Journalism Camp

Campers entering grades 9-12
July 22-25, 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • do the work of 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 Online Journalism camp for high school students provides working experience for students interested in online  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 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.


Register before May 18, 2018: $675

Register after May 18, 2018: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper, or campers attending more than one camp.