17 at the Missouri School of Journalism. Applications are due April 15.

Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop
High school students gain hands-on experience during the summer Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop.

The intensive nine-day summer workshop allows high school students from across the country to write, photograph and broadcast news stories on deadline while working with professional journalists. Participants cover real news stories in Columbia that are then published online for the Urban Pioneer. MUJW partners with staff at the Columbia Missourian, KOMU-TV and other industry professionals to brainstorm and produce news stories. The news outlets serve as professional laboratories for Missouri School of Journalism students.

The workshop is open to sophomores, but high school junior and seniors are preferred.

The workshops have a specific theme, and recent ones have focused on healthcare, sustainability and income inequality. The 2014 and 2015 issues of the Urban Pioneer are available online for review.

MUJW began in 1970 and was the brainchild of the late Missouri School of Journalism Professor Robert Knight as a way to diversify newsrooms. The program’s goal is to help introduce students to the field of journalism by allowing them to work with veteran journalists and publish their stories.

The Dow Jones News Fund has funded the program throughout its 46-year run.

Contact for more information or call 573-882-6031. Associate Professor Anna Romero directs MUJW.

Updated: September 15, 2020

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