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Due to the current COVID-9 situation, we have decided to cancel this year's Journalism & Digital Media Academy. See you in 2021!

The College of Informatics is happy to announce the return of the Journalism in the Digital Age summer workshop for high school students, now known as the Journalism & Digital Media Academy. Join us to explore Northern Kentucky University with cameras, microphones,  keyboards – and much more -- as part of this expanded hands-on media academy.


Students will learn the art and technology of multimedia storytelling under the guidance of faculty and student mentors from the journalism, electronic media and broadcasting and media informatics programs in the College of Informatics. And they’ll publish their work on the academy website and social media.



Main Topics:

  • Digital Tools: What are the best apps and social media tools for creating and sharing media today? Experiment with innovative ways to present information.
  • Photos and Videos: How do I capture action and emotion in compelling visuals with a message? How do I shoot, record and edit my own videos?
  • Newsgathering: How do journalists find the right sources, ask the right questions and verify data and other facts for publication?
  • Digital Storytelling: How do I develop fair, accurate and interesting multimedia news stories that people will want to read, watch and share with friends?



Life after the Academy


“I would not be where I am today without NKU’s journalism camp. It provided the foundational knowledge of journalism to help me succeed when I entered college. The camp also showed me all that NKU has to offer in the media department. After attending the camp, I was inspired to pursue a college career at NKU. That helped me get an internship, and later, a producing job at Cincinnati’s highest rated news channel.”

- Ashley Dugger

About the Academy

The annual Journalism in the Digital Age Summer Workshop offers a week of hands-on media and news gathering instruction for high school students.

The Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics hosted the event in the summers of 2008-2010.  The workshop took a break in 2011 while the college moved to its new home in Griffin Hall, but returned in 2012. This marks the eighth year of our successful program reaching out to the journalists of the future.

NKU faculty and students, as well as media professionals, lead the workshop sessions on topics ranging from interviewing and video editing to news writing, photography, journalism ethics and law, and digital media.

The participants create photo slide shows, videos and text stories based on campus interviews, which are published on this website. And the NKU students document the week in daily blog, video, photo and social media posts on the web.

Support for previous workshops has been provided by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the NKU Office of Regional Stewardship and its University Community Partnership Grant Program, Learn and Serve America and the Trounstine Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. This year's workshop is funded as a joint effort of the NKU College of Informatics and the NKU Communication Department.


Michele Day

Journalism Program Co-Director/Student Media Adviser