[WATCH] MTSU’s Innovation J-Camp trains new ...

[WATCH] MTSU’s Innovation J-Camp trains new crew of budding multimedia journalists

MTSU’s Center for Innovation in Media welcomed a new group of high school students July 10-14 for the 2017 Innovation J-Camp, which exposes participants to a week of training on producing multimedia stories.

The camp, now in its third year, was led by Val Hoeppner, director of the center, which is a part of MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment.

The workshop guides students in ninth through 12th grades to become digital storytellers who can produce content for video, web, mobile, social media and print audiences. They learn about news basics and new media platforms each day, then tackle hands-on assignments in the field with camp instructors. At week’s end, each camper posts video, photo and written stories on a special website they’ll build and manage to showcase their multimedia project.

The center, also known as the CIM, opened in 2012 and combines the newsrooms for Sidelines, MTSU’s student news site; WMTS-FM, the student radio station; Match Records, the student record label; and MT10 News, the student-operated cable television station.WMOT-FM Roots Radio, MTSU’s 100,000-watt National Public Radio affiliate, also is housed in the center.

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