HS Media Workshop

This summer, top high school students from some of the top journalism, yearbook and media programs from around the state of Alabama will travel to Alabama State University to learn the latest tools for digital storytelling from “one of the nation’s boldest journalism experiments” (The New York Times). Working with the univeristy’s faculty, journalists in residents and partner journalists, you will:

  • Create content for a web-based publication
  • Hone your writing & photography skills
  • Improve your social media usage
  • Try your hand at radio & video
  • Work with professional editors & reporters

If you are a high school student interested in telling compelling stories through photo, video, audio, and the written word this camp is for you. You won’t spend your time cooped up in a classroom; you’ll get out into the community, practicing new skills with professionals guiding you. We’ll also have many fun activities (this is camp, after all).

In eight days, campers learn or improve their knowledge of, and skills in, DSLR cameras, Premiere, Photoshop, Audition, writing for the web and more. They interview real people to tell their story in a compelling multimedia format and publish the results.


When: June 8-15, 2019. Eight days, 7 nights. We will begin late Saturday afternoon on June 8 and dismiss on Saturday, June 15.

Where:  Alabama State University

Who should attend: Rising 11th-12th graders with an interest in journalism and digital media.

Costs: Many students will receive full scholarships to attend for FREE, thanks to CCJ’s grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The full cost of the camp is $595.

What’s included: Tuition, housing (in the new Mercer Lofts with private bedrooms), food, supplies, activities, use of the CCJ Digital Media Lab as well as use of CCJ cameras and audio equipment.

Application: The application for our 2019 camp can be found here.

Scholarship: Fill out the application above, then provide the following:

  • At least one recommendation letter. The letter should be from a publication advisor or professional with exposure to your relevant skills.
  • Optional: Samples of relevant work—for example, published newspaper clips, broadcast clips, apps you’ve built or programming samples. If work was part of a group project, clearly state what you did.

Email this material to ccj@mercer.edu, or mail it to: Center for Collaborative Journalism, Attn: Summer Camp, 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207.

What to bring: A great attitude and a strong work ethic; clothes and toiletries for eight days, including clothes appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities in the Georgia summer (a swimming pool is available). Optional: spending money for optional activities, snacks, etc.; an external hard drive. You are welcome to bring your own laptop and equipment; however, CCJ is not responsible for your belongings, and our production software is only available on lab computers.

Expectations: We and your classmates depend upon your full participation. You will need to attend (physically and mentally) all classes and sessions. Missing classes or showing up late repeatedly may result in your being dropped from the program. Complete your assignments on time and seek help when it’s needed. Journalists must meet deadlines; so must you. Be professional and respectful. Obey instructors, counselors and other staff; rules are there for the safety and benefit of you and your classmates. Failure to follow rules and exercise basic courtesy may result in your dismissal from the program. Have fun and learn.

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