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Join us for the 34th annual Multicultural Journalism Workshop in June, 2017!

The University of Alabama’s 34rd annual Multicultural Journalism Workshop will be held June 2-11, 2017. The purpose of the workshop is to give high school students experience that teaches them more about college life and a career in media.

Students who will be in the 9th grade through freshman year in college in fall 2016 are eligible to attend the  workshop. Students do not have to live in Alabama. The program is free and the University supplies housing, meals and field trips, as well as top-notch, intensive instruction by industry professionals. Transportation to and from Tuscaloosa is the student’s responsibility.

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When applying, please complete:

1) A completed 2017 application.

2) An official transcript of grades and standardized test scores.

3) A typed, 500-word essay explaining your interest in journalism. Include at least 100 words about your interest in journalism in an increasingly diverse society.

4) Writing samples, preferably photocopies, of published stories or articles. Brief unpublished manuscripts or broadcast scripts are also acceptable.

5) A list of school and community activities and work experience.

6) A signed recommendation from a principal, teacher, guidance counselor or media professional on organization letterhead.

Questions? Contact us at 205-348-2772 or

Want more info about the Multicultural Journalism Program?

• Summer Workshop

While still in high school, 15 to 20 students are selected to attend an intensive workshop held on the University campus each summer. The workshop emphasizes multimedia reporting, writing, editing, graphics, photography, production and basic communication skills, and participants produce the MJP Journal to showcase what they’ve learned.

• Recruiting and Follow-Up

Through partnership with the Alabama Scholastic Press Association, with offices at the University of Alabama, and other high school media organizations, we stay in touch with scholastic publications, advisers and workshop graduates year-round. We work with them to identify potential MJP students, but anyone is encouraged to apply for the MJW Workshop by the April 1 application deadline.

• Professional Mentors

The resident workshop faculty is augmented by  journalists from around the state and nation, so every student has an editor/coach. Many of these mentors stay in touch with their assigned youngsters throughout the year and  into their careers.

• Lab Newspaper, Online and Broadcast

The workshop is hands-on from the first day. In modern news laboratories, students publish a newspaper under the direction of the faculty and visiting professionals. They produce news stories, photos, editorials, columns, reviews and feature packages. Students then repurpose their newspaper copy for online and broadcast.

They also study reporting, editing, media economics, new media, and media law, ethics and history. They conduct interviews with newsmakers in  Alabama cities, towns and communities.

• Career Tracking

We track graduates and invite them back to work in the summer workshop and as guest speakers during the academic year. We also host a reunion dinner in January for the previous summer’s class. The UAMJP director and department chair assist them in career advancement. Our database contains career information on hundreds of professionals.

Check out work produced by The Class of 2016!

In June of 2016 13 students from five states came to the University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism and Creative Media to get a taste of college life, learn journalism skills and cover the city of Tuscaloosa. They had one day to report, shoot and edit video and work on deadline to produce a newspaper and website – enjoy! (The students also made a fun slideshow of their time on campus.)

What is the Multicultural Journalism Program?

For 33 years, The University of Alabama Department of Journalism has been committed to increasing diversity in America’s newsrooms with its Multicultural Journalism Program. (Scroll down for more information on the program.) Check other class newspapers and websites at these links:

2015’s website and newspaper

2014’s website and newspaper

2013’s website and newspaper

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