DePaul Offers Free Latino Journalism Workshop for High School Students

High school students interested in journalism and reporting on Latino communities are invited to apply for the Pasos al Futuro workshop held this summer at DePaul University's College of Communication. In Pasos al Futuro — Spanish for “steps to the future” — students will gain real-world experience in news reporting, learn about careers in journalism and explore the needs of the Latino community in Chicago.

The two-week workshop will be held June 22 to July 1 in DePaul’s College of Communication, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago’s Loop. There is no cost for students to attend.  Apply now.
“Studying journalism and news literacy is a great way to understand how media can help raise awareness of issues and opportunities in the Latino community,” said Maria De Moya, one of the workshop’s coordinators and an assistant professor of strategic communication at DePaul.

After participating, students develop a clear sense of what a career in journalism might entail, De Moya explained. They also learn the role of journalism in strengthening a democratic society, as well as the logistics behind the news they consume. The curriculum covers broadcast news, as well as how to prepare news for multiple media platforms. In addition, participants will gain the skills to report on stories for and about their community.

“They will develop and exercise their voice and work hand-in-hand with local organizations,” said De Moya.

This is the sixth year that DePaul has hosted the program. The value of the workshop is $1,500 per student, including tuition, commuting expenses and meals, but is free for participants because of a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which is committed to developing communities of educated, informed and proactive individuals.