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

JULY 6 – 9, 2020


WHO: High School Journalism Students and Advisers

WHAT: Four-Day Bootcamp to Improve Your Journalism Skills

WHERE: Drake University, Des Moines, IA

WHEN: July 6 – 9, 2020

Join us at Drake University for our third summer in Des Moines, where students and advisers choose a single-track to immerse themselves in for the four days they are with us. 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.     


Editorial Leadership, Beginning Writing, Advanced Writing, Photography, Video, Design, Yearbook, Political Communication, Sports Journalism, Entreprenuership, Advising Publications and School Newspapers Online (SNO) will be there to help staffs with their online news sites.


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

$285 Early Bird (through April 1, 2020)
$300 Regular Open Registration (April 2 – June 1, 2020)
$350 Late Fee (June 2 – 20, 2020)


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

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Media Now Drake 2019 Video


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 2019 Class Listing

The finalized 2020 class listings will be released as we get closer to the opening of registration.

Live Newsroom (Video, Social, Multimedia)

Instructor: Chris Snider & Jonathan Rogers

Are you interested in learning new ways to tell stories? This class will give students an introduction to storytelling through photography, video and audio. We'll cover the happenings at camp and you'll come back with ideas for how you can use these storytelling tools in the coming school year. Specifically, we will cover: storytelling, recording and editing a podcast, photography and photo editing, shooting and editing video (on both computers and smartphones), Instagram Stories, live video, 360 video, 3D photos/video and more. Bring whatever device you use for shooting photos and video - even if that's just a smartphone.

Sports Journalism

Instructor: Ted Bryant

Our sports writing course brings together writing, social media and the skills to make you great at both. You'll get guidance on how to conduct interviews, cover live events, write effective briefs, game previews, personal profiles and recaps. Dive into some of the best sports reporting available to uncover what tips and techniques were used that you can apply to your own coverage. You'll also get a chance to practice these new found skills and conduct Q&A sessions with practicing sports reporters.

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. Students 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. 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: Steve Leash

Have you ever thought about creating a business doing something you love? This class will give you the tools to do just that. Combine creativity, exploration, and journalism all in one and you will transform an idea into a product! This class will integrate the business model canvas, introduce business terminology and jargon, and help you with the overall structure of a business. This class is designed to be Student Centered, Problem Based, Experiential, and Collaborative. Be ready for high participation and extreme FUN!!! “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

Political Communications

Instructor: Jennifer Konfrst

Do you watch "Scandal" and find ways Olivia Pope could do a better job? Are you more intrigued by the politics & communication on "House of Cards" than the murders and mayhem? Do you watch "The West Wing" on Netflix and wish you could be C.J. Cregg? If you can picture a life in politics that gives you the chance to use your communication skills, come spend time with us learning about and doing Strategic Political Communication. We'll spend our time talking about how candidates communicate with voters, what tactics and strategies are used to advocate for policy issues, and learning from political experts about how politics and the media can work together. As the 2020 presidential election approaches, we’ll use the Iowa Caucuses as a case study for how grassroots communications works best. We'll also take the time to try our hand at answering questions at a press conference, writing a campaign speech, and comparing strategies of real-world political campaigns.

Writing Advanced

Instructor: Ken Fuson

You know how to write a basic story. You know to get the facts right and the names spelled correctly. But now it's time to move to the next level and learn what the best story-tellers know. Ken Fuson won several writing awards when he was a newspaper reporter. In his Advanced Writing class, he will share with you what he has learned about story-telling, including the difference between articles and stories, how to turn a mundane story assignment into something special and how to organize a major narrative project. Come prepared to do some writing. For inspiration, you can read Fuson's six-chapter series, “A Stage in Their Lives,”  about a high school musical production. You’ll likely want to sign up for this class shortly after.

Writing Essentials

Instructor: Susan Massy

Looking to get a strong foundation of journalistic writing? This is the class to take. Learn to write like a journalist. In this class you'll go through everything from how to come up with strong story ideas and planning stories to getting great interviews and writing a strong journalistic story. This class will help you get all the tools you need to be a great reporter on your staff next year.


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 phone photography and how to use a cell phone to capture professional looking images. Photographers will also be learning how to effectively 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. 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.

This class won’t just be InDesign only though. Here are some additional lessons the instructor will cover during this track:

  • Principles of design
  • How to create a style guide including color palettes and appropriate fonts
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator tips
  • Critique sessions of published designs
  • Work on your publication one-on-one with the instructor
  • How to brainstorm ideas

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 offering 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 2018. 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 within 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.