C-HIT To Host 2021 Summer Multimedia Journalism Workshop

The Connecticut Health I-Team is hosting a week-long high school multimedia journalism workshop July 19-23.

The C-HIT Summer Multimedia Workshop provides select high school students with the opportunity to develop investigative reporting, video and digital journalism and communication skills in a unique learning environment led by distinguished local and national journalists.

Cost: FREE, but donations welcomed. This year we are bringing our program to students virtually, with one day of in-person class during the week. We promise to deliver a program that will be engaging and provide students with a working knowledge of journalism and sharper communication skills.

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Workshop Topics Include:

  • How to find great news stories
  • How to sharpen research and writing skills
  • Use social media as a reporting and research tool
  • Using public data in reporting and research
  • Multimedia reporting: telling stories in words, video and audio.
  • Journalism ethics

This Year’s Featured Speakers

We’re excited to welcome Helen Ubiñas, an award-winning metro columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and former columnist for The Hartford Courant, where she was part of a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a deadly shooting at Connecticut’s lottery headquarters. In Philadelphia, Helen is changing the community landscape by telling the stories of those whose voices would otherwise go unheard.

Sabrina Herrera is a visual storyteller. She experiments with video and graphics on the Hartford Courant’s Instagram, while building and engaging their social audience. She joined the Hartford Courant in 2018, after working as a video editor in broadcast news at NBC Connecticut. She studied journalism and French language at UConn.

Mark Mirko is a photojournalist and photography editor at The Hartford Courant. He has produced two books, “Passing Time,” a photographic meditation on life and death in his family, and “The Year We Made Eye Contact,” a compilation of photographs and essays by Hartford Courant staff photographers.

Instructors: Marie Shanahan, UConn associate journalism professor; Lynne DeLucia, C-HIT editor and co-founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning former assistant managing editor of the Courant; and Kate Farrish, award-winning C-HIT reporter, journalism professor at Central Connecticut State University and former city editor at the Hartford Courant.

Eligibility: High school students ages 16 and older, with an interest in journalism, sharpening research and writing skills and digital storytelling; prior experience writing for school publications an asset.

Hosted by: Connecticut Health I-Team.

Click here to apply. 

Application deadline: June 1, 2021

Here’s two C-HIT Student News videos produced by our 2019 class:

For information, contact Bonnie Phillips at bonnip8@gmail.com; Lynne DeLucia at delucia.cthealth@gmail.com; or call 203-215-6373.

Camp sponsors: This camp is made possible through a donor-advised fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Betty Knox Foundation, the Fisher Fund, and gifts from generous individual donors. 

The camps are dedicated to C-HIT co-founder and senior writer Lisa Chedekel, who died in January 2018.