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Detroit Writing Room hosting summer journalism camp for students

Posted at 6:18 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 06:18:30-04

(WXYZ) — Are you a high school student interested in expanding your writing, reporting and journalism skills? The Detroit Writing Room's 2020 Summer Journalism Camp is for you!

The two-week virtual camp is taught by Detroit Writing Room coaches. The coaches are all award-winning journalists who have worked at publications from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

Each day, students will learn a different topic from a Detroit Writing Room coach. For example, one day will be focused on news reporting with former New York Times Detroit bureau chief Bill Vlasic. Another day will be column writing with former Detroit News columnist Laura Berman. Model D Managing Editor Dorothy Hernandez will teach food writing, while New York Times freelance photographer Erin Kirkland will share how to capture the best photo with your iPhone. The students will have access to the top editors, journalists and photographers in Metro Detroit and gain mentors who can guide them to future internship and job opportunities.

Over the two weeks, students will report and write their own story on a topic of their choice. At the end, each student will receive editing from coaches and share their stories with the group. Their stories will be published on The Detroit Writing Room's website, and students who complete the program will receive a certificate. To attend the camp, students must be in high school and have access to a computer to join the sessions via Zoom.

The sessions are Monday through Friday:
Session 1: July 6-17, 2020
1 to 3:30 p.m. EST
Session 2: July 20-31, 2020
1 to 3:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Each session = $499 (Add $20 for credit card payments)

Scholarship Opportunity:
Thanks to the support of the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter and the Fisher Foundation, Detroit high school students are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the camp free of charge.

To Apply:
Students must fill out the application at https://www.detroitwritingroom.com/journalism-camp
The deadline to apply is June 5. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.