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High School Media Innovation Camp

High School Media Innovation Camp Details

 How would you make news more interactive? Could games help people understand complex issues faster? Would an Augmented Reality experience similar to Pokemon Go be a way to show people cool things to do over the summer? The 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 augmented and virtual reality technologies, news games and apps. Cronkite High School Media Innovation Camp is for students interested in delivering journalism in creative, highly digital ways.

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Camp Dates: June 16-28, 2019

Application Deadline:  March 8, 2019

Costs: Programming, food and housing paid for by The Arizona Republic's Media in Education program

Location: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Residence: ASU Taylor Place, 120 E. Taylor St., Phoenix

 In partnership with The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com and the USA Today Network, the highly interactive residential summer camp pairs high school students with entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists and professors to create compelling content for digital audiences.

Content includes:

  • Building a basic AR app
  • Learning how to use the Unity game engine to create interactive content, including games
  • Working with virtual reality tools to build immersive experiences

Students will prototype an application and get feedback from professionals from USA Today Network.

The camp is free to selected participants. Students provide only their transportation to and from the camp.

Housing, food and programming are provided by The Arizona Republic's Media in Education program, which is funded by subscribers who donate the value of their subscription during vacations or other temporary stoppages. Students will be based at the state-of-the-art Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus and will have access to the latest digital equipment. Students are housed in a residence hall just steps from the Cronkite building and are supervised by Cronkite faculty and student leaders.

The camp is open to high school students throughout the state of Arizona who have completed at least their sophomore year by the time the program starts, and have a strong interest in developing digital journalistic content. Students must complete an application form and provide a transcript and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or adviser. All materials may be submitted online.

See examples of projects from last year's innovation camp students here.

For more information, contact Anita Luera, director of the Cronkite High School Journalism Institute, at 602.496.5477 or anita.luera@asu.edu.