Scenes from opening day of the 2019 Acel Moore Workshop

“Thank you for allowing me to have this opportunity.  I will be able to participate in the program.  I am grateful that I will be able to learn more about Journalism.”   —   Siani Williams, workshop participant

Siani and 21 other Philadelphia-area students got the chance to learn more about our craft on Saturday, Feb. 2, as the 35th annual Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop got under way.  These aspiring journalists were in a whirlwind for most of the opening session.  They rotated from one learning station to the next; heard from Stan Wischnowski, one of the company’s top executives; sat in on a practical multimedia/video session; and pitched their story ideas with mentors.   

Stan Wischnowski, executive editor and senior vice president at PMN, welcomes workshop participants.
Program director Oscar Miller tells students what to expect during the monthlong program.
Siani Williams, a junior at Cristo Rey High, is a portrait of concentration during one of the workshop’s sessions.
Video editor Raishad Hardnett talks about the importance of video and how students should incorporate them in their work.
Ameer Lane of Universal Audenreid (left) and Kelvin Nunez of West Catholic Prep listen to a presentation.
With an assist from Danese Kenon (left), director of video and photography, Avi Cantor trains his lens on Riley Serback.
Students Nayeli Perez (left) and Nahjiah Miller work on a video exercise.
Sabir Abdusshaheed works on one of the first workshop assignment: Writing a short bio of a fellow participant.
Riley Serback and Siani Williams during the first week of the workshop, which teaches students the fundamentals of  journalism and photography.  The students’ stories are posted on the workshop’s site and in First Take, a student newspaper.
Nzinga Suluki-Bey shoots a video of Sabir Abdusshadeed during a multimedia/video session. Producer Brandon Harden teaches students interview techniques.
Students learn from Deputy Director of Video and Photography Frank Wiese.
Mentors Ray Boyd and Michaelle Bond work with Ebun Adebonojo of J.R. Masterman High.

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