May 15, 2013

Slots remain available for TV News Camp

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- High school students have the opportunity next month to learn about broadcast journalism and hone their skills during the seventh annual TV News Camp at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Slots are still available for the camp, which is open to high school students.

The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts will host the residential camp, June 16-21.  The program gives students a basic look into television and radio news operations, including field reporting, news writing, shooting and editing video, and then presenting their stories during live-to-tape newscasts.

The registration fee is $90 before June 1 and $110 after that.  Registration is available online at under the TV News Camp in the academic camp section.  Information is also available by phone at 618/536-7751. 

Students learn every facet of a newsgathering operation, including broadcast writing, producing, performance, video journalism, editing and field reporting.  Students will cover a real news story, conduct interviews, operate cameras and microphones, and then write the story and edit the video and sound.

The camp is limited to 15 participants.  The registration fee includes lodging, all meals and materials.  Housing is in Schneider Hall, an air conditioned, supervised residence hall.

The camp experience also has prompted several former participants to enroll in SIU Carbondale’s nationally recognized radio, television, and digital media program.  The River Region Evening Edition News earned first place for Outstanding TV Newscast in the recent Illinois News Broadcasters Association SINBA competition, and also first place in the 2012 Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards.