Journalism Camp

Campers entering grades 9-12
July 10-15, 2016

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Early bird fee ends June 24, 2016!

Register for Northern Illinois University's Journalism Camp if you'd like to:

  • do the work of real print and online reporters, editors, photographers and columnists
  • sharpen your writing and interpersonal skills
  • experience the latest in story-telling techniques via social media and web journalism
  • become a more sophisticated news consumer
  • meet students with similar interests

Northern Illinois University's Journalism camp for high school students provides working experience for students interested in online and print journalism. You will learn what it takes to be a working journalist by generating story ideas, assigning stories, reporting, writing stories, shooting photos, editing, writing headlines and laying out the stories in an in-camp newspaper and website. You also learn the responsibility of a free press in a democracy and will leave the camp a more sophisticated news consumer.

Camp Director: Shelley Hendricks is adviser of Northern Illinois University's student-run newspaper, the Northern Star. Before joining NIU in July, Shelley worked from 1996 to 2009 at the Rockford Registar Star, where she was a copy editor, assistant news editor, assistant business editor, community news editor, metro editor and editor of Rockford Woman magazine. Shelley was a copy editor at the Kane County Chronicle and was on the staff of The Spectator, the student-run newspaper at the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire.

Shelley has a bachelor of arts degree in political science with an English minor from the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire.

Summer Camp Fees: Residential campers $595 ($650 after June 24, 2016); returning LA&S Academic Summer campers, multiple campers from the same household, or NIU employees are eligible for an additional $25 discount on request.

For more information contact College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming: call (815) 753-5200 or email

Housing and Security
Campers will stay in an on-campus residence hall. Campers may request a roommate, however, if they have no preference, roommates will be assigned from the same camp, of the same gender, and of approximately the same age. Male and female counselors reside on the same floor as the campers in a ratio of at least one counselor for every 13 campers. Each room has two beds, two desks, and closet with drawer space, AC unit, microwave and mini fridge. Linens and pillows are NOT supplied. Students must bring their own pillows, sleeping bags, linens, towels, etc.

Security is tight in the residence hall at night, and keys are needed to gain access to room halls. The residence hall will be locked down at 11 p.m. Campers must not lose their keys. Replacement keys are billed to the parent/guardian at a cost of $10.00 per occurrence.