Following a several-year absence, award-winning journalism educator T. Andrew Wahl is returning – via Zoom – to teach at the Washington Journalism Education Association’s Summer J-Camp Aug. 1-4.
“I was honored to be asked to head up the Journalistic Storytelling track,” said Wahl, who also serves as tenured faculty with Everett Community College Communication: Journalism & Media program. “As any of my students would tell you, storytelling is the absolute foundation of my approach to journalism.”
Wahl last taught at WJEA’s Summer J-Camp in the early 2000s. In recent years, he’s offered sessions at the organization’s fall J-Day event at the University of Washington. The virtual nature of this year’s J-Camp opened the door for his return to the summer program.
“I know many people are tired of Zoom,” said Wahl. “But the virtual format does create new options for people with other travel commitments, particularly during the summer. I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of new faces during these sessions.”
Wahl, a former SPJ Western Washington Journalism Educator of the Year, says he is working to make sure the Journalistic Storytelling is engaging, with interactive activities and guest speakers as part of the mix. The goal is for students to leave with some introductory tools and a better sense of “what the power of storytelling can do.”
WJEA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting scholastic journalism in Washington state. Its mission aligns nicely with Off the Wahl Productions’ emphasis on providing training for the next generation of journalistic storytellers.
More information, visit WJEA’s Summer J-Camp information packet.