Alternate MJW Plan 2020
Because of uncertainty related to Covid-19, the Greater St. Louis Association of
Black Journalists (GSLABJ) has made the tough decision to cancel its 2020 Minority
Journalism Workshop, scheduled for Webster University in June.
While GSLABJ has hosted the workshop for most of its 44-year existence, the
pandemic has made it impossible to give area high school students interested in
journalism careers hands-on experience and exposure to professionals in the
Therefore, we have opted to offer an alternate program, GSLABJ Insight into a
Pandemic, so students can share their experiences related to the pandemic and
vie for a scholarship to help with college expenses. We invite all 2020 high school
graduates to submit content on one of the following subject areas:
▪ What was the biggest impact of the pandemic on your senior year?
▪ What has the pandemic revealed about you or your family?
▪ How will the pandemic experience change your life or perspective?
We urge you to be descriptive in your language when discussing your impact area
and consider using a creative background in your video. Most of all, we require
that you remain safe and not put yourself in harm’s way for the project.
▪ Written Story: The piece should be no more than 500 words and submitted
to GSLABJ as a double-spaced Word document.
▪ Video: A video clip no longer than three minutes must be published to
YouTube by the student and the link submitted to GSLABJ.
▪ Audio: A 3-minute audio clip or podcast should be published to SoundCloud
and the link sent to GSLABJ.
Submit your Word document as an attachment, or the links to your video or audio
clips by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 26. Include your 1) name, 2) age, 3)
city, 4) school, 5) phone number and 6) the college you plan to attend this fall.
Final Judging and Scholarship Awards
A winner will be selected in each of the three submission categories and
announced the week of July 20. Each winner will be awarded $750, which will be
submitted to your college of choice.
Content may be edited for length and clarity. Your submission also gives us
authority to post your content and personal information on a public-facing page
that we will promote on our www.gslabj.org website and our Facebook page.
If you have any questions, please contact Bonita Tillman at (314) 210-1430.