Prestigious Scripps School coming to MHS January 11

High School Journalism and Media program will host Scripps Day at MHS


Students from around the nation attend the 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp. Photos by Lucas Reilly.

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief

Mason High School media will host faculty from Ohio University in ‘Scripps Day at MHS’ on January 11.

Guest speakers will come from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Scripps College of Communication, School of Visual Communication, School of Media Arts and Studies, and the Strategic Communications program. Students will see first-hand what it is like to study and work in the fields of journalism, advertising, public relations, design, communications, and more.

Student films protesters outside Schoonover Center at 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp.

Dr. Robert Stewart, Director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, coordinated this event after a September visit to Mason in which he taught students how to film stories on iPhones. He said this Scripps Day will reflect the media experience at O.U.

“What you will see on that day is how all of us are integrated and work together,” Stewart said. “I think that is a good way to predict what your experience would be like if you came to O.U. to study any one of these disciplines. You would actually have access to all of the disciplines.”

These breakout sessions will be available to all students. MHS Journalism and Media Instructor Dale Conner said this event will appeal to students across levels of interest and experience.

“There’s more to media than just television news and newspapers,” Conner said. “Media is present in almost all work-related fields, and I think the young (or undecided) students in the program will have a chance to learn more, so they can see if this is something they would like to pursue. For the student who is really interested and (thinks), ‘Can I make a living at this?,’ they are going to learn that they can.”

(Left to right) senior Eric Michael, junior Eric Miller, and senior Jonathan McCollough listen to lecture at 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp.

To jumpstart their media careers, many Comets become Bobcats. The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and is consistently regarded as a top journalism school in the country. Many Comets become involved in real-world media outlets across communications departments, whether they become reporters for the Post, producers for WOUB Public Media, or public relations associates for ImPRessions.

As part of ‘Scripps Day at MHS,’ O.U. graduates, who are now media professionals, will share their work and college experience. Conner said it is an honor that Mason media attracts such professionals.

“We must be doing something right that one of the finest, most respected schools in the country wants to come to us and essentially recruit our students,” Conner said. “I think the students who go through our program are very capable of making significant contributions at O.U. which is another reason why Dr. Stewart and his colleagues are coming here to spend the day with us.”

Mason alum and O.U. freshman Blake Nissen presents project to fellow attendees of 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp.

For an inside look at Mason media, read the Chronicle newspaper online or watch the latest MBC Broadcast. If you are interested in joining these media teams, consider applying for the Chronicle for the 2017-18 school year or scheduling for Integrated Media Internship.

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