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Journalism Mentoring Program
Program pairs Communication Studies majors with local youth

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Students in Journalism Mentoring Program

“They want to show the positive aspects of their community and that it is a great place to live. These students don't think that the continuous negative coverage by the news media is an accurate portrayal of City Heights.”

– Lindsay Giles ‘15

The Department of Communication Studies has partnered with Price Charities to pair high school journalists with USD student mentors. Each pair will submit two articles for publication in City Heights Life, a community newspaper.

“Price Charities is interested in supporting quality journalism and hopes to create avenues for underrepresented groups to enter the profession,” said Communication Studies Chair Kristin Moran, PhD. “We really hope that both the USD students and the high school students will become changemakers within their communities.”

Students in Journalism Mentoring Program

“Our hope is that not only will the program highlight the profession of journalism, but also encourage these high achieving students to apply to four year universities — even to USD.”

– Kristin Moran, PhD

The mentees see vast benefits, as they gain confidence and practical experience with the writing process. Mentors assist with story selection, research and editing. They also encourage responsible journalism practices. Lindsday Giles ‘15 said the high school students are already striving to improve the dialogue surrounding their community.

“They want to show the positive aspects of their community and that it is a great place to live,” Giles said. “These students don't think that the continuous negative coverage by the news media is an accurate portrayal of City Heights.”

Students in Journalism Mentoring Program

“Price Charities is interested in supporting quality journalism and hopes to create avenues for underrepresented groups to enter the profession. We really hope that both the USD students and the high school students will become changemakers within their communities.”

– Kristin Moran, PhD

USD mentors and their high school mentees meet regularly to share a meal and develop stories. In addition to earning .5 units of Communication credit, mentors have the chance to enhance their own journalism skills.

“Mentoring has helped me think about my writing in a different way,” Giles said. “Editing my mentee’s story has allowed me to see errors in my own writing more clearly, which is immensely helpful.”

Students in Journalism Mentoring Program

“Mentoring has helped me think about my writing in a different way. Editing my mentee’s story has allowed me to see errors in my own writing more clearly, which is immensely helpful.”

– Lindsay Giles ‘15

According to Moran, the program’s goal is to foster deeper interest in journalism and to give USD students the opportunity to serve by teaching. It’s also a great way to promote higher education.

“Our hope is that not only will the program highlight the profession of journalism, but also encourage these high achieving students to apply to four year universities — even to USD,” Moran said.

- Anne Malinoski ‘11