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Southern Miss Names Participants for High School Journalism Workshop

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From left, Justina Greer, Elizabeth Winton and Yolanda Cruz interview Camp Invention participants as part of the 2011 Southern Miss High School Journalism Workshop. Cruz is now a news-editorial senior in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, which puts on the workshop. She will be helping run this year's workshop, which is June 15-22 on the university's Hattiesburg campus (Photo by John Davenport, participant in the 2011 workshop).

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the participants for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

The workshop will teach high-achieving students from Mississippi high schools how to cover news using print, photos, videos, broadcast, radio, and social media. They will learn these skills by covering real events associated with the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer,” when hundreds of volunteers came to Mississippi in 1964 to launch a massive voter registration drive for African Americans. The workshop is June 15-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The following students were selected to attend the workshop: Zaira Bonds of Byram; Emalie Cormier of Diamondhead; Destiny Farmer of Olive Branch; Deja Harris of Port Gibson; Raegan Johnson of Gulfport; William Lowery of Hattiesburg; Jordan Marshall of Madison; Markel McBride of Duck Hill; Corey McKinney, of Wesson; Christian Miller of Enterprise; Justin Moody of Laurel; Bria Paige of Jackson; Lauryn Smith of Meridian; Jessica Swanson of Ocean Springs; Jamie Taylor of Byram; and Kaylee Warren of Ocean Springs.

“We received many qualified applications, and it was indeed a tough decision picking those who would attend the workshop,” said Gina Chen, workshop director and assistant professor. “We are very excited about helping these young journalists get firsthand experience covering a topic with historic significance to both Mississippi and the nation.”

The workshop has support from the Dow Jones News Fund, Raycom Media, Canon and the Mississippi Press Association. More information about the workshop is available at http://www.usm.edu/mcj or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USMmultimediaworkshop. Follow us on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/HSjournalists.

For more information contact Gina Chen, workshop director, at gina.chen@usm.edu or call 228.229.2783.