Journalism & Digital Media

July 15-19, 2024 | 9 am-3 pm

Students are immersed in the dynamic, constantly evolving field of news and digital media. Students enrolled in this program will continually practice and apply writing and research skills throughout the week in an engaging, fast-paced, and collaborative setting. Students will develop and build upon their ability to write clearly and concisely, research and gather information, think and read critically, ask critical questions, examine evidence, and analyze text for bias.

Students will produce features, interviews, reviews, and opinion pieces that will be shared, reviewed, refined and edited. In addition to developing a foundation in the nuts and bolts of journalism, students will bolster their writing skills through exercises that focus on specialized skills through conducting interviews, considering audience engagement, and writing strong editorials. Short, daily debates will encourage students to think critically, support claims with evidence, and see multiple sides of the same issue. They will explore crucial questions such as: Why is it important? Who does it affect? and What is the impact?

Students will complete the week with several published pieces of writing, and sharpened critical thinking skills that will serve them well as they both consume and produce media content.

Cost: $495
Ages
: Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th Graders

Lunch is included!

Instructor: John Zwolinski
John Zwolinski is a 34-year career teacher, and currently a faculty member at A.P. Giannini Middle School in San Francisco, where he has taught social studies for the past ten years. Previously, he taught test preparation, history, reading, ELA, and English as a Second Language in Micronesia, Korea, Los Angeles, and Oakland. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a BSFS in History & Diplomacy, and UC Berkeley’s School of Education with a Master's in Education. He has taught summer enrichment courses at SHCP for the past several years

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