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Morehead Writing Project to hold Summer Journalism Camp

The Morehead Writing Project (MWP) will hold a summer journalism camp June 9-15 at Morehead State University.   

The camp is designed for high school students and is aimed at teaching them about the different aspects of modern journalism. Twelve students will participate in the residential camp this year. The camp will feature several professional mentors, including:  

  • Leeann Akers, news director at Morehead State Public Radio.
  • John Flavell, instructor of convergent media at MSU and a working journalist.  
  • Chuck Mraz, retired news director of Morehead State Public Radio. 
  • Stephanie Ockerman, editor of The Morehead News.  

“The goal of the camp is to give high school students hands-on convergent media experience to encourage and support the next generation of journalists and to draw attention to the important work of journalists and how areas that are news deserts can provide rich opportunity for journalists to explore,” said MWP Director and Instructor of English Dr. Deanna Mascle.   

Participants in the camp will learn about video and audio production for broadcast, news gathering and writing. They will work on assignments from their mentors and will also work to create a news package about a local topic of their choosing, with the guidance of the professional mentors in the camp along with MSU student mentors.   

“Journalism is an exciting field with a wide range of opportunities even in our current challenging media climate,” Mascle said. “Many people are not aware of the variety of career paths open to today's journalists. In addition, even if students eventually change professions the skills they learn through this camp and a journalism degree are very beneficial across many fields.”  

The camp is sponsored by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation Journalism and Media Program offered through the National Writing Project. It is a collaboration of the MWP, MSU’s Department of English, MSU’s convergent media program, WMKY 90.3 FM Morehead State Public Radio and The Trail Blazer.   

For information about programs in the Department of English, visit, email or call 606-783-9448.  

To learn more about MSU’s convergent media program, visit, email or call 606-783-2134.  

Learn about the Morehead Writing Project by visiting, by contacting Mascle at or by calling 606-783-5280.