Media summer camp seeks high-school innovators

Students who are chosen for the High School Media Innovation Camp will stay on the Arizona State University Phoenix campus and will get to work with professors at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.(Photo: Richard Nilsen/The Republic)

The application process for the first ever High School Media Innovation Camp is now open.

Johana Restrepo , The Republic |

The camp will offer future journalists, game developers and other creative high-school students the chance to work with entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists and professors to create new ways of storytelling in the ever-changing media world. Participants will live on the Arizona State University downtown Phoenix campus June 18–30 and will get to experiment with 360-degree and virtual-reality technology, news games and news apps.

Campers will develop a project and pitch their idea to a panel of judges at the end of the two weeks. The winners will get an opportunity to continue to work with professionals at ASU, The Arizona Republic/ or the USA Today Network.

“It will be so much fun. They’ll get to try out new technologies, learn about new technologies and tools, and create something,” said Kristin Gilger, associate dean at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “We expect we’ll attract some students already interested in journalism, and maybe some students who never thought about journalism but like new technology and want to try out some new tools.”

The selection process will be competitive. Interested students should fill out an application and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or adviser familiar with the student’s creative abilities. A recent photograph and high-school transcript are also required. There is no age requirement to apply, but preference will be given to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The application deadline is March 24. Selected students will be notified by late April.

The Arizona Republic/ is sponsoring the camp in partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the USA Today Network.

Camp programming costs, food and housing will be covered by The Arizona Republic’s Media in Education program, which is funded by subscribers donating the value of their subscription during vacations or other temporary stoppages. The program is committed to providing education and opportunities to community youth. Students are responsible for covering incidentals. Cronkite student counselors will stay with the students in the residence hall and work with them throughout the program.

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