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High School Summer Workshop 2018

Apply Now! High School Journalism Workshop,
June 24-27, 2018


Tuition and living expenses will be covered by Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications. We seek students with at least B grades. We also seek applications from students who will be in positions to improve their high school publications, and we use the workshop program to support incoming, first-year student journalists who want to jump-start their first semester at Marshall.



Postmark by Saturday, May 19, 2018


Instructions for Application


Please follow the steps below. Print your documents on standard business paper. You may not FAX your application, but feel free to SCAN and send your materials as a Microsoft Word attachment. There is no separate form to complete. Send questions to Professor Burnis Morris — Please follow the following steps for a successful application.

  1. Write a letter/essay of application indicating your interest in the workshop. There is no required length, but you should write enough to showcase your communication skills.
    A. The letter/essay should begin with a salutation (Dear Professor Morris: or Dear Selection Committee Members:). Don’t forget the colon. Hit the return key and begin the first paragraph. The first paragraph should be a sentence stating that you are applying for one of the positions available in the high school journalism workshop. Include the name of your high school, your age and current year in school (such as sophomore, junior or senior).
    B. Paragraph 2: The next section of the letter/essay should describe the level of your interest in the journalism workshop and how you would use the workshop experience to improve your communication skills or improve your high school publication, whether online or print. Indicate whether you are interested in journalism as a writer, photographer, editor or page designer.
    C. Paragraph 3: State your qualifications. Cite grades, awards and any experience you have working on a high school newspaper, yearbook staff or other work experience. If your experience is limited, explain how your strengths and abilities will lead you to success in the workshop.
    D. Paragraph 4: Discuss your maturity and personal responsibility. Can you handle living in a college dormitory for four days?
  2. Provide one or more articles or photographs you have published anywhere. Include the publication’s name and publication date. You also may provide links to online material.

If you have no published article or photographs to submit, include an essay you wrote for class as an example of your writing skills. If you publish a blog, include photocopies from your best posts and your blog address. (In this section of the application, you should state that you are enclosing such items.)


  1. Indicate the best time to contact you to discuss your application. Include your e-mail address, home phone number and cell phone number.


  1. Write a statement indicating you have the approval of your parent or guardian to attend the workshop. Saying “My parent approves this application” would work. If your application is accepted, a parent or guardian must provide written consent by signing a form we will send you.


  1. Sign your application (letter/essay) and date it. Ask your parent or guardian to sign and date your application — next to your signature.
  2. Please attach the following items.
    A. Letter of support from a high school teacher (journalism, English, or other person who knows you well).
  3. High school transcript.



Mail your documents to the following address:

Professor Burnis R. Morris

Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Marshall University

1 John Marshall Drive

Huntington, WV 25755
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Diversity Statement

This statement affirms the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ commitment to an environment of teaching and learning, which recognizes and welcomes diversity of race, color, culture, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status and economic, political and ethnic backgrounds. Consistent with Marshall University’s dedication to this principle, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to developing the potential of all students by creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and fosters understanding in a multicultural, global community. The dean and faculty believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student population value differences and similarities among people and supports the mission of the organization.




Burnis R. Morris

Carter G. Woodson Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications

Marshall University

304-696-4635 voice

Black History Month Events

Events include the following:

Carter G. Woodson Annual Soul Food Feast, Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., Memorial Student Center.


Luke Eric Lassiter, director of the MU Graduate Humanities Program, presents: The Glenwood Project, Charleston Slave Histories, and Community-University Research Partnerships. Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. Drinko Library Atrium.

Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter is Professor of Humanities and Anthropology and the Director of the Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program.  He is also Co-Director of the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, a private-public partnership between the Historic Glenwood Foundation, Marshall University, and West Virginia State University.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Margaret Mead Award, and has written extensively on anthropology, collaborative ethnography, and community-university research partnerships. His books include The Power of Kiowa Song, Invitation to Anthropology, Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography, and the Other Side of Middletown, among others.

The Rev. Matthew Watts, “Next Steps,” following the State of African Americans in West Virginia summit at Marshall University in November. City of Huntington lecture series, Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., City Hall.

Watts is the senior pastor of the Grace Bible Church in Charleston, where has served for more than 10 years. He has been a pastor for more than 20 years, serving in several churches.




Thom Walker, an associate professor and the music and digital services librarian with Marshall University Libraries, will speak on blues from the Richmond, Virginia, area Monday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.

Thomas Walker is an Associate Professor and the Music and Digital Services Librarian at Marshall University.  Prior to joining the world of academia, Mr. Walker was a television news director, as well as a touring blues musician.   He has shared the stage with “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters Band), Johnny B. Moore, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf), and other notables in the electric and acoustic blues genres.





A Frederick Douglass speech reenactment and birthday celebration will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.

Woodson created Negro History Week in 1926 and honored the births of Abraham Lincoln and Douglass with the dates he selected. Marshall will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Douglass, the black abolitionist and journalist, with a presentation and re-enactment of an 1852 Douglass speech on “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Professor Robert Levine, University of Maryland, and actor Phil Darius Wallace. Local singer Dana Hart will sing “Happy Birthday,” and cake will be served.


Robert S. Levine is Professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He got his PhD at Stanford University and has been teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1983. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance (1989), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity (1997), Dislocating Race and Nation (2008), The Lives of Frederick Douglass (2016), and Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (2018) and the editor or coeditor of over 20 volumes, including Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader (2003),  Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation (2008), Hemispheric American Studies (2008), The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (2014), and a cultural and critical edition of Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave (2015).





Actor, Phil Darius Wallace


A presentation by Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th librarian of Congress and the first African- American and first woman appointed to this position, will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The Library of Congress has special significance in Dr. Woodson’s research program.







Dr. Carla Hayden


The Mis-Education of the Negro, Woodson’s most famous book, will be revisited in a roundtable discussion by Marshall students seeking 21st-century implications. The roundtable begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Drinko Library Atrium. This will be presented with support from Equity Programs and MUReads.


Andrew H. Lee of New York University will discuss “Strange Fruit: The Scottsboro Case and Its Global Impact” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Room 402 of Drinko Library.


Dr. Craig Woodson is an ethnomusicologist and Carter G. Woodson relative. He will present a lecture entitled “Drumming and Sankofa: Our Story of Black/White Woodson Family Reconciliation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.





Dr. Craig Woodson is a percussionist, educational consultant and applied ethnomusicologist (UCLA, 1983).  After starting his company Ethnomusic, Inc. in 1976, he directed a university instrument-making project in Ghana for three years between1979-1984. He has over 250 instrument inventions including 12 patents and is a consultant to the Remo drum company. Personally, over the past 20 years, Dr. Woodson has been involved with reconciliation among black and white Woodsons including presentations at ASALH National Conferences in 2016 and 2017.

“Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations” by Burnis R. Morris

This study reveals how historian Carter G. Woodson (1875 – 1950) used the black press and modern public relations techniques to popularize black history during the first half of the twentieth century. Explanation for Woodson’s success with the modern black history movement usually include his training, deep-rooted principles, and single-minded determination. Often overlooked, however, is Woodson’s skillful use of newspapers in developing and executing a public-education campaign built on truth, accuracy, fairness, and education. Burnis R. Morris explains how Woodson attracted mostly favorable news coverage for his history movement due to his deep understanding of the newspapers’ business and editorial models as well as his public relations skills, which helped him merge the interests of the black press with his cause.

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