Media Now 2024

Intensely Fun Training for High School Journalism Students


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Join us July 7-10, 2025
An experience like no other.

Media Now at Drake University in Des Moines is where students and advisers choose a single-track to immerse themselves in the three-night, four-day overnight camp experience. Participate in hands-on projects and showcase them in a campus-wide awards ceremony to cap off our time together. It’s an awesome opportunity to deep dive into that area of interest and hone your skills. No matter what level you arrive with, we’ll push you, encourage and train you to move to the next.

We keep our class sizes small so each student gets maximum attention from the instructor, room to collaborate with their peers and space to apply what they're learning. After 14 years of Media Now, we are confident we have the right formula of learning and fun to make this a highlight experience for any student journalist or communications student.

Looking for year-round or on-demand training? We have that too.

Media Now Editor Training

Three sessions of training and tips throughout the school year for editors looking to grow as leaders and strengthen as a team.

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Media Now Online

This is our on-demand library of over 170 videos with supplemental assignments and worksheets designed to support the work happening in classrooms with additional easy-to-follow lessons and activities to build individuals and programs.

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Camp Details

Media Now at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa is where students and advisers choose a single-track to immerse themselves in the four days. Each camper comes out with a portfolio-ready project to show or start using in the school year ahead.

Need transportation?

We have you covered with a round-trip bus ride from St. Louis to Des Moines.

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Quick Facts


High School
Journalism Students (entering 9th - graduating 12th) and Advisers; staffs and individuals


Four-Day Overnight Camp
to Improve Your Journalism Skills in a Hands-on, Active Learning Environment; Field Trips and Fieldwork are topped with a ton of fun, prizes and t-shirts!

When & Where

Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa
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Monday – Thursday
July 7-10, 2025


Coming soon for 2025


I thought I knew how to write, but there's so much more to learn."

Emma Li

Advanced Writing

"I have attended this camp 5 times, and it has never disappointed me! The staff is the best in the country, it's fun, high energy, and refuels my fire every single time."

Stefani Russ

Adviser, Ray-Pec High School

If you are interested in Journalism, this camp gives you a real-life experience of what it is like to work in various areas of journalism."

Elyse Shaw

It’s a great camp that leaves plenty of room for work as well as play."

McKenna Hudson


Get Your All-Access Pass

Need training on-demand? We have over 170 videos ready for both advisers and students. Use them in your newsroom as supplemental materials or students can work through on their own. For 12-month access, purchase an individual course ($49/each) or gain access to all of our courses with the Media Now Newsroom Bundle ($199). You'll receive over 170 instructional videos, along with handouts and activities for select classes to use in your classroom.


If you're looking for the perfect amount of fun mixed in with upskilling your journalism experience, this is it. Field trips and hands-on practice with award-winning professional journalists and advisers are all in one space focused on moving you to the next level.