Two Great Summer Camps for Journalists

Summer is upon us, which means warmer weather, time in the pool, maybe a vacation or two and oh, I can’t forget, the end of the school year—meaning for some, it is three months away from your journalism program. Luckily for you, it doesn't have to be that way. From coast to coast, School Video News has two extraordinary journalism camps to share with you that will help you stay engaged with your craft all year long.

Ohio University, Scripps School

For our East Coast readers, Ohio University is the place for you. Each summer, the Scripps school opens its doors to journalism and communication students from all across the map, but act fast as your deadline to apply is approaching on June 1! The workshop will include faculty from the School of Journalism, the School of Visual Communication and the staff from WOUB, as well as several visiting professionals (one being an executive producer of The Today Show—yes, you read that right). No need to worry if traditional journalism is not your strong suit, they also offers separate sections of the camp for magazine wiring, photography, sports and more. On top of all of this, you receive the chance to earn college credit, early admission opportunities and even full-ride scholarships for those of you who fall in love with the charming small-town of Athens and all this school has to offer.

Registration is now open until June 1, 2018 at noon EST.

Every summer since 1946, the school has offered high school students and teachers the opportunity to interact with our faculty and professional journalists while learning the latest techniques for doing journalism in a school setting. Mark your calendar to attend the 2017 High School Journalism Workshop!

Ohio University's 2018 High School Journalism Workshop will include:
• Opportunities to experience the latest journalism techniques
• Diversity scholarships that cover up to 100 percent of the cost of the workshop for students*
• An opportunity to spend time on Ohio University's historic Athens campus
• And the chance to earn college credit!

Advisers will:
• Attend track sessions
• Collaborate with students and other advisers to produce content, if they wish to
• Meet in an advisers-only session with Scripps School Director Bob Stewart

When registering, students will be able to rank order the track choices. Every effort is made to accommodate those choices. The 2018 workshop fee will be $300, which includes room and board for the program, attendance at the sessions, and all materials. Discounted rates are available for students and advisers who commute. There are no additional university fees for the optional one hour of credit, although students seeking credit must complete an additional application form.

Preliminary Information for the 2018 Workshop:

Students will stay in a campus dormitory, eat in university dining facilities, and interact with faculty, graduate students, media professionals, and current undergraduate students. The dorms and all activities are supervised. Workshop and dorm check-in will be noon-2:00 p.m. Wednesday (July 11), with the opening assembly scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Workshop sessions and converged newsroom activities run until 10 p.m. each night. The workshop ends Saturday, July 14, following a closing assembly. Dorm check-out is at 2 p.m.

For those traveling long distances, dorm rooms are available Tuesday evening (July 10) for an additional fee. Check-in time for early arrivers is 6-8:00 p.m. For any questions, please contact Robert Stewart, workshop director, at 740/593-2601, or by email at .

* Diversity scholarships are available to students through support from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Arizona State University: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

I may be a little bit biased as a Cronkite Student, but I cannot imagine ANY Arizona students passing up the opportunity to attend this summer camp at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. First of all, it’s FREE. Yes, free.Camp01 As in attending the #1 journalism school in the entire nation for zero dollars. Second, you get everything I mentioned above, but with a roof top pool and palm trees. Again. I am slightly biased. But really, this High School Media Innovation Camp at the Cronkite School offers future journalists, game developers and other students interested in media and technology the chance to experiment with cutting-edge tools, including 360-degree and virtual-reality technology, news games and apps—all while partnering with leading professionals from both ASU and USA Today. If you miss this years deadline, there is always next year, and I can promise you won’t want to miss this.

The High School Media Innovation Camp, sponsored by azcentral.com and ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is now accepting applications for summer 2018.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 6. Students will be selected on a competitive basis and notified on or before April 16 for the camp, which runs June 17-29.

Open to aspiring journalists, game developers and other creative high school students, the free, two-week camp allows students to learn about and try out new technologies.

“We are pleased to once again support this effort to nurture the next generation of journalists. We can’t predict the ways news will be delivered in the future, but the role of a free press in democracy will be as important as ever.” Nicole Carroll, editor and vice president of news for The Republic and azcentral.com. They’ll work alongside journalists, professors and more as they dive into new forms of storytelling in a digital media world.

Campers will have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals at ASU, azcentral.com and USA Today Network.

Participants will get to live on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. They’ll have the chance to experiment with 360-degree video, games and new apps.

There’s no age requirement to apply, but preference will be given to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

To apply, click here to fill out the online application form. Applicants also need a letter of recommendation from a teacher or adviser, a photo and a high school transcript.

The Media in Education fund of The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com cover camp programming costs, food and housing. Media in Education funds are generated by subscribers who donate the value of their subscription during vacations or other temporary stoppages. Donations to the Media in Education fund can be made by texting "JOURNALISM" to 51-555 or by clicking here.

Students are responsible for covering incidentals. Cronkite student counselors will stay with the students in the residence hall and work with them throughout the program.

Hopefully one of these options is enough to keep you busy, engaged and inspired all summer long. And who knows, you just might find your after-high-school-home along with the way.


Jamie Reporter01A recent graduate of Hoover HIgh School, North Canton, Ohio, Jamie Landers is entrenched in her first year at the Cronkite School of Journalism. In addition, she is a Special Events Producer for School Video News and has anchored many of our events including the annual Ohio Education Technology Conference broadcasts and the Student Production Awards of the Ohio Valley National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

While at Hoover High School, she was involved in her school’s broadcast class, HVTV News, produced and hosted “Up to Date,” a TV11 show that stepped away from the school and community to focus on breaking down national headlines.

Her time permitting, we hope to follow Jamie's journey through Cronkite and share her experiences with other aspiring broadcast journalists.

You can learn more about Jamie Landers at jamielanderslive.com and in this interview https://vimeo.com/212493726