Am. Indian Journalism Institute at USD features student journalists from across the nation

Thirteen college students and recent graduates from across the United States are participating in the 12th annual American Indian Journalism Institute (AIJI), June 13-22, at the University of South Dakota.

AIJI, a joint program of the Freedom Forum and USD, is a premier journalism training, scholarship and internship program for aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds. Throughout the 10-day institute, students attend classes, learn basic journalism practices, participate in educational field trips, report, write and produce multimedia projects.

Student journalists are assigned to chronicle events in southeast South Dakota during AIJI, including Czech Days at Tabor and Tour de Kota 2012. Event coverage will include stories, social media, photography and video projects.

Chuck Baldwin, instructor and journalist-in-residence at the Al Neuharth Media Center, said AIJI opens doors for students who have a passion and potential to succeed as professional journalists. Students accepted to AIJI submit applications, work samples and complete a phone interview.

Area students attending AIJI 2012 are: Heidi Bounphithack, Sioux Falls (SDSU) and  Dylan Geuther, Vermillion (USD).

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