Create a college essay, craft published news stories, experience TV and radio broadcast, and more!
ThreeSixty Journalism, an intensive multimedia program for high school students, is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. ThreeSixty trains and supports the next generation of diverse thinkers, communicators and leaders.
Our year-round programming offers you the chance to find and share your voice and story, enhance your critical thinking skills and develop your college readiness. Whether you dream of writing for a newspaper, working in broadcast news, engaging in a new-media profession or becoming a strategic communicator, ThreeSixty offers intensive writing, communication and college readiness programming to prepare you for success.
ThreeSixty offers year-round programming. Each student begins with a summer journalism camp, progresses to our school-year programming options, and earns eligibility to participate in our advanced camps during subsequent summers. Programming is led by full-time ThreeSixty staff and supported by media professionals and community partners, plus University of St. Thomas faculty and staff.
In addition, each year high school seniors who are graduates of a ThreeSixty summer journalism camp compete for the ThreeSixty Scholarship – a full-tuition, four-year award to study communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas.
With the exception of Radio Broadcast Camp (which takes place at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters), programming takes place on the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul, offering opportunities to experience life on a college campus and gain important insight into navigating the college admissions process.
Summer 2019 Journalism Camps
For summer 2019, ThreeSixty Journalism offers College Essay Boot Camp (June 17 – 21) and Digital Audio Storytelling Camp (June 24 – 28), both in partnership with Girls Inc.; News Reporter Academy (one two-week camp, July 8 – 12 and July 15 – 19); TV Broadcast Camp (June 22 – 26) in partnership with Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; and Radio Broadcast Camp (June 29 – August 2) in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio.
News Reporter Academy <— New Students
ThreeSixty’s two-week News Reporter Academy is the summer 2019 entry point for new ThreeSixty students. In week one, you’ll learn about the different opportunities in media and communication, engage in related activities, hear from experienced journalists and communicators, and set the stage for week two — writing a reported story that will be published in both the print and digital versions of ThreeSixty Magazine!
ThreeSixty’s TV Broadcast Camp in partnership with Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Radio Broadcast Camp in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio are advanced camps that are available to students by invitation only. As a general rule, a student must complete News Reporter Academy to be considered for TV or radio camp.
Digital Audio Storytelling Camp
New for summer 2019 and offered to select participants of Girls Inc., this one-week Digital Audio Storytelling Camp gives students creative license to narrate, produce and share their college/personal essays through audio storytelling.
Offered to select participants of Girls Inc. for summer 2019, College Essay Boot Camp is a one-week college/personal essay workshop, where students find their voices to create — start-to-finish — a polished, adaptable college essay for submission. Select student essays are published in the print and digital versions of ThreeSixty Magazine!
How to Apply to Summer Camps
To apply, click here. Applications are due Monday, April 1, 2019. Space is limited, and it is a competitive application process. News Reporter Academy takes place at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the dates noted on the application. Lunch is provided each day.
Summer Camp Tuition
Camp scholarships are available! Students who are free/reduced lunch eligible are invited to request a scholarship in order to attend camp at no charge. (For the 2018 program year, ThreeSixty provided more than $200,000 in program scholarships.)
To request a scholarship, you’ll need documentation that demonstrates free/reduced lunch eligibility as well as a copy of your most recent report card. Acceptable documentation for free/reduced price lunches can be the form from your school indicating your eligibility for free/ reduced price lunches, this statement completed by a school official indicating he/she has informed knowledge that you would qualify for free/reduced price lunch, or a copy of your family’s 2017 tax forms to verify that the income meets the federal income requirements.
Email ThreeSixty Program Manager Theresa Malloy or call her at 651-962-5269.
School-Year News Team
School-year News Team builds upon the multimedia skills students learned during journalism summer camp and much more. Programming takes place on select Saturdays throughout the school year on the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus.
What’s Being Said About ThreeSixty . . .
“ThreeSixty is the highlight of my high school career so far. I’ve learned so much about paying attention to the world around me and proper communication, and I know I’ll be learning even more next year!” – Mina Yuan, ThreeSixty summer camp graduate and News Team journalist
“I love to watch young journalists learn about our craft. I’m proud to have the opportunity to share it.” – Jocelina Joiner, Manager, News and Content at LAKANA and a volunteer at ThreeSixty.
“I continued with ThreeSixty because I love writing, and they provide more than just writing skills, or ways to be a better writer, like career opportunities, school options and mentors that help you with whatever — even just a place where you can safely talk about what is going on around the world.” – Skyler Kuczaboski, ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp graduate and News Team journalist
“I really enjoyed working with such bright, motivated students. [ThreeSixty staff] did a great job of coordinating and keeping everyone on task, and at the end of both days, I felt like I had made an impact.” – Erin Golden, reporter at Star Tribune and a volunteer at ThreeSixty.
“I’m eternally grateful for ThreeSixty and all the opportunities I have received because of it.” – Maya Shelton-Davies, ThreeSixty alumna and current University of St. Thomas student.
“I liked empowering these kids, and making them feel like they mattered.” – Whitney Oachs, University of St. Thomas student and a volunteer at ThreeSixty.
“I feel I have a lot of friends here. And I’ve become really used to coming here [to the University of St. Thomas campus], and it’s kind of like something for me to do. And it’s also because it makes me feel Iike I have a purpose … There are a lot of valuable skills (learned) here.” – Shay Radhakrishnan, ThreeSixty summer camp graduate and News Team journalist.