Frequently Asked

What Will I Be Expected to Do?

You will report, write and tell stories about people and events in the Milwaukee area. You will talk to the people who make news, from entertainers and athletes to politicians and festival promoters. Ready to interview a major-league baseball player? Well, there's no time like the present! And if you take pride in your visual skills, you’ll get plenty of chances to take photos, create slideshows, podcasts and video. Staff members of Marquette University and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel work directly with you to help you write, edit and use digital state-of-the-art technologies. You’ll also work with other students to publish Urban Voice, the workshop’s annual online magazine.

Where Will I Stay?

You’ll stay in the Marquette University campus residence halls in downtown Milwaukee. Several Marquette students will live in the halls to assist students and help out with workshop projects. Daily meals will be provided, but if you get a craving for snacks, you might consider bringing a little extra cash.

What Should I Bring?

You'll need to bring sheets, blankets, pillows, fan and toiletries. You might also need an umbrella and rain gear in case it rains during your scheduled interview.

How Do I Apply?

First, get an application from your high school or download it here. Send completed applications to the address provided on the Contact Us page of this site. In the application, please include a transcript of your high school work, 150-word essay explaining your interest in UJW and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Please include any writing samples, including news stories, term papers or short stories.

If you receive free or reduced lunch, fill out a form from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

You should hear from the workshop board by the end of May to let you know if you’ve been accepted.

What are the Arrival and Pick up Times?

Arrival: On Sunday, June 15, 2014, students and parents arrive by 3 p.m. for orientation. Students get their room assignments and a chance to settle in. Students and parents are invited to dinner so they can meet each other and staff members. Students should be ready to go at 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Pick Up: Parents will pick up students Friday, June 27. Students and parents will receive a workshop schedule at orientation.

The Urban Journalism Workshop (UJW) is sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund,Journal Communications and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information, please contact Sheena Carey at sheena.carey@marquette.edu.