Fifty years ago, 21 D.C.-area high school students spent a week covering the nation’s capital and the Poor People’s March on Washington as part of an effort to change the face of American media.

The Dow Jones News Fund, American University, The Washington Post, The Washington Evening Star, the NAACP and Theta Sigma Chi sponsored the first Urban Journalism Workshop in July 1968 as the Kerner Commission Report was being published.

In the following decades, DJNF partnered with colleges, newspapers, broadcasters, nonprofit groups and journalists of color to help more than 13,000 students publish their reporting.

We are inviting alumni of DJNF-sponsored workshops to a panel and reunion, Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. during the convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.