Press Pass Camp - Summer 2016

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Fri, 6/24/2016 - Fri, 7/1/2016
Please note: this event occurred in the past!

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to high school students.


No address has been specified



Parent Program(s):

  • College of Media




Content Area(s):


The College of Media's new Press Pass summer camp offers high school journalists and their sponsors the opportunity to learn the importance of multimedia storytelling within the journalism/media industry.

Taking place on the University of Illlinois Champaign-Urbana campus this dual track student/teacher program will provide learning seminars and break out application sessions over the camp's duration to offer practice of learned broadcast journalism skills as well as a special session that will cover pedagogical application.

Led by Professor Janice Collins, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and leader within her field, the camp will place a large emphasis on practicing skills related to online storytelling and more hands-on experience over lecture-style sessions.

Press Pass camps does accept students and their sponsors from other disciplines outside of journalism. 

Session Topics

  • What is Multimedia of the 21st Century?
  • How to Find a Story that Your Audience Will Be Interested In
  • How to Tell a Story that Your Audience Will Listen To
  • The Basic Components of Multimedia
  • Active Centralized Empowerment: Teaching Without Borders, A New Empowering Pedagogy for the 21st Century and Beyond

Break Out Sessions

  • News Gathering
  • Collecting Footage for Your News Break and Stories
  • Shooting and Reporting
  • Tell and Design
  • Telling and Designing the Story
  • Writing and Editing
  • Producing Your Stories
  • What Will Your Newsbreak Look Like?
  • Stacking Your Show
  • Synergy: Working Within a Collective
  • Collaboration in the Newsroom
  • Completion and Assessment
  • Going Live! Broadcasting Your Complete Vision


Students and sponsors who would like to attend Press Pass will need to complete an 2016 Press Pass Application and submit a $25 Application Fee.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in March 2016. All applications are due on or before May 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be provided by around the end of May.

Housing & Food

Students and sponsors will stay in a University residence hall. The residence halls are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with staff who are trained to work with high school students. The rooms are air-conditioned and come with all linens (pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket & towels). Three meals per day are provided in the residence hall cafeteria.


Partnership benefits include:

  • Helping high school students understand the sports media industry and the different facets and career opportunities that make it up
  • Providing scholarship opportunities for students who could not otherwise attend

Your $10,000 donation to the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising covers:

  • Faculty time to teach students
  • Scholarships for underprivileged students
  • Presentation materials

Counties Impacted:

University of Illinois
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