Newspaper workshop works Hopi into pages
A newspaper produced by high school students at a UA journalism workshop went trilingual for the first time this summer, with English articles translated into Spanish and Hopi.
The 12-day Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students finished Wed-nesday, with a graduation ceremony and fresh-off-the-press copies of The Chronicle, an eight-page newspaper produced by the group.
Along the way the students were fed a crash course of reporting, editing, photography, design, Web programming and media law and ethics. They faced real deadlines, late nights and all the pressure that accompanies real-world journalism. The newspaper was put together by 12 students from across the state.
"I was worried I wouldn't have my paper in time and I was worried about fact-checking and making sure I had all the information," said Kassandra Ruelas, a 16-year-old senior from San Simon who has yearbook experience, but was working on a newspaper for the first time. "I was really happy with what we accomplished here."
Stories in The Chronicle covered Tucson's drought, eating disorders in teenagers, humanitarian aid for illegal immigrants, the demolition of the UA's Franklin Building and coverage of Wildcat athletics. Stories about American Indian students were translated into Hopi and stories about Hispanic students were published in Spanish.
"Putting together the paper was fun and difficult," said Marice Lalo, a 19-year-old graduate of Hopi High School in Keams Canyon and The Chronicle's editor in chief. "Staying up late to do editing was hard, but it was all worth it."
Lalo, who worked this past year on her high school paper, the Bruin Times, said she was expecting more lectures and classroom learning and appreciated that the workshop got into more hands-on activities.
"These students didn't just come here to put a newspaper out," said William F. Greer, the workshop's director and an associate journalism professor. "They came to learn ethics, law and fairness."
Part of the workshop's aim is to familiarize students with the college experience, encouraging them to continue their education, Greer said. The department has offered the program for more than 25 years.
"This is a journalism workshop, but mostly it's to get these young people to move onward," Greer said. "No one will be afraid of a campus any more."
Marcos Vidal, a 16-year-old junior at Tucson High Magnet School, said the workshop took a lot more responsibility than working on his school paper, the Cactus Chronicle.
"You had to be more into what we were doing because we had such a short deadline," he said. "Even when things got tough, I knew things were going to turn out OK because we were working with such a great team."
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