School to Host National Summer Journalism Camp for High School Students

Registration Now Open for Media Now Mizzou, June 23 to 26, 2017.

Update May 3: Regular registration is open until June 1. Students can sign up to attend Media Now Mizzou at the regular registration rate of $350. Registering early helps ensure students get their first choice course when possible. Housing can be added for an additional $100. Transportation is available from both Kansas City and St. Louis to Columbia for a $35 bus transportation fee. Publication advisers don’t have to attend with their students. Those who do participate can take the advising course or take any other class that meets their professional goals. If five students from one school attend, the registration fee for their adviser is only $65. For more information, see:

Registration for ‘Media Now Mizzou’ Is Open

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 27, 2017) — An intense, hands-on media experience for high school students and advisers across the country will be offered June 23 to 26 at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. Registration is now open.

Media Now Mizzou couples professional journalists with top scholastic and collegiate instructors to provide training in the key areas of writing, design, photography, Web development, leadership, branding, social media and video.

“We are excited to create this unique opportunity for young journalists to collaborate, grow and experiment with today’s media tools,” said David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Students will learn how to navigate today’s media landscape, increase reader engagement and polish their storytelling skills using the digital media tools available to them right now. Class sizes are intentionally kept small to ensure that each student gets the attention they need with course options ranging from something as classic as photography to shooting, editing and publishing a story on a mobile phone.

Each student will leave with at least one project in hand, along with planning elements to use in organizing their newsroom, building their portfolio, increasing audience engagement and collaborating with fellow staff members.

Aaron Manfull, Media Now director and JEA Digital Media chair.
Aaron Manfull, Media Now director and JEA Digital Media chair.
Sarah Nichols, vice president of the National Journalism Education Association.
Sarah Nichols, vice president of the national Journalism Education Association.

“The hands-on experience is tailored at every stage for the high school journalist,” said Sarah Nichols, adviser of Whitney High School, California, and vice president of the national Journalism Education Association. “The instruction is fresh and relevant.”

Instructors will come from across the country, including newsrooms of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Virginian-Pilot, the Dallas Business Journal and Fox 2 News in St. Louis.

Students who participate in Media Now are hungry for this type of instruction and thrive on opportunities to be better storytellers, according to Aaron Manfull, Media Now director and JEA Digital Media chair.

“Now, more than ever, we need to encourage and train our students to seek and uphold the role of journalism in a democratic society,” he said.

Now in its seventh summer, the four-day digital media bootcamp is offered on two campuses. Along with the University of Missouri, Media Now is also on the campus Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Registration is open for Media Now Mizzou, June 23 to 26, and Media Now Drake, July 9 to 12 . Information about the camp, including early bird pricing, overnight housing options, scholarship opportunities and a schedule can be found online at MediaNow.Press. For the latest happenings and promotional offerings, connect on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat (@MediaNowBuzz) and Facebook.

Updated: October 13, 2020

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