MPR News Radio Camp Is Back

A student sits in the recording boothFor the third consecutive summer, ThreeSixty Journalism and MPR News are partnering for their one-of-a-kind Radio Broadcast Camp for advanced ThreeSixty students. 

Over five days and under expert instruction from journalists with Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Mediastudents will learn how audio is unique and build skills around writing and interviewing for the ear. With their new knowledge, students will then embark on their own adventure and each report and voice a radio story.  

Students’ stories will focus on this year’s featured partner, Juxtaposition Artsa North Minneapolis community group that engages and empowers young urban artists.  

“ThreeSixty and Juxtaposition Arts share the goal of inspiring youth for lifelong success, and both are passionate about youth expression,” ThreeSixty Journalism Executive Director Chad Caruthers said. “Under the expertise of MPR News and American Public Media journalists, radio camp students will share their voices and Juxtaposition’s stories over what to many of our students is a ‘new’ medium – audio. It’s a rich opportunity and a magical process.” 

A selection of the students’ reported stories will be shared by MPR on-air, and all on its website. 

A student holds recording equipment at CHS Field“The enthusiasm and curiosity that the ThreeSixty students bring to our newsroom are infectious,” said Nancy Cassutt, executive director for news and programming at MPR News. “Even the most seasoned journalists come away feeling energized by the camp. We hope to light a spark with these young people so they might consider a career in public radio and specifically at MPR News.” 

Radio camp was created in memory of Toni Randolph, a longtime MPR News employee and champion of ThreeSixty who passed away in July 2016. After Randolph’s passing, the idea of a radio camp for young people, particularly those from underrepresented populations, was hatched. 

The 2019 Radio Broadcast Camp takes place July 29 through August 2 at MPR and in the field.