2019 Innovation J-Camp

Innovation J-Camp July 8-12, 2019

Innovation J-Camp will be held July 8-12, 2019 in the Center for Innovation in Media at the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University.

The workshop will teach high school students to be innovative digital journalists, able to tell stories for multiple platforms including: video, web,  broadcast, mobile and print.

Registration cost is $150 for five-days of camp, lunches provided.

Participants will use the latest video, audio and mobile gear to produce a package of multimedia stories for posting on a website they will build during the camp. Canon USA is a sponsor of the camp and will provide the latest digital video cameras.

Each day students will learn about new digital platforms and will be given hands-on assignments to compliment classroom instruction. Students will spend the majority of their time in the field gathering stories and working with camp instructors to edit their stories into digital packages.

At the end of Innovation J-Camp each participant will post a video story, photo story and written story to a WordPress.com website they will build and learn to manage.

Multi-Platform Storytelling Daily Schedule

Day 1 – July 8

Introduction to camp

Reporting and writing a news story
– What’s news? What makes something news worthy?
– Interviewing – Asking the right questions
– Recording audio

– Returning J-Campers work with broadcast faculty in a television news track

Free Expression with Dean Ken Paulson

Hands-on reporting and podcast assignments

Day 2 – July 9

– Editing audio in Audacity
– Writing and recording your script
– Finish the masterpiece – how to close the circle on a story

-Television track works with broadcast faculty

– How to use a Canon DSLR camera
– Composing a picture
– Defining moments, telling a story through images
Hands-on assignment
– Editing photos using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop
– Edit a photo story for online publication

Day 3 and 4 – July 10-11

Video storytelling – shoot and edit video
– Video storytelling basics
– Interviewing for video and audio
– B-Roll – how to get the right shots for video
Hands-on assignment
– Editing video with Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (possibly iMovie)
– Edit a video story for online publication

-Television track works with broadcast faculty

Day 5 – July 12

Build a website and publish stories
– Basics of Adobe Spark
Hands-on assignment
– Build an Adobe Spark website and post story, photo story and video to your site

Workshop graduation

About J-Camp

J-Campers practice their interviewing skills.
Innovation J-Camp is a five-day workshop held at the Center for Innovation in Media in partnership with the College of Media and Entertainment.
Innovation J-Camp is perfect for high school students interested in telling stories for mobile, social, digital and video audiences. Students who will begin their freshman year in high school in the fall of 2019 are eligible for Innovation J-Camp.
The camp will be held July 8-12, 2019 at the Center for Innovation in Media at the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University. Cost of the camp is $150, lunches included.
Working on the J-Camp podcast in the studio.

The Center for Innovation in Media

The Center for Innovation in Media is home to all of MTSU’s student media.

The Center for Innovation in Media, better known around campus as, the CIM, is home to Middle Tennessee State University student media and a professional National Public Radio station.

The CIM houses Sidelines, an editorially independent daily digital and mobile news site and monthly printed newspaper, MT10 and MT10 News, a television station that produces five student newscasts each week and a variety of entertainment programming, WMTS 88.3 FM, a student run radio station with music, news and talk and Match Records, a student run record label that helps develop, record and promote signed musicians.

The Center is also the home of WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM, a professional NPR station playing Americana music, original roots music programs and news. WMOT is produced by professional radio staff and MTSU student staff and interns.

In addition to student and professional media, the CIM is a place of innovation and exploration in media. Through partnerships and creative teamwork the CIM helps create mobile apps, data visualizations, data bases, websites, video projects and other media.

The CIM is a part of the College of Media and Entertainment and is located on the first floor of the Bragg Mass Communication building.

Hoeppner, Val 08-2013

Val Hoeppner is the director of the CIM. Hoeppner has worked in digital, mobile and multi-platform journalism for more than 15 years. Hoeppner was multimedia director at the Indianapolis Star and later worked at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville as the director of education for the Diversity Institute. Hoeppner is also a well known media strategist and trainer, working with companies throughout the United States. She is an instructor for MTSU, the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Native American Journalism Fellowship, and APME News Train.

Hoeppner is the director of Innovation J-Camp and will be the lead instructor.

Register for Innovation J-Camp

Registration for the 2019 is now open!

Registration for Innovation J-Camp is $150 for five days of camp plus all lunches and snacks.