Monday, May 11, 2015

[449] Breaking news for high school journalists: Register for MTSU’s 1st ‘Innovation J-Camp’

MURFREESBORO — The Center for Innovation in Media in MTSU’s College of Mass Communication is welcoming high-school journalists to the inaugural “Innovation J-Camp” July 13-17 on campus.

The weeklong workshop will guide students who’ve completed the ninth grade to become digital storytellers who can produce content for video, Web, mobile, social media and print audiences.

They’ll learn about news basics and new media platforms each day, then tackle hands-on assignments in the field with camp instructors. By week’s end, each camper will post video, photo and written stories on a special website they’ll build and manage to showcase their multimedia project.

Camp sponsor Canon USA is providing participants with new digital video cameras to use on campus for their projects.

The cost of the five-day camp is $150 person, which covers all materials, equipment, lunches and snacks. The Center for Innovation in Media is located inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building on campus; a searchable campus map of MTSU, complete with parking details, is available at

The center, also known as the CIM, opened in 2012 and combines the newsrooms for Sidelines, MTSU’s student newspaper; WMTS-FM, the student radio station; Match Records, the student record label; MTTV, the student-operated cable television station; and WMOT-FM, MTSU’s 100,000-watt National Public Radio affiliate.

The CIM was developed via $700,000 in federal stimulus funds and enables students from all media disciplines to hone their skills under the same roof in a state-of-the-art facility. CIM Director Val Hoeppner will serve as lead instructor for Innovation J-Camp, accompanied by journalist-in-residence Whitney Matheson and mass communications dean Ken Paulson.

For information about the inaugural Innovation J-Camp, visit or contact Hoeppner at For more information about MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, visit

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