Nearly 20 high school juniors and seniors have completed a rigorous journalism training program where they learned to create their own newspaper and produce their own news broadcast, which will air at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBC-7.
The eight-day program, sponsored by the California Chicano News Media Association and hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University, is in its 30th year, a milestone that San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, who represents Coronado and the South Bay, noted Tuesday.
Organizers and students received a proclamation declaring Tuesday “San Diego Multicultural Journalism Workshop Day” throughout the county.
Professional journalists from print, broadcast and online media organizations, in addition to local universities, volunteer at the event, training the students how to report, write and edit the news.
All expenses were paid for the students, three of whom received scholarships for excellence shown during the workshop.
They covered serious issues, from bullying and driving while texting, to lighter fare like new attractions at SeaWorld and a review of the film Brave.
The students are:
Omar Ali, Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch.
Robert Aragon, St. Augustine High in North Park.
Lluvia Balanzar, La Jolla High.
Malissa Bilbrey, Steele Canyon Charter High in Spring Valley.
Anna Buckley, Westview High in Torrey Highlands, scholarship winner.
Miranda Ceja, Mission Hills High in San Marcos, scholarship winner.
Jennifer Chang, Torrey Pines High in San Diego.
Yuze (Emily) Chen, John W. North High in Riverside.
Sabrina Estrella, Vista del Lago High, Moreno Valley.
Nicholas Gasparro, Bonita Vista High in Bonita.
Allison Grenda, Vista High School.
Alexa Grossman, Del Norte High.
Shardasia LeDay, Helix High in La Mesa, scholarship winner.
Maura McNamara, Academy of Our Lady of Peace in North Park.
Giovanna Robledo, Olympian High in Chula Vista.
Kassandra Rodriguez, Mission Hills High.
Benjamin Stein, Patrick Henry High in San Diego.