The West Slope Photojournalism workshop (WSPJ) is a summer-long photography and storytelling workshop put on by Abigail Harrison, a photojournalist based in the west. WSPJ is offered in two, 2-week sessions. Participants meet daily from 9am-12pm.
We provide students with hands-on experience using industry standard multimedia equipment and techniques. Participants will explore a variety of topics with the guidance of several industry professionals introduced to them by Harrison. Through a combination of lectures, roundtable discussion, and photography excursions, participants will learn and build upon concepts of camera use, journalism ethics, writing development, and artistic presentation. Participants are taught to use industry standard equipment and asked to think critically about the implications of those products.
This workshop will empower participants to share stories from their lived experiences. In doing so, students address a fundamental question of modern journalism: “Who controls the narrative?” These young storytellers will learn to reflect critically on their own circumstances and feel that their voices are valuable, in order to ultimately place themselves in a larger, more complex world.