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Fake facts, contests and scholarships highlight annual high school boot camp

Journalism in the Age of Fake Facts — that’s the theme for the press
club’s annual high school journalism boot camp, set for Saturday, May
13, at City College of San Francisco.

This year’s event merges two other longtime club services to
journalism education, high school journalism contests and scholarships
totaling $2,000.

The contest awards are for work by journalism students throughout the
Bay Area. Part of these will be presented during a morning event, then
concluded after the boot camp. Two scholarships for $1,000 each will
be presented at day’s end. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How do you enter the contest? Go here for the details. Here’s a list of last year’s winners.

“The High School Boot Camp is an excellent way for students to learn
about many aspects of the news business by attending interesting
workshops and listening to exceptional guest speakers,” said Antonia
Ehlers, president for the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. “The
energy is high, as young journalists network with students from other
Bay Area public and private high schools while learning new skills
from the experts.”

The keynote speaker is Kaylee Fagan, journalism major from San
Francisco State University who has developed a fake news web series
recently presented at a national journalism convention.

The event will feature a panel discussion on the recent phenomenon of
“fake news and alternative facts.” An array of workshops will address
such topics as breaking news coverage, photography, video production,
investigative journalism and feature writing.

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