“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.”
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.”
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.”
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