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The Hussman School of Journalism and Media is home to the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media, launched as a college preparatory program for diverse high school students. Each year this workshop brings 12 rising high school seniors to Chapel Hill, representing varying diversity, including but not limited to religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, sexual orientation and gender. The workshop, inspired by UNC Professor Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Stone’s lifelong commitment to increase the voices of diversity in all areas of communication, is a centerpiece in our recruitment efforts and will be the centerpiece of the Chuck Stone Conference on race, equity and inclusion.

What began as a weeklong writing course for rising high school seniors has expanded its scope by helping students navigate the journalism industry. Chuck Stone has now become a top multiple-platform storytelling workshop for students with critical follow-on mentoring and career prep support throughout undergraduate studies and beyond.

Livis Freeman, assistant professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, directs the program in cooperation with the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA).

For more information, contact the Chuck Stone Program at chuckstoneprogram@unc.edu or (919) 966-9404.