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Education Unlimited - Journalism


High School Workshop

While the ways in which the American public consumes news are constantly evolving, new and digital media have created a huge demand for high-quality content. Journalistic skills — writing, information gathering,  interviewing, and critical reading — have never been more important, and these skills will give students a leg up as they pursue college degrees and eventually enter the workforce. Journalistic skills, in fact, constitute 21st Century learning, and they are beneficial even for those who will not pursue a career in journalism.

Days will typically begin with instruction about a specific skill, such as interviewing, followed by practice experiences. In a seminar setting, participants will share, refine and improve their work under the guidance of faculty and peers. Students will produce personality profiles, feature stories, opinions, and reviews. During the week, students will post their work on a blog, where they may also contribute their own thoughts and opinions.

In addition to learning the nuts and bolts of journalism, students will bolster their writing skills through exercises that focus on creating a voice and developing descriptive writing. They will engage in critical thinking by examining articles for elements such as style, bias, and argumentative technique.

Students will also gain an understanding of the importance of journalism in history and of the use of free press in today’s world, where an understanding of journalistic practices and ethics is more important than ever. 

The program is open to all students, from beginners to advanced students.

Middle School Workshop

Journalism is an exciting and rapidly evolving career field, and it is at a pivotal point in its development. The core of the middle school journalism program will include the basics of developing effective news stories, coming up with angles for human interest stories and producing fair political commentary, with a focus on quality and effective writing throughout. Students will engage in regular hands-on practice while receiving feedback on strengths and areas for improvement.

Seminar topics covered may include learning about journalism as a career, conducting interviews and developing insightful questions and follow-ups, critical thinking skills, the influence great journalism can have on society, libel law, and aspects of sound news writing. Not all topics will be covered in equal depth in a given week, with greater focus going to topics of strong interest to the students.

Students will also engage in mini-debates on topics such as truth, objectivity, and fake news; first amendment issues; the ethics of journalism; and other controversies, such as if libel laws should be changed to make it easier to sue publications and win.

These controversial topics are also subject to adjustment based upon student interest, time constraints, and any relevant news that may break before or during the camp session. 

Journalism - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Sean Devlin, MA (Instructor)

Sean Devlin, MA — Instructor

Sean is a freelance journalist with work published in publications such as the New York Daily News, Observer, Daily Mail, and more.  He received his Master of Arts degree in Journalism from City University of New York in 2015. In addition to his freelance work, Sean has also worked as a blogger, editor, and social media manager, working with...

Education Unlimited - Tamra McCarthy (Instructor)

Tamra McCarthy — Instructor

Tamra McCarthy is a dedicated high school English teacher and Certified Journalism Educator with nearly 18 years of teaching experience and 12 years of service to the student journalism program at James Enochs High School in Modesto, California. Her work with students has garnered numerous awards, including being named a JEA Rising Star in...

Education Unlimited - Gary Metzker (Instructor)

Gary Metzker — Instructor

Gary Metzker is a lecturer and publications adviser at California State Long Beach.  Prior to taking on his role at Cal State Long Beach in 2008, Gary spent 24 years at the Los Angeles Times, working in a variety of roles including sports news editor, metro news editor, and senior editor.  He was the page one designer for some of the biggest...

Education Unlimited - Mitch Ziegler (Instructor)

Mitch Ziegler — Instructor

Mitch Ziegler is a dedicated high school teacher and Certified Journalism Educator with nearly 30 years of experience and service to the student journalism program at Redondo Union High School in Southern...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 23rd 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 7th - 9th UC Berkeley $2,095.00 – $2,695.00
Jun 30th 2019 - Jul 6th 2019 9th - 12th Yale University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 7th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 9th - 12th UCLA $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 7th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 7th - 9th Yale University $2,095.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 14th 2019 - Jul 20th 2019 9th - 12th UC Berkeley $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 21st 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 7th - 9th Stanford University $2,145.00 – $2,745.00
Jul 28th 2019 - Aug 3rd 2019 9th - 12th Georgetown University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 28th 2019 - Aug 3rd 2019 7th - 9th UCLA $2,095.00 – $2,695.00