Monday, April 25, 2011

Summer Workshop application deadline has been extended to May 13, 2011

Apply Now for the June 12- 15, 2011 High School Journalism Workshop
Marshall University’s
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass communications

Tuition and living expenses will be covered by contributions from The Herald-Dispatch and Marshall University Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Postmark by May 13, 2011

Instructions for Application
Please follow the steps below. Print your documents on standard business paper. There is no separate form. Send questions to Professor Burnis Morris --

1. Write a letter of application (in essay format) indicating your interest in the internship. There is no required length, but write enough to indicate how well you communicate. Each of the sections below may constitute a paragraph. As such, you would have at least seven paragraphs in your letter of application.
A. Section 1: The essay/application should begin with a salutation (Dear Professor Morris or Dear Selection Committee Members, etc.). The first paragraph should be a sentence stating that you are applying for one of the positions available in the high school journalism workshop. Include the name of your high school, your age and current year in school (such as junior or senior).
B. Section 2: The next section of the essay should describe the level of your interest in the journalism workshop and how you would use the workshop experience to improve your high school publication. Indicate whether you are interested in journalism as a writer, photographer, editor or page designer.
C. Section 3: State your qualifications. Cite grades, awards and any experience you have working on a high school newspaper, yearbook staff, or other work experience. If your experience is limited, explain how your strengths and abilities will lead you to success in the workshop.
D. Section 4: Discuss your maturity and personal responsibility. Can you handle living in a college dormitory for four days?
E. Section 5: Provide an article or photograph you have published anywhere. Include the publication’s name and publication date. If you have no published article or photograph to submit, include an essay you wrote for class as an example of your writing skills. If you publish a blog, include photocopies from your best posts and your blog address. (In this section of the essay/application, you should state that you are enclosing such items.)
F. Section 6: Indicate the best time to contact you to discuss your application. Include your e-mail address, home phone number and cell phone number.
G. Section 7: Write a statement indicating you have the approval of your parent or guardian to attend the workshop.
H. Section 8: Sign your essay/application and date it. Ask your parent or guardian to sign and date your application/essay -- next to your signature.

2. Please attach the following items.
A. Letter of support from a high school teacher (journalism, English, or other).
B. High school transcript.
C. Article, photograph or essay described in Section 1E, Section 5. If you are attaching a published photograph, include the cutline and credit line and describe what the picture is about.

Mail your application and attached documents to the following address with a postmark of no later than May 13, 2011.

Selection Committee for Journalism Workshop
c/o Professor Burnis Morris
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Diversity Statement and Goals
Adopted 12/02/2010

This statement affirms the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ commitment to an environment of teaching and learning, which recognizes and welcomes diversity of race, color, culture, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status and economic, political and ethnic backgrounds. Consistent with Marshall University’s dedication to this principle, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to developing the potential of all students by creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and fosters understanding in a multicultural, global community. The dean and faculty believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student population value differences and similarities among people and supports the mission of the organization.