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Summer Camps

Explore your interests through one of our hands-on camps for high school students.

Summer 2023 / July 9-14, 2023

Summer Camp Application

  • Application Deadline (for scholarship consideration): March 19, 2023
  • Overall Deadline: April 30, 2023
  • Cost: $1,100

Broadcast Journalism Camp

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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.

Campers will also gain insight into other areas of TV news/sports from experienced professionals who have worked in the 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 students considering a career in either on-air or off-air television news and sports (including reporting, anchoring, producing and videography).

2013 Multimedia Journalism Camp

Film Camp

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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 Bellisario College and the green screen.

Two scenes from 2013 film camp

Social Media and Content Creator Camp

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Social media platforms revolutionized the way we communicate and created environments for new businesses to emerge. Opportunities abound for the curious, driven and creative in these digital times of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. This camp features the dual focus of using social media to build a personal creator presence online and further a new business.

Campers will learn how to think about social media strategically for their own benefit and unlock digital solutions to help real clients. They’ll learn from instructors who launched their own business and content projects, and regularly break down the basics as educators. Campers will be guided through finding an idea and platform for their own content channel, building a brand in the process. Additionally, they’ll be joined with early-stage entrepreneurs supported by Penn State. The students will research and recommend solutions to these start-ups at Happy Valley LaunchBox, tapping into social media’s potential for reach and results.

Students will learn basics in photography, video and graphic design; understand the role data plays in digital strategy; and develop entrepreneurial thinking as engaged scholars. This camp introduces students to the practical, professional side of social media. By the end, campers will recognize the opportunities and meet the challenges posed by social media – they’ll be ready to flourish in this new age.


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