About the Program


IMG_1367The NABJ High School Workshop (JSHOP) is an annual high school journalism workshop held in the host city of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Convention and Career Fair.

The JSHOP’s goal is to provide an enlightening, informative, hands-on, and challenging introduction of the journalism profession to a multicultural mix of high school students. The workshop provides interactive learning opportunities through lectures, presentations, hands-on training and field trips. The students learn multimedia journalism fundamentals for newsgathering, writing, photography, video production, radio, graphic design, editing, and social media. Professional journalists, educators, and journalism college students provide mentorship and supervision.

The  workshop is a free five-day workshop for local high school students in the host city of NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair. The first 25 students who apply are guaranteed an opportunity to participate. If additional slots become available, students from across the country may also apply. These national student applicants must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the host city, as well as housing and meals outside JSHOP. Essentially they must act as a local student. A parent or guardian must chaperone the national student outside JSHOP.

By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will leave with a portfolio of professionally-developed media products including articles, photographs, and video clips. Also, the students will have a greater sense of what the journalism profession entails and a strong foundation with which to possibly pursue journalism at their high schools, in college, and as a career.


Sheryl Kennedy Haydel

Russell LaCour

Dana Littlefield 

Terry Collins

Joseph Young 

Sydney Gray

LaDonna Castro

Candace Bagwell