Camp Cronkite 2023

Camp Cronkite

High schoolers get a head start at #CampCronkite!

Camp Cronkite, our summer enrichment media camp, allows high school students to dive head-first into media right here at the Cronkite School. By day, Cronkite faculty, staff and student guides lead campers in hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art building on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus; then, campers retreat across the street to Gordon Commons, our residential hall, for supervised R&R.

Camp Cronkite is where high school students from across the country come to grow their media skills—and get a taste of college life! Campers leave with real media skills and work to bolster (or kickstart!) their professional portfolios. Students are immersed in a variety of topics and skills within journalism and mass communication including digital journalism, broadcast journalism, sports journalism, digital marketing and so much more. At Camp Cronkite, students learn new approaches and get hands-on experience across a variety of media techniques. With tons of opportunities to grow one’s knowledge and skills, you will not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Questions? Reach out to our camp team at

Camp Cronkite, nuestro campamento multimedia de enriquecimiento de verano, permite a los estudiantes de secundaria primera fila en medios de comunicación en la escuela Cronkite. Durante el día, profesores de Cronkite, personal y consejeros estudiantiles dirigen a los participantes en experiencias prácticas de aprendizaje en nuestro edificio equipado con lo mejor en la industria ubicado en el ASU campus del centro de Phoenix. Los participantes se retiran al otro lado de la calle a Gordon Commons, nuestro dormitorio residencial, para descanso y relajación bajo supervisión.

Camp Cronkite es el lugar donde estudiantes de secundaria de todo el país vienen a desarrollar sus habilidades mediáticas y a probar la vida universitaria. Los estudiantes están inmersos en una variedad de temas y habilidades dentro del periodismo y la comunicación de masas, incluido el periodismo digital, el periodismo televisivo, el periodismo deportivo, publicidad digital y mucho más. En Camp Cronkite, los estudiantes aprenden nuevos enfoques y obtienen experiencia práctica en una variedad de técnicas de medios. Con toneladas de oportunidades para desarrollar sus conocimientos y habilidades, ¡no querrá perderse esta experiencia única!

¿Preguntas? Comuníquese con nuestro equipo de campamento aquí.

Camp Cronkite 2024

Students will attend core sessions centered around visual, narrative and audio storytelling.  Campers will then choose their own Camp Cronkite adventure by selecting their preferred elective sessions from topics like:

  • Sports photography
  • Graphic motions
  • Newsrooms tour
  • And much more! 

Los estudiantes asistirán a sesiones básicas centradas en la narración visual, escrita y de audio. Luego, los campistas elegirán su propia aventura en Camp Cronkite seleccionando sus sesiones electivas preferidas entre temas como:

  • Fotografía deportiva
  • Movimientos gráficos
  • Recorrido por las salas de redacción
  • ¡Y mucho más!

What you should know

Every day of Camp Cronkite is jam-packed with exciting sessions and activities. For example, a day at Camp Cronkite might look like:

8:00 am: Breakfast buffet in the Gordon Commons dining hall

9:00 am: All-camp morning meeting

9:15 am: Community challenge (team building exercises)

10:00 am: Core session – Audio collection

11:00 am: Core session  – Portfolio and personal branding session

12:00 pm: Lunch buffet

1:00 pm: Core session – Narrative writing and reporting

2:00 pm: Elective session – Vocal delivery

2:45 pm: Snack break

3:00 pm: Elective session – Sports photography

4:00 pm: Down time in Gordon Commons

5:00 pm: Dinner buffet 

6:00 pm: Walk to the Mercury game at Footprint Center

9:00 pm: Campers arrive back at Gordon Commons

10:00 pm: Lights out

Camp Cronkite is created for current high school students of all grades. Rising freshmen and other current middle schoolers are not eligible to apply just yet (we look forward to receiving their application for a future Camp Cronkite).

The cost of Camp Cronkite includes all instruction, activities, meals, housing, camp T-shirt, technology access and supervision.

Yes! Several scholarships based on financial need are available for campers. Please complete the financial need information within the camp application to be considered for a Camp Cronkite scholarship to help with the cost of the camp rate. Applicants offered a scholarship will be informed at the time of camp selection notification. If selected for a camp scholarship, the travel costs associated with getting to the camp will be the sole responsibility of the camper.

All applicants for Camp Cronkite will receive an email by May 1 to the email address entered in the first page of the application notifying them of their selection status. Do not plan to receive a notification prior to this date. Application notification statuses can be: selected to participate, waitlisted, or not selected.

Campers sleep in ASU’s Gordon Commons residential hall, located next to the Cronkite Building on the university’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The address of Gordon Commons is 120 E. Taylor St. Each camper will share their room with another camper.

Campers eat most of their meals at the Gordon Commons Restaurant, a student dining hall with a variety of healthy options in an all-you-care-to-eat buffet setting. View sample Gordon Commons menus here.

We are able to accommodate some dietary restrictions (e.g. dairy-free) and special diets (e.g. vegetarians). Campers are responsible for advocating for their own dietary needs while at camp. Be sure to note dietary needs in your Camp Cronkite application.

  • Your own linens and pillows- twin XL size. You might want to bring an extra blanket for your bed as well.
  • A bath towel, your clothing and any personal items you might need, such as hair dryers, hair styling tools and irons are not supplied.
  • Toiletries (e.g. toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, personal hygiene products) and something to carry your toiletries in. 
  • Camera ready outfit (slacks, button down shirt, polo, dress, skirt, blouse, blazer)
  • Hat, reusable water bottle, and sunscreen – those UV rays are strong!
  • Any phone or electronics charging cables.
  • Shoes that are comfortable for walking. 
  • A laptop is not necessary, we’ll provide access to computerized classrooms and technology.

Camp Cronkite is coordinated by Cronkite staff and led by Cronkite faculty. Current ASU students serve as camp guides who report to Cronkite faculty and serve as mentors and supervisors, just as ASU resident assistants nurture current college students in the residential hall.

For questions about Camp Cronkite, contact the Cronkite staff at

Parents, guardians and other caregivers may communicate with campers on the campers’ own devices, but remember: Cronkite campers are busy! Staff will communicate directly with guardians in case of emergency, and will send an update via email showing what campers are up to.

Camp Cronkite staff and counselors may not administer medication. Campers who bring medication must adhere to University Housing Policies concerning medication use.

Campers may arrive at the Cronkite Building by car or public transportation. Out-of-state campers traveling by plane should plan to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport; Lyft, Uber and Valley Metro Rail are easily accessible from airport.

Applications are carefully considered, taking into account students’ academic performance and media interest. Because of the immense applications we receive each year, the academic school year of the student is sometimes prioritized with current high school juniors. If an applicant receives a notification that they are not selected for the camp it is most likely due to the competitive nature of the selection process. We are unable to provide feedback about individual applications. 

We’re so happy you’re excited about Camp Cronkite! Once your application is submitted and you receive a confirmation email about the submission, there are no other additional steps. By the notification date you’ll learn your application status. If you’re selected, you’ll receive information to confirm your spot for the camp.

This camp is created for high school students. We recommend teachers and advisers contact journalism associations, such as JEA (Journalism Education Association), STN (Student Television Network), PBS SRL (Student Reporting Labs) and other associations.

Camp Details

$699 per camper (need-based scholarships available, read the “What you should know” section)

The Camp Cronkite 2025 application will become available in January 2025. To stay up to date about Camp Cronkite, fill out our interest form