What to Bring for Classes

Check the list below for the suggested equipment by each class. If you don’t have everything you need, not to worry. This is a suggested list from your instructors. Instructors may also email you in the weeks ahead of camp with more specifics. They like to hit the ground running, so be on your A-game and respond to their questions in a timely fashion – even if you’re sitting poolside waiting for camp to arrive.


  •   Camera (with batteries or charger; point-and-shoot or smartphone work for this)
  •   Cord to the camera to connect to the computer or memory card reader
  •   A few issues of your paper from the past year
  •   Something (paper, laptop, iPad) to take notes on
  •   Jump drive, Google Drive or Dropbox account, something to save projects to

Editorial Leadership

  • A recording device to take notes with (batteries/charger)
  • A method of taking notes, and recording ideas: laptop, iPad, notebook paper/pen. It’s recommended that it be electronic so it can be shared via Google Docs later, but isn’t required. You can use your phone and apps for this if needed.
  • If you have them, please bring a copy of publication, copy of staff manual and copy of staff policies.

Motion Graphics

  • A laptop that can run Adobe programs (if you have one)
  • Adobe After Effects (if you have Adobe programs)
  • Logos from your school/journalism program


  • Camera (with charger and/or batteries)
  • Tripod (if you have one, not necessary)
  • Flash (if you have one)
  • Cables for camera (USB, firewire to upload images to computer, etc.)
  • Card reader for your specific camera card to upload to computer
  • Additional lenses (if available, not required)
  • Note-taking device (laptop, iPad, paper/pen)
  • Recording device (can be phone)
  • USB Thumb Drive is ideal (or something like Google Drive or a Dropbox account to save and move files)

Video Storytelling & Editing

  • Camera (WITH charger and extra batteries if possible)
  • Tripod
  • Media for camera (e.g.-miniDV tape, SD card, etc.)
  • Card reader for media
  • Microphone for camera
  • Laptop (if you have one)
  • Editing software loaded on said laptops (if possible)
  • Headphones
  • Cables for your camera (i.e. – firewire, USB cables, etc.)
  • If you’re going to shoot on your iPhone, bring your connector cable, too.
  • Paper/Pen, iPad, laptop or something to take notes on

Writing (Advanced, Essentials, Sports Journalism)

  • Something to write/take notes on
  • Smartphone/Device for note taking, recording interviews, social media, etc.
  • Recording device (can be your smartphone)
  • Camera (can be your smartphone) and bring the cord to upload with
  • Logins for their social media accounts
  • Suggested but not required: A laptop computer. You will be in a lab, but if you have a laptop you can bring and work from, please do.


  • Copy of your most recent yearbook
  • Note-taking materials
  • Passwords and account access to staff social media accounts
  • Work in progress (theme, design plans and any type of inspirations or idea file)
  • Access to Dropbox or Google Drive

Advising Publications

  • Something to write/take notes on, phone or laptop.

Website Management

  • Something to take notes with (pen/paper, iPad, laptop)
  • Login info for: 1) your website, 2) Google analytics and 3) social media accounts
  • A laptop or Chromebook and charger.
  • Login information for your website and publication's social media accounts
  • Administrator level access to your SNO website

For the Dorms

Campers will be in a doubled in their room with bathroom/shower room down the hall. A desk, chair, bed and trash can will be provided in each room. There are lounge areas with TVs and plenty of space to gather and relax after long days of mind-melting fun. Roommates will be assigned by request, school and then camp course selected.

What you need to pack for your stay in Stalnaker Residence Hall (1319 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50311):

  • Bedding (sheets, pillow, blanket)
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries & Personal items
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Workshop materials (see the list for your specific course needs)