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June 25, 2007

School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts diversity workshop

High school seniors from diverse backgrounds will produce a newspaper by the end of the week-long 2007 High School Diversity Workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Held June 24-July 1 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity and Education in Media workshop will give students access to professional mentors and classroom study as they practice newsroom skills in this one-week reporting and writing program. The students who attend come from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, religion, ethnicity, family income and gender.

“When high school students are able to work in a university setting with talented teachers, they broaden their world,” said Jean Folkerts, dean of the school. “It’s like suddenly being able to explore the diversity and richness of the world in which we live. Journalism is a key to that world. Through interviewing and writing about people, journalists begin to understand a complex society.”

The school’s diversity program is named for Chuck Stone, who retired from teaching at Carolina in June 2005. Stone, the school’s Walter Spearman Professor for 14 years, promoted diversity throughout his career and made it an integral part of his philosophy of teaching and of life. Before joining the faculty, Stone worked as a newspaper editor and columnist in New York, Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia. He was editor of the Afro-American in Washington, D.C., and the Chicago Defender. He was the first black columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is supporting the program with a $25,000 grant. Funding covers the students’ meals, lodging and other expenses as well as costs related to running the workshop. The foundation, based in Oklahoma City, was established in 1982 for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, including the improvement of the quality of the practice of journalism among various media. This support includes funding for creative projects and research that promote excellence in journalism and instill and encourage high ethical standards in journalism.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Kyle York, skyork@email.unc.edu, (919) 966-3323