To honor the late Donald W. Carson, the UA School of Journalism is naming its high school diversity workshop after the revered emeritus professor.
The Don Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School students will take place June
3-9, with 12 students living on the UA campus for a week. Carson founded the workshop in 1976, and it became solely for high school students in 1981.
Carson, 85, director of the journalism department from 1978 to 1985 and professor from 1966 to 1997, died on Feb. 1 of multiple health complications. His memorial service was Feb. 23.
"Prof. Carson championed diversity at the U of A and in the journalism industry at large," said Nathan Olivarez-Giles, a 2008 grad and a former workshop mentor. A former editor at the Wall Street Journal, he's active in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is now an innovation editor for Apple.
The free high school workshop is sponsored by the endowed Don Carson Concerned Media Professionals Fund and the Dow Jones News Fund. Students learn news writing, reporting, editing, photojournalism and video-editing techniques, as well as ethics, media law, reporting for radio, and virtual reality and drone journalism.
Students produce a print and online newspaper called The Chronicle. They are paired with current UA journalism students, who serve as mentors, to pitch story ideas, as they would in a real newsroom. Faculty and professionals help lead the sessions.
"It's very appropriate to name the summer workshop after Don," said 1966 alum Frank Sotomayor, who chairs the school's advisory council.
In 1980, Carson also launched the Editing Program for Minority Journalists at UA with Sotomayor. For 20 years, it trained hundreds of the nation's minority editors, using UA students as reporters.
"It’s easy for some people to pay lip service to ending inequity, but Don 'did the work' to improve conditions," Sotomayor wrote in his guest column about Carson's legacy in the Arizona Daily Star.
• Read more about H.S. workshop and 2017 group.
• See Don Carson's obit and student remembrances.
• Donate to Carson CMP Fund benefitting workshop.