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High school journalism workshop at Buffalo State offered to local students

High school students looking to get into journalism have a chance to find out what it’s all about at Buffalo State’s Summer Workshop for High School Journalists in August.

The program runs for a week, from Aug. 12-16. The cost of the workshop is $150, and includes all of the materials needed to learn about the different aspects of journalism, said Annmarie Franczyk, a professor in the Communications Department at Buffalo State.

“It includes access to technology and lunches,” she said.

The workshop is geared towards high school students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall, Franczyk said.

“They should have an interest in journalism exemplified by exposure to student journalism,” she said.

The week-long program exposes students to everything journalism students at Buffalo State learn during a semester, Franczyk said. Students will work on writing, video, photography, researching and interviewing skills.

Students will also interview a real newsmaker and present a multi-media package that will be posted online at the end of the week, Franczyk said.

“They will have one week working with all of the platforms journalists need to know,” she said.

Instructors for the workshop include faculty from Buffalo State, alumni and professional journalists. Two Buffalo State students currently enrolled in communication programs will also be assisting the participants.

Students who go through the workshop are encouraged to take what they have learned and apply it to the media they work in at their schools, Franczyk said. Students without school media are given the skills to report without it.

“We encourage them to create blogs,” she said. “We show them how they can still produce media using available social media.”

The deadline for signing up for the workshop is Friday, May 31. For more information, or to register, visit

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