Journalism is often called the art of explaining a community. But how can you explain a community if you are not a part of it?

Fourteen teenagers from Oklahoma and beyond have spent the past two weeks inside Gaylord Hall at the University of Oklahoma trying to learn what it takes to be a top-notch journalist.

The Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism just completed its second workshop. The students produced a newspaper called "The Red Dirt Journal" and along the way learned about fact-finding, interviewing, writing and ethics.

The Norman Transcript has been a sponsor of this program each of its two years of existence, providing funding, support and mentors for the students. It's a small but worthy effort attempting to develop a sense of excellence in the next generation of journalists.

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