New leadership workshop offers students investigative journalism skills


The two-day program will offer hands-on instruction in strategic web searching, open records and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filing, staff leadership and management, media ethics, cutting-edge reporting practices, data analysis and reporting project development and execution.

The workshop faculty includes an information science expert, media law veteran, an award-winning investigative journalist, an award-winning high school adviser and rising stars.

Applicants must be recommended by their scholastic journalism adviser. Funds provided by the Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative will cover registration, housing, a meal and material.

The workshop coordinator will be Ernest Wiggins, associate professor, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Karen Flowers and Leslie Dennis will assist Wiggins by coordinating with state, regional and national high schools.

The Baldwin workshop will be a collaborative effort among the principle partners – the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Southern Interscholastic Press Association and the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association. To apply, click here.

The Baldwin Pre-Collegiate Fellowship for Business and Investigative Journalism offers high school journalism leaders cutting-edge instruction in finding and developing meaningful and high-impact stories. Not only are the workshop instructors experts in their fields, but they are leaders in their own right. Jill Chappell-Fail is the senior resource consultant for the College of Information and Communications. Jay Bender is a veteran media law professor and a partner in the Baker, Ravenel & Bender law firm. Phillip Caston is a former high school newspaper editor and is currently a scholastic media adviser who has advised two S.C. Scholastic Journalists of the Year. Chris Muldrow is the founder of Rambletype media consultancy and the former chief digital officer for Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. Chris Davis is assistant managing editor and chief of investigations for the Tampa Bay Times. This dynamic team knows what it takes to make effective leaders.

View the workshop schedule here:

Baldwin fellows sched