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UW-Eau Claire Journalism Camp for Diverse Students Funded by the Gannett Foundation

RELEASED: Feb. 9, 2006

Journalism and Beyond logoEAU CLAIRE — Students from several Wisconsin high schools who are interested in careers in journalism will have an opportunity to participate in a career-preparation camp this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The "Journalism and Beyond" camp will be offered to students with diverse cultural backgrounds from select Wisconsin high schools. Funded by a Gannett Foundation grant, the camp is a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and Gannett newspapers. The first camp is scheduled for June 18-24.

"We, as a company, want to develop a journalism workforce that reflects our communities in all their hues," said Mark Baldwin, the executive editor of Gannett's Wausau Daily Herald who helped secure the Gannett funding for the program. "This camp is a way to reach out and interest young people in journalism."

During the six-day camp, each student will be partnered with a mentor, who will be a visiting Gannett journalist. Students and their mentors will work together on assignments and production of a tabloid publication, television newscast and Web site. Students and mentors will be encouraged to continue their learning relationship for a full year beyond the camp. The goal is for the mentors to continue to offer career and learning support.

"We are extremely excited to work with professional journalists, the Gannett Foundation and Wisconsin high school students in developing 'Journalism and Beyond,'" said Karen Kremer, chair of the UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department. "Many excellent high school journalism workshops or camps take place each summer across the nation. UW-Eau Claire's program will add to this nationwide effort to attract young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, inspire them to learn about journalism, train them at the high school level, and then intensify their education and training at the college level."

The students participating in the camp will be eligible for five John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Journalists of Promise scholarships. The "Journalism and Beyond" camp professionals will select the five scholars identified as the top-performing students at the camp. The scholarships are made possible with a grant from the Knight Foundation to UW-Eau Claire to promote diversity in the journalism profession.

Camp applicants must have a keen interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism or the news media. Students must be sophomores or juniors this school year, or continuing seniors next fall.

There is no application fee and all camp costs — including lodging, meals and learning materials — are covered by the grant so the only expense for the students is transportation to Eau Claire and incidental expenses. Students and their mentors and camp instructors all will stay in university housing.

Since the Gannett Foundation is the camp's primary sponsor, students from high schools in communities served by Gannett-owned newspapers and or in close proximity to UW-Eau Claire, will be eligible to apply for the camp. Students from the following high schools will be considered: Appleton East High School, Appleton North High School, Appleton West High School, Eau Claire North High School, Eau Claire Memorial High School, Chippewa Falls High School, Fond du Lac High School, Green Bay East High School, Green Bay Preble High School, Green Bay Southwest High School, Green Bay West High School, Journeys Charter School, Manitowoc Lincoln High School, Marshfield High School, Oshkosh East High School, Oshkosh North High School, Oshkosh West High School, Sheboygan North High School, Sheboygan South High School, Stevens Point Area High School, Wausau East High School, Wausau West High School, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School and Wisconsin Rapids River Cities High School.

A "Journalism and Beyond" application review committee will select up to 15 students to attend the camp. The committee must receive application materials by March 17.

For an application or more information about the camp, visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site.

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