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Eastern Illinois University High School Journalism Camp

July 11 through July 16, 2021

Application deadline: June 15, 2021

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – The Eastern Illinois University High School Journalism Camp is a one-week residential workshop that provides students an intimate look at journalism as a career. The goal is to promote the journalism profession – and newspaper newsrooms – by sparking students' interest early. The camp introduces students to the complete process of publishing newspapers: gathering information, writing news, editing it, designing and producing newspapers. The week will culminate in the production of a camp newspaper.

INSTRUCTION – Throughout the week students will receive instruction and related exercises, including news-gathering field trips.  Professional journalists provide most of the instruction.  Dozens of reporters, editors, publishers, photographers and other journalists have taught in the program since 1993, representing more than 30 newspapers and news organizations throughout Illinois and from nearby states, including the Belleville News-Democrat, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Herald-News of Joliet, Citizen Newspapers of Chicago, Jet Magazine, National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Peoria Journal-Star, The News-Gazette in Champaign, the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette, Indianapolis Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), and the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. The week culminates in the production of a weekly newspaper.

FIELD TRIPS – For entertainment, as well as instruction, students will participate in several field trips that they will also cover. The specific field trips for the 2021 camp have not been chosen.

FUNDING – The bulk of funding is provided by the Illinois Press Foundation. All expenses (including housing, meals and tuition, as well as some travel costs if needed) are paid from these funds.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS – To be considered, students must complete an application form, which is available from the Journalism Department, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.  Other requirements are (1) completion of the sophomore year in high school by the beginning of the camp, (2) a 500-word essay by the student describing his/her career goals and how the camp would help the student achieve those goals; (3) submission of three samples of the student's writing, preferably published non-fiction or graded exercises; (4) two letters of recommendation from the student's teachers/advisers.  Final application deadline is June 15, 2021, but entries will be judged, and internship slots may be filled earlier, depending on the quality of applications.

NEED MORE INFORMATION? Call Betsy Jewell, camp director, 2021 EIU High School Journalism Camp, phone at 217.581.2812, fax to 217.581.2923 or e-mail:  Please use “EIU summer workshop” in your email subject line.

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