The University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications held its first media academy in early June. High school students from Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri came to campus to learn about all things related to media.
“The purpose of the camp was to give students a taste of what a career in media would look like,” said Jerry Renaud, professor of broadcasting and director of the media academy. “We wanted to give the students as many experiences as possible in three days so they could put together a complete multi-media portfolio.”
Students received intensive training by four of the college’s faculty in areas of advertising, broadcastings, journalism and public relations. Ruth Brown, Trina Creighton, Luis Peon-Casanova and Adam Wagler worked with the students on their stories, photos and video.
Highlights of the camp include a tour of the Husker athletic department, covering a Lincoln Saltdogs game, touring the state capitol, meeting state leaders and visiting area advertising agencies.
“I’d say it was the best media experience I’ve had,” said Hannah Thomazin of Columbus, Nebraska. “If I had to rate this camp like they do fancy restaurants, I’d give it a solid five stars. It really helped open my eyes to what media is really about.”