Are you or a high school student in Washington State? Are you interested in story-telling?

EchoX’s DIGITIZE is hosting a paid workshop opportunity for Washington State high school students to learn journalism skills from communications professionals.

Our Communications Director Kathryn Lam and multi-media journalist Kamna Shastri (KUOW, Seattle GlobalistBrown Girl MagazineSouth Seattle EmeraldInternational Examiner) are teaching this hybrid workshop for six high school students this upcoming winter. Helping with marketing for the workshop is our new Fall Social Media Fellow, Isabel!

Isabel is a high school student at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, WA. She is interested in digital equity and loves to read. Recently, they read (and loved) Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner. Their favorite food is ceviche, but for hot foods she also likes pho and posole. Isabel will be working with us this fall to create social media posts for our Instagram page surrounding the workshop.

The workshop:

Students will meet in person at Washington Hall for a kick-off workshop session where they will learn skills like how to conduct a thoughtful interview and brainstorm concepts for their project, either an article or a short audio piece. They will then meet virtually in smaller groups ⁠to finalize their project ideas followed by three one-on-one sessions with Kathryn to workshop their piece and get feedback. The workshop will conclude with an in-person showcase at Washington Hall where students will be able to invite their interview subjects, friends, and family to watch them present their article or audio piece. At the closing showcase, they will be presented with a certificate of completion and a $500 stipend for their work. Their pieces will be published on Voices, EchoX’s virtual collection of thoughtful news, art, and literary pieces, and each piece will have a turn being on the EchoX home page for a month.

The piece:

The theme of the workshop is “own voices.” This might look like a piece about an aspect of the student’s ethnic or cultural community that they are particularly interested in or proud of and want to share (e.g., the history—and rise—of boba in the U.S. related to the misunderstanding/‘othering’ of Asian foods, the cultural importance of bush burning to prevent uncontrolled wildfires) or something that they feel is misrepresented in mass media (e.g., the sacredness of regalia, the underrepresentation of BIPOC communities in tech, etc.).⁠

How to apply:

Applications will be open from 5:00. p.m., November 14, 2022, to 11:59 p.m., January 6, 2023.

Application form

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email and a member of our team will get back to you shortly. Interested in our youth opportunities? Check out our Instagram page for the latest announcements and updates.

This workshop is sponsored by the City of Seattle. Thank you, Seattle!