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High School Media Innovation Camp

The Cronkite School has cancelled summer high school camps summer due to the Covid-19 virus.

Students who already have submitted their applications to the three Cronkite Camp programs — Summer Journalism Institute, High School Media Innovation Camp and the Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp — will be given first review for program opportunities in 2021.

Questions may be directed to Anita Luera, director of high school outreach programs, at anita.luera@asu.edu.

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.

Camp Dates: late June 2021
Application Deadline: TBD
Notifications: TBD
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

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

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.

azcentral/Republic partnership
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. See examples of projects from last year's innovation camp students here.

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.

For questions, email CronkiteCamps@asu.edu.