8 Camps in Super-Sized Summer

ThreeSixty Trains Emerging Storytellers Across 8 Camps

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Students and journalist mentors discuss approach before interviewing sources on ThreeSixty Journalism News Reporter Academy sourcing day in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on June 21, 2023, in St. Paul.

ThreeSixty welcomed students across eight camps this summer, which explored emerging media fields of digital media arts, journalism and strategic communication.

Students participated in camps at the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences, St. Paul campus, with two programs hosted off-site: Radio Broadcast Camp at Minnesota Public Radio and Sports Writing Workshop at the Star Tribune.

Students worked side-by-side with professional mentors, emerging media professors and other partners to complete weeklong projects. And, four camps included equity stipends, meaning students earned $590 for each camp they completed.

“We worked with incredible students across all our camps this summer, and their work speaks for itself,” said Program Manager Theresa Malloy Lemickson.

College Essay Boot Camp

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Students smile on the library steps after finishing their stories at College Essay Boot Camp in June 2023.

Fifteen students, including a cohort from Girls Inc. Eureka!, completed their essays at College Essay Boot Camp with help from writing and communications professionals. Campers also learned more about the college admissions process.

Read their stories here.

News Reporter Academy

A highlight for ThreeSixty students at News Reporter Academy was working with professionals, including MinnPost Editor Harry Colbert Jr. who led instruction for the week.

In News Reporter Academy, 13 reporters were immersed in a four-day camp where they wrote stories for publication.

Taught by MinnPost and its managing editor, Harry Colbert Jr., students learned why journalism matters. They worked with professional mentors and had guest speakers from the Twin Cities Black Journalists chapter visit.

All students completed stories about mental health resources in underserved communities, sourced by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, which were published in the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, MinnPost and ThreeSixty Magazine.

Radio Broadcast Camp

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Radio Camp students worked side-by-side with professional mentors to complete their stories at MPR.

Radio Broadcast Camp convened at Minnesota Public Radio for the first time since 2019. A dozen young reporters worked with journalists to create stories about Indigenous narratives. The camp partners included KRSM Radio and MIGIZI.

Listen to stories here.

PR & Advertising Workshop

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ThreeSixty PR & Advertising Camp students capped off their week with a presentation at Weber Shandwick in downtown Minneapolis.

ThreeSixty’s PR & Advertising Workshop tasked seven advanced students with creating a campaign to raise awareness about social media addiction.

Under the leadership of University of St. Thomas emerging media professor Paul Omodt and Marketing, Insights and Communications professional Pete Winecke, students built engaging campaigns and presented them at Weber Shandwick in downtown Minneapolis, seen here with staff who provided feedback on student campaign presentations.

Sports Writing Workshop 

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ThreeSixty reporters (second to left to right): Dylan Lennick, Kaya Williams, Aliyah Baker, Maximus Jennings and Paul Malloy, covered the Lynx game as courtside reporters during the Sports Writing Workshop.

ThreeSixty Sports Writing Workshop writers spent the day courtside at the Lynx game. The Star Tribune Junior Reporter program was centered in the Star Tribune’s newsroom, where students worked hands on with the Sports Desk to complete their stories, which were also shared with the Minnesota Lynx’s PR and communications team.

Read their stories here.

Digital Audio Storytelling Camp

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There were lots of giggles from the audio booth as Nieymoi Adams, Ayida Akalewold, Amy Anderson and Alexis Aryeequaye recorded pigeon noises for their story at Digital Audio Storytelling Camp.

ThreeSixty students learned about the art of Foley from emerging media professor Peter Gregg in the Digital Audio Storytelling Camp. The camp was offered in partnership with Best Buy Teen Tech Centers.

Listen to the stories here.

Game Jam Workshop

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Lennox Tan (left) and Ben O’Leary (right) take turns playing each other’s games at Game Jam during a peer review session.

Game Jam Workshop students built video games in teams from start to finish in a week’s time. The camp, led by emerging media professor Sky Anderson, was held in partnership with Best Buy Teen Tech Centers.

TV Broadcast Camp

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ThreeSixty Journalism high school students conduct interviews for video stories with support from teams from local TV stations. The stories relate to mental health resources in underserved communities, which are coordinated by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN as a part of the ThreeSixty Journalism TV Camp Sourcing Day in Anderson Student Center on July 25, 2023 in St. Paul.

ThreeSixty TV Broadcast Camp reporters paired with a reporting team of professionals from local TV stations to put together broadcast-ready packages on stories in partnership with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Continuing the theme of racism a public health crisis, students explored mental health resources.

For 2023, media partners included the University of St. ThomasPadillaKSTPThe Associated PressKARE 11WCCO TVTPTFOX 9, the University of MN Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass CommunicationSeavert StudiosUnicorn Riot and BMA Cable Networks. Check out these summer 2023 media mentions on ThreeSixty and TV Broadcast Camp, then below are the 47 videos created by students over the history of TV Broadcast Camp.

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ThreeSixty students visited KSTP to top off their experience at TV Camp.

Students witnessed a live broadcast from the newsroom to the studio during a field trip at KSTP.

Watch final student stories here.