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Camp at Cronkite

High schoolers get a head start at #CampCronkite!

Camp Cronkite, our summer enrichment media camp, allows high schoolers to dive head-first into media right here at the Cronkite School. By day, Cronkite faculty, staff and student counselors 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. Review the details and apply below!

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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. 

¿Preguntas? Comuníquese con nuestro equipo de campamento aquí.

Camp Cronkite 2023

Camp Cronkite is where high schoolers from across the country come to grow their media skills—and get a taste of college! Students leave with real media skills and work to bolster (or kickstart!) their professional portfolios. Students choose their own Camp Cronkite adventure by selecting one of the following tracks:

  • digital journalism (focuses on writing, photography, graphics and multimedia journalism)
  • broadcast journalism (focuses on video, TV, audio and immersive journalism)
  • sports media (focuses on sports journalism and team storytelling)

At Camp Cronkite, students learn approaches to reporting, pitching, storytelling and editing, and get hands-on experience across a variety of media techniques—video editing, photography, reporting and writing, script development, AR/VR media and more.

What you should know

A day at Camp Cronkite might look like:

7:00 a.m.: Rise

7:30 a.m.: Camp breakfast buffet in the Taylor Place dining hall

8:30 a.m.: Morning welcome

9:00 a.m.: Podcasting session: Audio collection

11:00 a.m.: Portfolio and personal branding session

12:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Cronkite School

1 p.m.: Podcasting session: Audio editing

3 p.m.: Feedback session

4:00 p.m.: Break / free time

5:00 p.m.: Dinner buffet in the Taylor Place dining hall

6:00 p.m.: Walk to the Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field

9:00 p.m.: Campers arrive back home at Taylor Place

10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Camp Cronkite is created for current high school students of all grades. Rising freshmen are not eligible to apply just yet (we look forward to receiving their application for 2024 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 (below) to be considered for a Camp Cronkite scholarship.

Applicants selected for Camp Cronkite will be notified by May 5, 2023. Notifications will not be sent prior to this date, even if the applicant applied by the early bird deadline.

Applicants that submitted a completed application by the early bird deadline of January 31, 2023 will have a reduced camp rate. If an early bird applicant is selected for the camp, they’ll receive information to confirm their spot for the camp by May 5, 2023.

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 Taylor Place Restaurant, a student dining hall with a variety of healthy options. View sample Taylor Place menus here.

We are able to accommodate some dietary restrictions (e.g. dairy-free) and special diets (e.g. vegetarians), though 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 counselors who report to Cronkite faculty and serve as mentors and supervisors, just as a resident assistant would nurture college students in the residential hall.

For questions about Camp Cronkite, contact Joanna Alvillar, high school programs coordinator.

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 regular updates 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.

We’re so happy you’re excited about Camp Cronkite! Once your application is submitted there are no other additional steps, except to wait for the notification date (May 5, 2023) to learn if you were selected for the camp. 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

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Application opens in January