Urban Journalism Workshop

What Will I Be Expected to Do?

You will report, write and tell stories about people and events in the Milwaukee area. You will talk to the people who make news, from entertainers and athletes to politicians and festival promoters. Ready to interview a major league baseball player? Well, there's no time like the present! And if you take pride in your visual skills, you'll get plenty of chances to take photos, create slide shows, podcasts and video.

Staff members of Marquette University and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel work directly with you to help you write, edit and use digital state-of-the-art technologies. You'll also work with other students to publish Urban Voice, the workshop's annual online magazine. 

How Do I Apply?

First, get an application from your high school or download and fill out the application form. Completed applications can be sent to Dr. Patrick Johnson.

In the application, please include: 

  • a transcript of your high school work,
  • 150-200 word essay explaining your interest in UJW, and
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

Please include any writing samples, including news stories, term papers or short stories. You should hear from the workshop board early of June to let you know if you've been accepted. 

What is the cost?

The fee for the entire workshop is $500. Checks can be made payable to Marquette University and are due by the first day of the workshop. If you receive free or reduced lunch, fill out a form from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

What are the Arrival and Pick-Up Times?

The workshop will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Students and parents will receive a workshop schedule at orientation on June 19.