NKU’s Journalism Workshop Presents Digital Media to High School Students


Bruce Crippen

Students Elizabeth Juengling and Hannah Brandell secure their cameras onto their tripods.

Twenty high school students from as far away as Oxford, Ohio, and as close as Fort Thomas, Ky., will arrive on Northern Kentucky University’s campus June 15 for the seventh annual Journalism in the Digital Age workshop.

The students — who attend 15 different high schools across the region — include one freshman, eight sophomores, four juniors, six seniors — and one person who didn’t complete that section of the registration form.

“So far, that’s about all we know about the students,” said Michele Day, director of the event. “That will be the fun part on Monday when we start putting faces with names and figuring out which students are more interested in being behind the camera and which ones prefer to be in the spotlight — which ones think of themselves as writers and which ones are more interested in the technology.”

Each day the students will learn and apply various aspects of journalism in order to put together a news story and an accompanying video.


Students will first explore photojournalism and the many different elements of capturing news with a still photograph. Bruce Crippen, professional photographer, will teach them how to use a camera, frame a shot, as well as spot news worthy moments to photograph.

After a run down of some photo basics with Crippen, students will go to one of two destinations to take pictures themselves. The photographs that students take on day one will be some of their first pieces content to be shared online.

Web Editor Derek Daley is most looking forward to seeing these photos and other types of student content throughout the week.

“I can’t wait to put it on the web so they can show their progress to their parents,” said Daley.


Students will partake in a press conference with Dawn Plitzuweit, the NKU women’s basketball coach, and some of the players.

Here students will be able to practice their interviewing skills that Day had demonstrated for them in an earlier session.

In addition to preparation for Wednesday’s video shoots, students will also learn the fundamentals of writing a news story in the afternoon.


Students will get the chance to have hands-on experience with filming, interviewing and editing during Wednesday.

The students will be put into four groups of five with one peer mentor to work on a story. They will then go to a specific location, where they get to decide who to interview, what to ask, how to frame their shots, and much more.

This experience excites Moe Daniels, story editor, because students will be able to apply everything they have learned up until this point.

“I am looking forward to the Wednesday video shoots! I think this will really allow the students to get out of their comfort zones and really be able to feel like a journalist,” Daniels stated.


Although students have completed their video shoots and written their stories, there are still many aspects to be covered on Thursday. Students will take on social media and infographics with an Instagram contest and session on data visualization taught by Austin Lee, communication professor at NKU.

Video Editor Lindsey Rudd believes that the infographic lesson will be exciting because it is an interesting way to relay information.

“I’m probably most excited for the data visualization sessions,” Rudd said. “I think infographics are cool but don’t know that much about making them.”


Students will learn how to pursue journalism after the camp whether it is in high school or college from Dean Hume, advisor for Lakota East High School.

They will also reflect on their week as journalists during the closing festivities, where parents are invited to view students’ content ranging from final videos, pictures to news stories.