Communications camps offer hands-on opportunities

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students in ninth through 12th grade interested in filmmaking and journalism can get hands-on experience and work with full-time Penn State faculty members during annual summer camps conducted by the College of Communications in July.

The week-long camps -- one each for aspiring filmmakers and journalists, with both conducted July 7 to 11 -- utilize state-of-the-art facilities on the University Park campus.

Students in the journalism camp will cover timely stories using multimedia methods and technologies. They will discover the secrets of interviewing, practice writing skills and learn about photography, broadcast and multimedia journalism -- the ways journalists tell the best stories in the 21st century.

Campers will visit the high-definition television newsroom used by College of Communications students and embark on other field trips and visits to AccuWeather headquarters, the Central Pa. Festival of the Arts and a State College Spikes minor league baseball game.

Film-video students will put together films from start to finish during camp. Campers will learn skills necessary to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and/or editor.

They also use the latest digital camera and editing equipment, and receive individual instruction from industry professionals and experienced Penn State faculty. At the end of the week, students will showcase their films during the closing session.

No experience is necessary for either of the popular camps -- just an interest in filmmaking or journalism.

For complete information about the camps, including registration, fees and sample agendas, visit For regular updates, and to view photos and videos from previous summer camps, visit the Facebook site or follow the camps on Twitter.

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Last Updated March 28, 2013