High school summer camp fosters students' passion for media and communication

Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 3:30pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications reaffirmed its dedication to nurturing young talent in journalism and media by hosting the annual Nebraska High School Press Association (NHSPA) Summer Camp from July 10 to 12, 2023. The NHSPA summer camp gives high school students an opportunity to enhance their skills while fostering their passion for media and communication.

The camp, held at Andersen Hall on UNL's city campus, saw the participation of approximately 100 high school journalism and yearbook students from across the state, accompanied by their dedicated advisers. 

The NHSPA Summer Camp offered a platform for high school students to engage with industry experts, gain hands-on experience and explore various aspects of journalism and mass communications. Students interacted with local media professionals, who shared their insights and expertise and provided an authentic understanding of the media industry's dynamics.

CoJMC Dean Shari Veil expressed her enthusiasm and gratitude for the partnership with NHSPA, stating:

"We highly value our partnership with the Nebraska High School Press Association," Veil said. "It is essential for us as an educational institution to support and empower the next generation of journalists and media professionals. The NHSPA Summer Camp has been a resounding success, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration."

The college hosted a lunch for campers that included a Q&A session led by CoJMC's assistant director of recruitment, Alex Fernando. During this interactive session, the students could ask questions about CoJMC's majors, student experience opportunities and general campus life.

Junior advertising and public relations and sports media and communications double major Tyler Hurst answered questions during the Q&A session. As a CoJMC student ambassador, he often meets with prospective students and looks forward to connecting with NHSPA campers every summer.

"It was great to engage with the future students and share my perspectives and experiences as a current student at the CoJMC," Hurst said.

The college eagerly looks forward to continuing its partnership with the NHSPA during its upcoming fall conference, which will be held at Andersen Hall, further solidifying the CoJMC's commitment to fostering the growth and development of young journalism and media enthusiasts.

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is a national leader in experiential education in journalism and mass communications. With state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty, the college offers a comprehensive range of programs designed to nurture curious and creative minds to thrive in the ever-changing media landscape.

For more information about the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, please visit https://journalism.unl.edu/.

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Students Lily Biggs, Angelik Twombly, Martha Engel, and Olivia Franklin created different newspaper designs during Nebraska High School Press Association’s workshop camp on July 11, 2023.
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Students Henry Ludwig, Kinley Harris, Kyle Stearns and Mason Beister work together as they create a video highlighting the College of Journalism and Mass Communications during the NHSPA summer camp.