Summer Camps

Explore your interests through one of three options -- broadcast journalism, film-video or multimedia journalism -- during hands on camps for high school students. The College of Communications has been conducting summer camps for 15 years, and the sessions can help participants gain an understanding of the technical and professional aspects of potential careers. Plus, the sessions are led by full-time Penn State faculty members and give campers the chance to explore the Penn State campus as well as the top-ranked College of Communications.

All three sessions are scheduled July 12-17, 2015, on the University Park campus.

Registration opens in January. 

For more information, contact Stephanie Fuss
(, 814-865-1503)

Broadcast Journalism Camp

CCR studios on set

Penn State's state-of-the-are television studios provide a home for campers who choose this option. Students will work in the same spaces used by award-winning Penn State students as they learn about strong storytelling grounded in essential journalism skills, especially gathering the facts and interviewing.

The hands-on session led by full-time faculty members will allow students to put together a newscast from start to finish. Also, students will be able to focus on different types of stories while interviewing newsmakers form campus and the community.

CCR reporter on locationStudents will work behind the camera as producers and directors and also in front of the camera as reporters and anchors, getting a full sense of the responsibilities and work associated with broadcast journalism. 

Along with work in the studio, students will focus on writing and technical stills that will enhance their broadcast journalism efforts. Along with faculty members, students in the broadcast journalism major at Penn State will serve as counselors, providing an additional resrouce for those interested in the field.


Multimedia Journalism Camp

You’ll discover the secrets of interviewing, practice your writing skills and learn about photography and multimedia journalism -- the ways that journalists are telling stories in the 21st century.

Sessions provide a focus on a variety of approaches and topics, including: arts and culture, photojournalism, social media, sports and even weather-related news.

No experience is necessary. You need only to want to learn. And you’ll get to do so from award-winning journalists on the Penn State faculty. You’ll discuss the role and responsibilities of the news media, try your hand at covering news and sports stories, and write about issues, big and small.

Among the activities, you’ll visit Penn State’s state-of-the-art television newsroom and attend a State College Spikes minor league baseball game.

Camp website with samples of student work from 2014.

2013 Multimedia Journalism Camp

As a camp participant, you will:

  • develop writing skills for print and online media;
  • learn about the roles and responsibilities of the news media;
  • learn the secrets of interviewing;
  • learn about still and video photography; and
  • visit our all-digital, HD television station.

Film Camp

2013 Film Camp getting silly

Are you creative? Are you motivated? Are you interested in making movies?

If so, plan to attend the Penn State Camp for Filmmakers! This camp offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in film and video production. During the wee on campus, you can:

  • work with a small team to produce short videos;
  • learn to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer, and/or editor; and
  • learn the basic techniques necessary to bring your creative vision to the screen.

The Penn State Camp for Filmmakers offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in film production. During the week you will work with other high school students in small teams to produce short videos, and you will also write screenlays and learn about directing, acting, filming and editing. You can learn the basic techniques necessary to bring your creative vision to the screen. Don’t miss this opportunity to use the latest in digital cameras and editing technology and receive individual instruction from industry professionals and experienced Penn State faculty. 

Two scenes from 2013 film camp





Fees & Registration For All Sessions


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