Young journalists learn tricks of the trade at Colorado State University-Pueblo


Young journalists learn tricks of the trade at Colorado State University-Pueblo

PUEBLO – More than 30 high school students from across southern Colorado will converge on Colorado State University-Pueblo’s campus this Thursday (September 29) for the second Southern Colorado High School Journalism Day.

The event is sponsored by the Colorado High School Press Association in coordination with CSU-Pueblo’s Department of Mass Communications and Center for New Media.

This year’s event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center, offers a variety of workshops covering basic journalism and yearbook skills.

Richard Joyce and Leticia Steffen, associate professors in the mass communications department, began working on a southern Colorado high school journalism event with the Colorado High School Press Association in 2010. The first Southern Colorado High School Journalism Day was held at CSU-Pueblo in fall 2010. About 20 students attended that event.

In its second year, the event will welcome students from Doherty High School (Colorado Springs), Edison High School (Edison), Manzanola High School (Manzanola), Pueblo Central and Pueblo South.

Planned journalism workshops will cover journalists’ rights and responsibilities, basic journalism style, photojournalism, sports reporting and things every young journalist needs to know. The workshops will be led by Joyce, Steffen, and other professionals, including Bryan Kelson with The Pueblo Chieftain, Brandon Hopper with the Canon City Daily Record and Samantha Johnston, executive director of the Colorado Press Association.

The yearbook workshops will be led by organizers with the Colorado High School Press Association.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.