The Urban Journalism Workshop

The Urban Journalism Workshop is an eight-week workshop for students from Washington, DC area high schools. They gain hands-on experience with area professionals in radio, televsion, and print journalism. The eight students in this year’s radio program produced and reported a 35-minute newsmagazine called Straight Up: Urban Voice. It includes stories on overcrowding in Prince George's County high schools, teens' use of the social networking website MySpace.com, and the fashion choices of urban teens.

The Urban Journalism Workshop, in its 20th year, wrapped up Saturday, June 10 with an awards ceremony held at The Washington Post. This year, radio student Gernethia Rich, who will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall, was awarded a scholarship. Ms. Rich has been involved in the workshop for the past four years.

Other workshop students who will be attending college this fall:

Genevia Sawyer: Temple University

Sheneah Morrine: Howard University

Jasmine Lilly: Old Dominion University

Other students in the project this year:

Adele Hampton

Antonia Cooper

Juan Diasgranados

Nyesha Trusty

Gernethia Rich

Mentors for the workship who voluntarily gave up 8-10 consecutive Saturdays to teach the students were: Jonathan Blakley, Trina Williams, Jocelyn Frank, George Lyle, Shay Stevens, and Odette Yousef of NPR, and Teshima Walker of Radio One.

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Next Generation Radio is a series of one-week, student radio training projects co-sponsored by NPR and several journalist and media organizations. The projects are designed to give students who are interested in radio and journalism an opportunity to report and produce their own radio story.

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Straight Up Urban Voice Student Participants

Neysha Trusty
Nyesha Trusty
Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., Greenbelt, MD
Hip Hop Videos (2:57)
Sheneah Morine
Sheneah Morine
Richard Montgomery H.S., Rockville, MD
Book review (3:31)
Adele Hampton
Adele Hampton
West Potomac H.S., Alexandria, VA
Urban Voice Newscast (3:45)
Jasmine Lilly
Jasmine Lilly
C.H. Flowers H.S., Springdale, MD
Teens and Technology (3:37)
Antonia Cooper
Antonia Cooper
The Potomac School, Mclean, VA
Opening Billboard for Urban Voice (0:38)
MySpace (4:11)
End credits (1:24)

Genevia Sawyer
Sherwood H.S., Sandy Spring, MD
Male Fashion (4:34)

Juan Diasgranados
High Point H.S., Beltsville, MD
School Overcrowding (4:47)

Gernethia Rich
Banneker H.S., Washington, DC
Movie review