Is there a story you want to tell? The Dallas Public Library, in partnership with The Dallas Morning News and with funding from the Knight Foundation, is seeking creative and inquisitive high school students to participate in a student journalism program, Storytellers Without Borders.

If selected to participate, you will be introduced to basic journalism and research skills necessary to write and share stories about the Dallas community that you think are important. This is an opportunity to work closely with mentors, such as professional journalists, librarians and city leaders, to develop and write stories, and take photos. The final news stories will be published on swbdallas.org.

Storytellers Without Borders starts September 26, 2018 and ends the week of November 14, 2018. This eight week program meets weekly at Dallas Public Library’s Central Library, 1515 Young St., on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm. Students attend once a week for eight weeks. Application is open to anyone in grades 9-12 who lives in the city of Dallas. The deadline to apply HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO midnight September 19, 2018. Please note that limited spots are available in this program. Filling out this application in full is the best way to earn a spot in this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Coordinator, Lauren Smart, at swbdallas@gmail.com.

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* 1. Student Contact Information

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* 2. Birthdate:

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We are asking Questions 3 and 4 to ensure we have diversity within the program.

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* 3. Gender

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* 4. Ethnicity

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* 5. Parent/Guardian Contact Information

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* 6. How did you hear about this program?

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* 7. How do you access news and information? (check all that apply)

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* 8. How often do you use the public library, either in person or online?

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* 9. How do you typically use the library? (check all that apply)

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* 10. Have you ever been enrolled in a journalism program before?

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* 11. Should you be accepted into the program what is your access to transportation? (This will not be used to determine your eligibility.) 

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* 12. Are you interested in additional workshops outside of the eight-week program such as a more in depth photojournalism workshop, resume/college prep workshop, etc.?

The writing questions below are to gauge your writing abilities and for us to be better able to match you with a mentor. Please take time to elaborate and check your spelling and grammar as this is a competitive program.

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* 13. Is there a story in your community you want to share with others or a person in your community you would like to meet? Why do you want to tell this story or meet this person? (200-300 words)

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* 14. Take a look at any news article on a major news organization (The Dallas Morning News, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, etc.) that interests you. What about it interests you? (e.g. Interesting subject matter, style of writing, photography, quotes, etc.) (200-300 words)

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* 15. What do you hope to get out of this journalism program? (150-250 words)

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