Summer Camps

Explore your interest in journalism, film or TV news at the Penn State Communications Camps. These hands-on camps for high school students -- which have been conducted for 15 and 11 years, respectively -- can help participants gain an understanding of the technical and professional aspects of a career in film or journalism.

Both sessions are scheduled July 6-10, 2014, on the University Park campus.

Camp website with samples of student work.

Multimedia Journalism Camp

You’ll discover the secrets of interviewing, practice your writing skills, and learn about photography and multimedia journalism -- the new 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, broadcast journalism, 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.

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
  • visit our all-digital, HD television station

Broadcast journalism on the Centre County Report set

Fees & Registration

The residential fee is $745 and covers instruction, housing, food, and all program materials. The fee may be paid by check, money order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA.

To register and for more information: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/communications-camps/

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. Over four action-packed days, 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. Over four days you will work with other high school students in small teams to produce short videos; tasks include writing screenplays, 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

The residential fee is $745 and covers instruction, housing, food, and all program materials. The fee may be paid by check, money order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA.

To register and for more information: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/communications-camps/

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