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Local students selected for prestigious journalism program

Friday, Jan. 17 | By hdellinger
Three Fauquier County Public Schools students have been selected to participate in The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP).

Catie Harper, a sophomore at Kettle Run High School, and Abby Seitz, a senior at Fauquier High School, have been selected to participate in a 16-week sports writing mentorship program which runs January 18 through May 10.

Throughout the program they will work closely with sports writers and editors from The Washington Post and receive field training in sports writing, reporting, visual journalism and game coverage of professional teams and/or high school sports.

Two of 10 students selected for the program, Catie and Abby will be “YJDP Sports Correspondents” for AllMetSports.com, The Post’s home for local high school sports. They will be paired with mentors from The Post’s sports staff with whom they will work throughout the series.

Catie and Abby will be assigned a project at the start of the program that will track their development throughout the extent of the series. They will receive one-on-one feedback on individual stories they develop, write and publish in their school newspapers, The Chronicle and Falconer respectively, or on washingtonpost.com/youngjournalists.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Catie,” said KRHS journalism teacher Shelly Norden in a press release. “I’m so excited for her.”

FHS journalism teacher Marie Miller said, “Abby has always been a self-starter with respect to journalism training. She has participated in other program with The Washington Post, including a workshop on multimedia reporting during which she wrote and produced a video on the lack of development around Nationals Park. Sports journalism is her passion, and I’m delighted she will have this opportunity to train with such high-caliber professional journalists.”

For the third year in a row Abby Duker, a senior at Kettle Run High School, has been selected to participate in the Urban Journalism Workshop sponsored by The Washington Post. She will spend every Saturday from March 1 through April 26 in Washington, D.C., working under the guidance of experienced reporters.

This year Abby will participate in the radio workshop, having already completed both the broadcast and print journalism workshops in the past two years.

Conducted in partnership with the Washington Association of Black Journalists, the Urban Journalism Workshop is a multicultural workshop training students in the basics of newspaper, broadcast and multimedia journalism and offering an inside look at journalism as seen by some of the industry’s leading minority journalists.

Experienced journalists from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, National Public Radio and other media companies facilitate the workshops, conducted on eight consecutive Saturdays at various locations throughout the Washington area.

Any high school student in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland metropolitan area with a minimum of two years of experience in journalism who wants to pursue journalism at the college level is eligible to apply, and a maximum of 40 students are selected.

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