SOURCE: Asian American Journalists Association

April 17, 2012 15:01 ET

Loyola University to Host AAJA's J Camp in New Orleans

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) today announced Loyola University's sponsorship of J Camp, a multicultural high school journalism workshop. Forty-two high school students from across the country will be selected to participate in the five-day program hosted by the university located in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 19-24, 2012.

"Here at Loyola we are passionate about journalism and journalism education," said Dr. Sonya Duhe, Director and Professor of the School of Mass Communications at Loyola University. "So we are just thrilled to host these most talented young journalists from across the country."

Since the program started in 2001, a total of 459 of the nation's brightest young people have graduated from J Camp, which endeavors to develop the next generation of journalists. High school students from across the country are selected in a competitive application process where academic achievement and journalistic talent are among the strongest considerations. The students selected for the 2012 J Camp are:

Neal Justin, J Camp co-director and TV critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune also stated: "We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing J Camp to New Orleans and, more specifically, Loyola University. The facilities, location and staff are top notch, providing a great home base for one of the strongest classes in our 12-year history."

Students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds attend the program to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of hands-on training with leading professional journalists, lectures from some of the industry's biggest stars, and reporting field trips.

"We are really excited for this year's class of J Campers to get a taste of academic life at Loyola while they are learning more about the profession of journalism," said AAJA National President Doris Truong. "New Orleans has so many stories, and the students will be privileged to have easy access to the city from Loyola's campus."

About AAJA

The Asian American Journalists Association is a non-profit professional and educational organization with approximately 1,400 members and 21 chapters across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA's mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For more information, visit