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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 fifth 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, Writing Essentials and Advanced, Photography Essentials and Advanced, Video Broadcasting, Design, Yearbook, Political Communication, Sports Journalism, Podcasting and Advising Publications. School Newspapers Online (SNO) will also 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 – EXTENDED)
$300 Regular Open Registration (May 1 – June 12, 2020)
$350 Late Fee (June 12 – June 30, 2020)


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


$30 Round Trip Bus ticket from St. Louis (if you can get to St. Louis, we can get you to Des Moines)
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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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Bus Transportation

We are now offering round trip bus transportation from St. Louis, Missouri, directly to Des Moines, Iowa, for campers attending our summer camp on Drake University’s campus July 6-9. Meet us at the pickup point for check-in and pack your things for an easy ride! There are a limited number of seats available on the bus, so make sure to secure your spot. Bus departs St. Louis at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and departs Des Moines by 1:00 p.m. The round trip ticket is $30/seat. Purchase your bus ticket now ›

Media Now Drake Class Listing

Register For Media Now Online!

 Media Now Online

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and school closures, our campus partners are holding our spot for next summer instead. For 2020, Drake University has offered to underwrite Media Now Online to make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to gain new skills and get ready for the ’20-’21 school year.

Learn more about Media Now Online ›