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Media Now at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Drake University • Des Moines, Iowa

JULY 8 – 11, 2018


WHO: High School Journalism Students and Advisers
WHAT: Four-Day Bootcamp to Improve Your Journalism Skills
WHERE: Drake University, Des Moines, IA
WHEN: July 8 – 11, 2018

REGISTRATION COST: The registration fee includes food, lab fees and a sweet t-shirt. Registration fees are below:

  • $285 Early Bird (through April 1, 2018)
  • $300 Regular Open Registration (April 2 – June 1, 2018)
  • $350 Late Fee (June 2 – 20, 2018)


  • $100 Housing (on campus dorms, bring your own bedding)

Check out our 2017 camp!


Dorm Details

Campers are given the option to stay with us on-campus for an additional fee. Each room has four beds, desks and closet space. The lounges have WiFi, TV, comfy furniture, gaming activities and a kitchenette. Roommates can be requested at the time of registration by the camper or at the direction of their adviser.
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Camp Schedule

The Media Now experience is jam-packed with hands-on learning, fun, and experiences. We will create an environment for you to make sweet summer memories, increase your journalism skills and give you the opportunity to meet and learn from some passionate journalists such as yourself.
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Students have the opportunity to apply for a full-ride scholarship to camp by submitting an essay to the university advisory panel for consideration during our open application dates. If you already paid your registration fee, you are still eligible for the scholarship and will receive a refund if your essay is selected.
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There are multiple ways to get to campus. Let us know if you need help organizing transportation to and from Drake University.

Media Now Drake Class Listing

Editorial Leadership

Instructor: Mitch Eden

The favored Editorial Leadership classes are back and ready to reinvent the way you see your digital newsroom and yourself as a leader in it. We will be offering two sections, one for Editors-in-Chief and a separate one for Section Editors. Students in each course will learn how to run that growing and changing digital newsroom. Plug into this editor/leader development track and gain skills to manage today’s digital newsroom with exposure to new tools that will help infuse the news and information into coverage and workflow. Leave with a knowledge and structure for your own newsroom or section along with at least two practical and applicable digital media elements to implement for the upcoming school year.


Instructor: Ken Fuson

Look to take your writing to the next level with award-winning journalist Ken Fuson. This class is for writers who feel comfortable with the foundations of journalist writing and are looking to expand the skill sets in their reporting toolbox. The class will focus specifically on narrative storytelling and its power to engage readers. If you haven’t read “A Stage in Their Lives,” Fuson’s 6-chapter award-winning narrative about a high school musical production, you should go do that now. You’ll likely want to sign up for this class shortly after.

Web & Social

Instructor: Chris Snider & Jon Rogers

In this class, we will look at having a well-rounded presence online. From a web standpoint we will work on everything from coming up with an organized, consistent posting schedule for content to coming up with alternative ways to tell stories. From a social standpoint, we will make sure we are working to help you make your staff’s social presence the go to place for information in your school community.

Photo & Video Storytelling

Instructor: Kelsey Kremer

This will be a great class for those looking to understand a digital SLR camera better. Campers will work to get hands-on training with their cameras, learning how to effectively use shutter speed, aperture and ISO in addition to turning well-composed photos into great ones! There will also be some work with Photoshop, photo galleries and digital photo organization. Photographers will also be working a little with video and how to share their work on social media. Participants will need to bring a DSLR to this workshop.


Instructor: Carlos Ayulo

Know a little bit about InDesign but you’d like to know more? Maybe you don’t know InDesign at all but know you will need to next school year? This class is for you. We plan to get you up to speed on the premiere desktop publishing program Adobe offers and that student newsrooms around the country are using. We will start with the basics and make sure you get comfortable with the tools you will need to know next year. After that, we’ll go beyond the basics and show you some of the more advanced tools that will make your job on staff a bit easier and your pages look even better. This class won’t just be InDesign only though, we’ll talk about everything from what it takes to have a well-designed page to the importance of a style guide. You may come in feeling like you don’t know much about InDesign, but you’ll leave the class ready to take on the new school year and anything thrown at you. Heck, you’ll probably be ready to teach your own InDesign lessons once you get back to school.


Instructor: Brenda Field

Geared toward all types and sizes of yearbook programs, this track will help students take important next steps for successful yearbook production. While moving forward with verbal and visual elements to develop the book’s concept, participants also will plan coverage strategies and activities for building a positive, student-centered staff culture. We also will explore ways your staff can share online content and use social media tools effectively to engage readers and expand the yearbook experience. In a hands-on, interactive environment, this track will help you plan a yearbook your students are excited to buy and your staff is excited to produce. For this class, it’s most beneficial to sign up in groups of 2 or more from your school with a max of 5 from any one school.  Seating is limited to the first 9 schools that register.

Advising Publications

Instructor: Aaron Manfull

We are looking forward to offer this class at Media Now. The class will be led by Aaron Manfull of Francis Howell North in St. Charles, MO and give advisers an overview of advising publications in 2017. We will discuss everything from grading and staff organization to advertising and content generation. While Manfull will be the lead instructor for this course, those advisers electing to take this workshop will have the opportunity to interact with many of the other camp instructors as they will be visiting the class to speak on topics ranging from graphic design to videography. Our goal for this class is to send advisers away with a grasp on effectively managing and converging their digital and print newsrooms. The class will be a balanced blend of instruction and group discussion and will be targeted to broadcast, web, newspaper and yearbook advisers. This course is meant to be more of a survey course to give advisers a taste of each of the areas they’ll likely be working with in their converged newsroom. If instructors would like a little more focused direction in one specific area (such as videography), they are encouraged to enroll in one of the other classes for the duration of their time at Media Now.

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Drake Map & Camp Schedule

DAY 1 · Sunday, July 9 Noon – 1:45pm All Camper Check-in • Goodwin-Kirk Hall 2:01pm Opening, Keynote • Olmsted Center, Pomerantz Stage 3:05pm Classroom Sessions 5:30pm Dinner • Hubbell Dining Hall 6:30pm Classroom sessions 8:00pm Large Group Activity  • Olmsted...

How to Check-In at Media Now Drake

We’re just FOUR WEEKS away from Media Now Drake and there are just a few things to note about your arrival to camp on Sunday, July 9. Check-In:  Eat Lunch BEFORE you check in. (Lunch is not included for our camp on Sunday) Check-In runs from Noon – 1:30 p.m. at...

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