For nearly 30 years, the CCNMA Multicultural Journalism Workshop has been a first step toward a successful career for many aspiring young journalists. Graduates have gone on to work for the New York Times, the Miami Herald, KGTV, the Boston Globe, U-T San Diego, NBC 7/39 and KSWB, just to name a few.

Students spend two weeks each summer at a journalism boot camp, guided by professional journalists in the classroom, but most importantly, out in the field. That field experience in a student’s journalism career is commonly reserved for juniors and seniors at the university level.

The students produce a newspaper and a television newscast. They also attend classes on writing and grammar and participate in panel discussions on ethics in journalism and interviewing techniques.

The workshop is open to high school juniors and seniors from San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Applications are available in March and the workshop is held in June at a Point Loma Nazarene University

The workshop has been 100 percent free to participants for more than two decades thanks to the generosity of various donors.

The goal is to inspire the students to pursue careers in journalism, especially in communities where minorities are greatly underrepresented. Our workshop students have covered a wide range of stories from former President Bill Clinton’s visit to San Diego, musician Sheryl Crowe’s concert and baseball great Tony Gwynn. Their newscasts can be seen on NBC 7/39.

Since 1982, the San Diego workshop has trained over 400 high school students. It is one of the oldest such programs in the nation. Approximately two-thirds of the students have subsequently attended college and have graduated. In some cases, the former workshop students working in journalism are returning to help the newest workshop participants.

In 1998, the National Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honored the San Diego workshop as the best such program in the country. Plans are under way for the next workshop, where more seeds will be planted for the next generation of journalists.


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