Annual USM multimedia workshop focusing on Katrina's 10th anniversary

Annual USM multimedia workshop focusing on Katrina's 10th anniversary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than one dozen high-achieving students from across Mississippi are at The University of Southern Mississippi this week, attending an intensive seminar to hone their journalism skills. Sixteen high school students are taking part in an annual multimedia workshop.

The emphasis is on events surrounding the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The students are not only listening to valuable lectures from journalism professionals, they are also covering anniversary events using print, photo, broadcast, radio and social media.

"We have some journalists around that covered Hurricane Katrina here and on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, but also New Orleans," said Robby Byrd, workshop director. "We also Skyped with Kathleen Koch from CNN."

"I wanted to expand my horizons within the journalism field," said Kassidy Biss, a student at Ocean Springs High School who is one of the students attending the workshop. "I wanted to see what I could do, what I'm capable of and look and see what I want to do in the future."

"I learned how different writing an article is from writing an actual English paper," said Joshua Walton, another student from Union High School. "I learned how to write articles better and I've learned how to be a better journalist and photographer."

The workshop is getting support from the Dow Jones News Fund.

It wraps up Sunday.