Check out what the 2017 class learned and experienced with this story: MUJW students cover technology with multimedia lens

At the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop, high school students from around the U.S. and other countries work together with the guidance of professional journalists to produce stories, photos and broadcasts.

Read some of the workshoppers’ favorite quotes from sources, experiences and moments using the hashtag #MUJWTwitter.

Diversity has been an historical component of this workshop since it was first offered 47 years ago. The goal is to help a diverse group of students learn how to cover issues, news and current events in an inclusive way. Over seven days, they will produce stories in the School’s award-winning, hands-on learning laboratories, including the Columbia Missourian newspaper; KOMU-TV, the local NBC affiliate; KBIA-FM, mid-Missouri’s NPR affiliate, as well as across multiple media platforms. Instruction will be guided by faculty experts at the Missouri School of Journalism and industry professionals.

Highlights of the workshop include:

  • Mobile Technologies: Students will learn how to interview sources, shoot video, take photos — do everything they need for their story — while they’re on location. In today’s world, journalists can work from anywhere.
  • Social Media: Students will use Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and other social platforms to engage with the public, gather information and more for all stages of their reporting.
  • Documentary Journalism: Students will go beyond day-turn reporting and try their hand at long-form storytelling. They’ll learn new investigative and technical skills in this exercise.
  • Data Journalism: Students will dig deep into publicly-available information in government databases to discover facts and statistics. They’ll learn how to produce graphics that visualize the information for the public.
  • Lots More: Web design and production, narrative writing and story structure, other timely and current topics.

Cost for the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop, held on the MU campus, includes most meals, lodging and all workshop activities. Some scholarships were available to those who qualify for financial need.

The next MUJW will take place in July 2018. The workshop is open to exceptional sophomores but junior/senior status is preferred. For information and an application, contact:


132 Neff Annex
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-6031

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