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2016MosaicJournalismWorkshop,June1224

www.mercurynews.com/mosaic

Applicantsmustbecurrentsophomores,juniorsorseniorsinhighschool.(Mosaicisa
fulltime,residentialprogram.Allstudentsarerequiredtostayovernightinthe
workshopssuperviseddormitoryatSanJoseStateUniversity,SanJoseCA)

Deadline:PostmarkedMonday,March14,2016


Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Homeaddress_____________________________________________________________

City,State,Zipcode:
____________________________________________________________

Homephone:___________________________Cellphone:_________________________
Email:
_______________________________________________________________________
Ethnicity____________________________________________________________________
Foreignlanguagesfluency____________________________________________________
DateofBirth_________________________Sex:M_________F________
HighSchool:_____________________________City______________________________
CurrentGradeLevel:___________GPA(Indicateifweighted):_______________________

HaveyouappliedforMosaicinthepast? No_____Yes_____Whatyear?______________
Pleasecircletheactivitiesinwhichyouhaveparticipated:
Schoolnewspaper
JournalismClasses
Photography
Webdesign

Yearbook
Blog
Magazine
Videojournalism

Otherrelatedactivity
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
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WhichdoyouprefertostudyinMosaic:Reporting&Writing_______Photography________
Ifoffered,wouldyoualsoliketostudyvideojournalism?Yes_____No_____
Haveyoueverparticipatedinasummerjournalismworkshopbefore?Yes_____No_____
Ifyes,pleaselistnameofworkshop,locationandstate:
_________________________________

Sendapapercopyofthisformwiththematerialslistedonthenextpage

hatYouNeedtoSendtoUs
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Officialtranscriptofyourhighschoolgrades.Thismaybesentdirectlytousbyyourschoolor
youmayincludeitwithyourapplication.

ForMosaicstaffwriterapplicants:atleastthreesamplesofyourwriting.Weprefernews
articles,opinioncolumnsoressaysoncurrentevents.However,youmaysubmituptoone
sampleofpoetry,fiction,bookreviewsorotherprose.
Forphotographyapplicants:atleastsixsamplesofwork.Or,sendusalinktoyourpersonal

photoWebpagewithanoteindicatingatleastsixphotosweshouldconsider.

Forvideojournalismapplicants:uptothreesamplesonadiskoraURLoranactivelinkto
yourvideo.

Allapplicants
:Onaseparatesheetofpaper,writeanessayof75100wordsonwhyyou
wanttoparticipateinMosaicandyourinterestinjournalism.
Twolettersofrecommendationfromteachers,counselors,employersorotherswhoknowyour

workwell.Donotincludelettersfromrelativesorpersonalfriends.Thelettersmaybesent
separatelyorwithyourapplication.
TwoideasforambitiousnewsreportsorphotoessaysthatyouwouldpursueduringMosaic.

Whowouldyoufindandinterviewforthestories?Howandwherewouldyoufindthem?Why
arethetopicsimportanttoyou?Canyoureportandproduceatleastoneofthesestoriesintwo
weeks?

Crucialadvice
:Yourideasshouldbeasspecificandfocusedaspossible.Forexample,
insteadofproposingageneralideaforastoryonteenagemotherhoodbasedonInternet
reports,tellushowandwhereyouwouldfindarealteenmothertoprofile.Youmightalready
knowone,oryoumightlookupspecialprogramsthathelpteenmomsgetthroughhighschool
andlearnhowtocarefortheirchildren.

Anotherfocusedexample:YouwonthavethetimetowriteHowtheInternetis
changingtheworld.Instead,lookforlocalfarmersmarketsgoingonlinetogettheircropsto
specificcustomers,orteenswhostartonlinebusinesses.Forastoryonteenagetext
messaging,whowouldyouwriteaboutandhowwouldyoufindrealteenstointerview?
Storyideascountalot.WeemphasizethembecauseMosaicrequiresagenuineinterest
injournalism,gettingofftoafaststart,findingpeopletowriteaboutandinterviewingthemface
toface.Takeyourtime.Dosomeresearch.Beasthoroughaspossible.

Mailthisapplicationandothermaterials,postmarkednolaterthanMarch14,to:
SanJoseMercuryNews,MosaicSummerJournalismWorkshop,4N.2ndSt.Suite800,San
Jose,CA95113.Questions?ContactMosaicDirectorMarcosCabrera,
m.cabrerab12@gmail.com
orSharonNoguchi,
snoguchi@mercurynews.com
.

WehopetoidentifytheMosaic2016classbyApril2.