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TCU High School Journalism Workshop

The Student News Site of Texas Christian University

TCU High School Journalism Workshop

The Student News Site of Texas Christian University

TCU High School Journalism Workshop

An inside look at J-Camp 2019

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For two weeks, a group of 13 high school students from around the country participated in the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp, a workshop whose goal is to introduce high schoolers to the skill set required for modern journalism.

Held from June 9 to June 22, students were exposed to skills like reporting, interviewing, writing, filming and editing.

Jean Marie Brown, a professor at TCU and the camp director, said the intent of the camp was to prepare students to be 21st century journalists.

“I want them to leave here with a new level of confidence, a broader understanding of what they’re looking for,” Brown said. “I hope that this gives you a sense of what that skill set requires.”

Incorporating programs such as Instagram and Adobe Spark, students gained a broader understanding of the digital elements that can be used in journalism moving forward.

“[The camp is] also to get you to think differently about some of the things you take for granted, like Instagram, now you’re thinking about it as a journalist,” Brown said.

Students collaborated in groups covering events on TCU’s campus to practice executing the skills taught in faculty-led classes.

As part of the two-week experience, students resided on campus at Foster Hall, ate meals at Market Square in the Brown-Lupton University Union, and used the University Recreation Center.

The campers managed to create connections that encouraged teamwork and socialization while at the workshop.

Kameron Sanders, a rising junior and returning camp attendee from Fort Worth, said the camp made him more outgoing.

“Last year when I came in, I didn’t like talking to people,”Sanders said. “[Now] I’ve become more open and willing to get to know people and willing to make new friends.”

Kit Blouin, a rising senior and first-time camper from Scottsdale, Arizona, said that the camp emphasized proper communication and professional interactions in a workplace environment.

“It’s a lot about responsibility and maturity that comes with working together in these groups and work towards a communal goal,” Blouin said.

For more information about the camp and the work produced by the students, click here.

 

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