70th workshop kicks off

The 70th-annual California Scholastic Press Association journalism workshop kicked off Monday morning with students meeting each other and their instructors and completing their initial assignment.

Kellen Browning, Gwen Wu present
Gwen Wu of the Houston Chronicle (right) and Kellen Browning of The New York Times coach students on the basics of lede writing.

The workshop, traditionally held on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is an online-only event for a second consecutive year because of COVID-19 safety protocols, but the move online has allowed CSPA to expand its reach, and this year’s class includes students from four countries.

Over these five days, our students will learn the fundamentals of journalism and also have the opportunity to interact with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including print journalism, broadcast, online media, photojournalism and public relations.

Karen Raffensperger (right), who recently retired from CBS News, discusses journalism ethics with CSPA students.

The event will conclude on Friday, with a presentation from award-winning former Orange County Register reporter Larry Welborn, plus a discussion with Brittny Mejia of the Los Angeles Times and Soumya Karlamangla of The New York Times.

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