Summer Camps

Explore your interests through one of three options—broadcast journalism, digital journalism, or film-video — during hands-on camps for high school students.

The sessions — taught by full-time faculty members — can help participants gain and understanding of the professional and technical aspects of potential careers. Plus, the sessions give campers the chance to explore the Penn State campus and the top-ranked Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

July 7-12, 2019

  • ABOUT OUR SUMMER CAMP
    Each summer for nearly 20 years the Bellisario College has conducted summer camps for high-school-age students interested in communications-related fields. The sessions -- taught by full-time faculty members -- can help participants gain an understanding of the professional and technical and aspects of potential careers. Plus, the sessions give campers the chance to explore the Penn State campus and the top-ranked Bellisario College. The campus focus on three different options: broadcast journalism, digital journalism or film-video.

    ONLINE REGISTRATION
    Camper Application
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          APPLICATION DEADLINES
          -- Feb. 28, 2019, to be considered for a scholarship
          -- June 1, 2019, for all other applications

         COST
         $895, includes tuition, room and board

Broadcast Journalism Camp

Broadcast Journalism Camp student at work

Penn State's state-of-the-art television studio provides a home for campers who choose this option. Students will work in the same newsroom and studio used by award-winning Penn State students as they learn about TV news and sports productions. It's an opportunity to explore essential broadcast journalism skills, newsgathering techniques, storytelling and more.

The hands-on sessions led by full-time faculty and staff members will allow campers to produce their own news or sports video story from start to finish. Students will have an opportunity to record their video and interviews, as well as write and edit their story. 

They'll also gain insight into other areas of TV news/sports from experienced professionals who have worked in the TV industry for years. Along with faculty, students in the broadcast journalism major at Penn State will serve as counselors, providing an additional resource for those interested in the field. This camp is a good option for those students considering a career in either on-air or off-air television news and sports (including reporting, anchoring, producing and videography).

Camp website with samples of student work.

Digital Journalism Camp

Multimedia campers snap a selfieDigital camper at work on computerDigital journalism represents the future of storytelling. Campers will write, produce and edit content while working alongside seasoned journalists. Campers will develop essential storytelling skills using photography, video, writing and social media as well as emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and 360 video.

Campers will hone their production and writing skills. They'll also learn about interviewing, and practice that vital skill, while covering live events. They will also visit a working newsroom.

Sessions provide a focus on a variety of approaches and topics, including: arts and culture; photojournalism; social media; sports; and even weather-related news. Examples of previous camp events include: Central Pa. Festival of the Arts, covering live sporting events, interviewing an astronaut, and visiting the Penn State dairy farm.

No experience is necessary. You need only to want to learn. And you'll be able to do that while using professional cameras, including 360-degree cameras, as well as becoming proficient in Adobe Premiere, the industry standard software.

2013 Multimedia Journalism Camp

Camp website with samples of student work.

Film Camp

On a shoot with film campers

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. During the week on campus, campers will plan, shoot and screen three separate projects.

Along with that will come discussion and practice in shot grammar and story construction as well as hands-on camera training.

Campers will have the opportunity to:

  • pitch story ideas;
  • work with a small team to produce videos;
  • learn to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer, and/or editor; and
  • learn the basic techniques necessary to bring their creative vision to the screen.

The session led by industry professionals and experienced Penn State faculty includes a focus on lighting and scripting. Students also get the chance to work in state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including the dedicated film shooting space in the College of Communications and the green screen. 

Camp website with samples of student work.

Two scenes from 2013 film camp

Questions?

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