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Drake to host summer journalism camp for high school students

March 23, 2016

The Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a summer camp for high school students looking to take their digital media skills to the next level. Scheduled for July 6-9, Media Now Drake will provide intense training for the next generation of media professionals, with courses taught by some of the nation’s most talented teachers and journalists.

“The Drake SJMC has a history of very innovative and hands-on media education. Our students win tons of national awards,” said Kathleen Richardson, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  “This summer camp continues that tradition. We look forward to welcoming high school students to campus to explore the skills today’s media professionals need to succeed.”

The camp will offer the following courses:

  • Editorial Leadership, taught by Mitch Eden from Kirkwood, Mo., High School. This course will be offered in two sections, one for editors-in-chief and one for section editors. Participants in both sections will learn how to run a growing and changing digital newsroom.
  • Designing with InDesign, taught by multimedia professor Chris Snider of Drake University. Open to beginners and those with more experience, this course will teach students both the basics of InDesign and several more advanced skills.
  • Narrative Storytelling, taught by Ken Fuson, former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and The Des Moines Register. Geared toward writers who are comfortable with the foundations of journalism writing and are looking to expand their skillset, this class will focus on the power of narrative storytelling.
  • 21st Century Yearbook, taught by Sarah Nichols from Whitney High School in Rocklin, Calif. Open to students from yearbook programs of all sizes, this class will help students to take the next steps in successful yearbook production.
  • Leading the Digital Revolution, taught by Aaron Manfull from Francis Howell High School in Charles, Mo. This class will explore how to have a well-rounded online presence, from social media to web content.
  • Making Impactful Images, taught by Jarrin Williams from Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn. Students will receive hands-on training with their cameras, learning how to take great photos and gaining some instruction in Photoshop and sharing pictures on social media.

Registration is now open. In addition to a $100 housing fee for any students who wish to stay on campus during the camp, registration rates are as follows:

  • $285 Early Bird Registration (available through Friday, April 1)
  • $300 Regular Open Registration (Saturday, April 2 through Wednesday, June 1)
  • $325 Late Fee (After Wednesday, June 1)

Registration will close Friday, June 17.  Register at https://medianowdrake.com.

The camp will be held in conjunction with MediaNowSTL, which runs a similar camp in the St. Louis area each summer.