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New Mexico State University co-hosts high school journalism workshop

New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Press Association (NMPA) are co-hosting the 22nd annual High School Journalism Workshop June 2-7.

-day workshop is a journalism program designed for New Mexico high school sophomores and juniors. This year 33 students between the ages of 15 and 17 are attending. The location of the workshop rotates each year between the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and New Mexico State.

Acting head of New Mexico State's journalism department, J. Sean McCleneghan, said top high school students interested in journalism will be attending this year's workshop. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to recruit some of the best and brightest high school academic talent who will be graduating in the next few years," McCleneghan said.

The workshop is run by Pat Graff, a teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Graff is being assisted by journalism teachers Connie Blue and Mary Massey of Del Norte High School in Albuquerque and Capital High School in Santa Fe, respectively. Instruction also will be given by professional journalists from small New Mexico newspapers and journalism faculty at New Mexico State.

McCleneghan said the NMPA and its executive director, Catherine Ullett, have worked hard to promote this year's workshop. "It's the largest turnout in the past eight years," McCleneghan said. He also said that not many state press associations sponsor programs such as this one. "The NMPA is one of just a handful of state press associations doing something like this because it takes monetary support and a lot of hard work," he said.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, students began writing stories from the keynote speech on "Media Trends: The Future of Newspapers" by Las Cruces Sun-News editor James Rosenthal. From Monday through Thursday, students will be crafting feature stories, columns, taking photos and creating advertisements for an eight-page tabloid newspaper they will design
themselves called "Future Press." The award-winning stories, photos and advertisements will be selected by a panel of professional journalists from southern New Mexico. The paper is printed and distributed on the last day of the workshop at a luncheon where students are presented with certificates for creating the newspaper.

Sarah Wheeler
June 4, 2002