Applications are open for the 47th journalism workshop of the National Association of Black Journalists-St Louis (NABJ-SL, formerly the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists) for St. Louis-area high school and first-year college students interested in careers as print, broadcast, photography and digital journalists.
The 2023 NABJ-SL Student Minority Journalism Workshop is free and will be held on five Saturdays from September 30–October 28 at Webster University, with lunch provided and scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors who complete the program.
“This workshop is free because we believe that is a key way to ensure we keep uplifting future generations,” according to the NABJ-SL website. “The only thing we ask of students is they bring their passion, curiosity and a willingness to learn, as we unpack an industry that needs them in it.”
St. Louis-area professional journalists in print, broadcasting, digital and related communications positions, including public relations, social media, photography, freelancing and other activities, volunteer their time to show students how to interview sources, plan and craft stories, produce radio and TV programs, and much more.
Since it began in 1977, the St. Louis workshop has been a model for other NABJ chapters around the country, and many St. Louis participants helped launch or sustain similar programs on graduating from college and moving to jobs in the media outside St. Louis. The NABJ-SL workshop has led to college scholarships and impressive careers for participating students throughout the years.
The program gives high school and first-year college students the opportunity to connect with, explore and experience the worlds of print and multimedia journalism, broadcast media, public relations, and photojournalism. Perhaps most valuable, students meet Black journalists who work throughout the St. Louis area, see that journalism careers are a reality for people of color and begin building lifelong networks in the field.
The workshop is an important aspect of the NABJ-SL’s commitment to supporting and advocating for colleagues, nurturing and grooming the next generation of journalists, and diversifying newsrooms and news coverage across the nation.
To apply, go to https://www.gslabj.org/minority-student-journalism-workshop and click on the Apply Now button.