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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 an IG filter be a way to show people cool designs that represent your school, favorite sports team or community?

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.

For health and safety reasons related to the pandemic, this program is going virtual for the summer of 2021.

Camp Dates: June 21 - July 2, 2021
Application Deadline: April 23, at 5 p.m. AZ
Acceptance Notifications: Week of April 26
Location: Virtual

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.

Programming is generously provided by The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com.

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 Retha.Hill@asu.edu.