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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 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 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, 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 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 and in this interview

New Kid in School: I'm Movin' Out

As I sit here in this meeting, Billy Joel’s declaration continues to plow through my head… It seems such a waste of time - If that's what it's all about - Mama if that's movin' up - Then I'm movin' out - I'm movin' out….

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Why You Should Fight to go to NAB

Everyone giggles and gives me the “I see what you did there” look when I tell them that the week after our school’s spring break I go to Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters National Conference (NAB).

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The Real Deal on Broadcasting: Selecting the Right Internship vs. Bragging Rights

Your internship is the most important step you will take in college toward getting started on your dream career. The key to really making it work is selecting the right internship!

It's very easy when you start considering where to apply for an internship to immediately think about your favorite radio or television station. Sure it can be cool to tell your friends you "work" at the favorite radio station in town or the top TV station in the area. But is this really the place where you are going to get the most from doing an internship? There are a number of factors that play into the answer. Among them is the location of the station and whether there are any unions involved. It's important to make the right choice because you are going to be spending a lot of your time at your internship and probably are not going to be paid. (While you may not be taking home a paycheck you ARE being paid in experience which can be much more valuable in the long run.)Tammy01

It often happens that the bigger the location, the less you get to do. That's primarily because they have plenty of people working there and they are under pressure to get things done. So, you may end up doing a lot of watching rather than doing. The bigger stations often also have one or more unions that the employees work under. If that's the case, then only union workers can do the covered work. And again, it means you will be doing a lot of watching and not much doing.

Smaller stations or studios generally have smaller staffs and therefore rely on their interns to perform important tasks. And smaller companies are often not union so you don't have those restrictions holding you back. Often you can get more valuable hands-on exprience by doing an internship at a smaller company. Doing is always better than watching!

This doesn't mean you should avoid the bigger stations and studios. They very often have excellent internship programs. But to make sure that you will be getting what you want out of your internship it's important that you know what to expect before accepting a position. How do you find out? It's simple...ask!

During your interview, ask the person you are talking to exactly what you will be doing during your internship. From your resume they will already know about your skills and previous experience. Be bold! Let them know that you are anxious to put those skills to work and to learn more through your internship. It's hard to turn a qualified applicant down who basically is saying "I'm here and I want to work."

But what if they tell you that, because of whatever reason, interns there mostly just get to watch. Then you will need to make a decision. Are you OK with that? If you are, then that's fine. If you're not, you should be prepared to politely turn down the internship if it is offered to you. If the person asks why, be honest. Tell them you are looking for a more hands-on internship experience.

Because you may have to do a few interviews to find the right internship, make sure you know your school's deadlines for landing your internship and turning in whatever paperwork is required. And start early lining up those interviews. This is a big step and believe me, it's going to be fun!

Nervous about interviews? That's what we'll talk about next month in my article -A Great Interview is More than Just a Q-and-A.

TrujilloHeadshot 225Tammy Trujillo is both an entertainer and an educator. She began in the entertainment field as a child and since graduating from Cal State Fullerton, has continuously worked in the Los Angeles market as a News Anchor, Reporter, Sportscaster and Commercial Voice-Over Artist. Combining her real-world experience with a hands-on approach to learning, Tammy has also taught broadcasting for the past 25 years at many of Southern California's most prestigious private schools and colleges. She is currently the lead Professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College, as well as Director of its two award-winning campus radio stations. Throughout her career, she has received numerous honors for her work both on the air and behind-the-scenes, including several Golden Mike Awards from the Radio Television News Association. Tammy is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a former Board member of the Associated Press Television Radio Association, a Hall of Fame member at Long Beach City College, and a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

New Collegiate Majors Open Wider Doors

With digital storytelling and production majors on the rise, more students who would have pursued a journalism degree in college now roll the dice on a degree that some say allows more freedom and flexibility in both career options and storytelling styles.

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A Certificate Program in Media and Education

The CAS is designed for educators who want to learn more about visual storytelling—video, film, television, radio, music, and the nearly infinite incarnations of these forms in online media—both how to make visual stories for teaching impact and how to help students tell their stories. The program also features a signature critical thinking unit on how to understand, analyze, present, and reinvent media with educational purpose and impact.


Students in the program will expand their visual storytelling skills in order to find their expressive voice and style and/or better help their students with issues and ideas they care about. Because assumptions about education, identity, and difference are always visible in the media-making process, the program will also work with students on the assumptions they bring to the stories they tell.



The Media and Education experience is designed around the priorities, conveniences, and assets of practicing educators. We have built a program centered on your specific educational settings and needs. This is why this teaching- and learning-centered program principally takes place in your own educational settings.


The four-part program is built around the school year of most primary and secondary schools. (See sidebar for more information)

For more information, contact Program Director
Jeffery Mangram 




The Buzzer Has Sounded

In June 2016, when I submitted my first article in the Sports Production Machine to our editor, John Churchman, I had no idea what a ride I was in for.

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Halloween SFX Fun

A group of Rockdale Career Academy Film Institute students were exposed to the world of special effects makeup just in time for halloween. Eleven students worked with special effects aficionado, Clay Sayre, to create a variety of special effects looks. The students worked with liquid latex and a variety of paints to simulate injuries but the highlight of the day was the creation of a “walker.” Sayre worked to “base out” the mask and several students worked to create the look of the undead. Check out the video below for the recap and student reactions.

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