Philadelphia Teen Part of Photojournalism Project

Six Mississippi high school students, including one from Philadelphia, have been chosen to join three University of Southern Mississippi photojournalism majors to participate in the second year of the Southern Mississippi Photojournalism Project.

The students will attend the first of two weekend workshops on the Southern Miss campus January 8, 9 and 10.

High school students selected to participate include: Kasey Thaggard, a senior from Philadelphia who attends Leake Academy; Shayan Asadi, a junior from Columbus who attends Heritage Academy; Ruth Brown, a junior from Starkville High School; James Butts, a sophomore from the Winona Separate Special School District; Horacio Leal, a junior from Eupora High School; and Adreain Reynolds, a senior from Bruce High School.

The Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism received a $55,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to support the two-year project, which is headed by Clarence Williams, photojournalist in residence. Williams won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography when he was a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for these students,” Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, said. “They’re getting some first-rate instruction, and they’ll be working on stories of real significance. What an excellent way to get a photojournalism career started.”


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