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Top-performing high school students interested in journalism can receive hands-on training in broadcast and digital journalism at a two-week summer camp at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Summer Journalism Institute takes place June 3-15 at the Cronkite School on the Downtown Phoenix Campus of ASU. Applications are being accepted at https://cronkite.asu.edu/cronkite-summer-journalism-institute-application. The application deadline is March 17.
The program is free to participants, thanks to support from the Arizona Broadcasters Association and the Scripps Howard Foundation. Meals, training and housing in Taylor Place, the downtown campus residence hall, are included.
The SJI program emphasizes practical experience in reporting, writing and producing for digital and broadcast. Students get training from Cronkite faculty and media professionals and visit the newsrooms of local newspapers and radio and television stations. Those who chose a digital focus also learn professional uses of social media, podcasting and how to shoot and edit photos and video for the web. Those who chose a broadcast focus create news packages, write scripts and learn how to operate state-of-the-art studio equipment.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for high school students from around the state and even out of state to check out ASU Cronkite,” said Art Brooks, president and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association. “Over the two weeks, they will experience a sense of campus life in the dorms along with a great classroom opportunity at Cronkite from news industry leaders.”
The Summer Journalism Institute is led by Anita Luera, the Cronkite School’s director of high school journalism programs.
“Each year we work to make the reporting exercises relevant to what’s going on in our communities,” Luera said. “Last year, we had a legislative bill expanding high school student journalists’ rights go all the way through the Arizona Legislature only to be vetoed at the governor’s desk. The bill’s sponsor spoke with the students on how this bill would have helped the student journalists do their jobs.”
Students work out of the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art newsrooms, studios and labs and are mentored by Cronkite students, who serve as camp counselors.