A.E. Ariaza, photojournalist with the Arizona Daily Star talks to the students about diversity  in the newsroom.  Araiza led the photojournalism component of the workshop for more than 20 years.
A.E. Ariaza, photojournalist with the Arizona Daily Star talks to the students about diversity in the newsroom. Araiza led the photojournalism component of the workshop for more than 20 years.
By Carolyn Corcoran
Staff

The Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students began on Friday, June 1 at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. The workshop is a long-running program that has existed since 1981. 

This year, the workshop has continued to grow with a new daily online component and a new sponsor, the Asian American Journalists Association - Arizona Chapter (AAJA-Az). The students with the top two stories from the workshop will receive $200 and $100 from AAJA-Az at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 10.

"As we embark on, hopefully, another successful 30 years, I thought it'd be a prime opportunity for the workshop to grow," workshop Director John de Dios said. "We have a great staff of 15 students and college mentors, and I am very much excited to see what they can produce over the next 10 days."

Among the 15 participating students is recent Horizon High School graduate Kathryn Burney.

"I was expecting to work on a publication," Burney said, "I wasn't expecting to dabble in everything – photo, multimedia and all of that."

Day two began with a photojournalism lecture by A.E. Araiza, an Arizona Daily Star photojournalist. Students then trekked around campus, seeking out interesting photo opportunities and source material for their future stories.

"I hoped for more photography (lessons)," said Yetzabell Rojas, Douglas High School student. "I wanted to learn more about taking pictures."

Rojas said she would apply the concepts she learned during the seminar at her high school this fall semester. Click here to view a gallery of the pictures taken.

The workshop concludes on June 10 with a graduation ceremony. An issue of The Chronicle, the workshop newspaper, and a website will serve testament to the 10 days of hard work.


See a slideshow of their photos here
 


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