And they’re back! 71st CSPA opens at Cal Poly

Gwen Wu teaches CSPA lede class

The 2022 edition of the CSPA High School Journalism Workshop marks a return to in-person learning

A class of 20 students returned to the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after two summers away for the start of the CSPA summer journalism workshop on July 16.

Coming from as far away as Humboldt County, students settled into a campus dorm, started attending class in the Cal Poly graphic arts building and enjoyed dinner at Vista Grande dining complex before an evening of ice breakers and social time.

Instructor Gwen Wu (formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle) kicked off the workshop classes with lede writing. The first assignment paid tribute to CSPA’s long history of fictional earthquakes rattling the Central Coast.

The second day’s schedule includes newswriting, interviewing, profile writing and social media for newsgathering and classes from Wu, Meghan Bobrowsky (The Wall Street Journal) and Ellie Smith (Gannett/USA Today).

The workshop runs through July 24.

Published by Nicole Vargas

Assistant professor, Digital Journalism, San Diego City College; Adviser, City Times Media - City Times digital news, CTTV/Newscene, City Times Sound radio and podcast, Legend magazine and Indy Film