Schedule

SMI participants will hear from keynoters and panelists focusing on broad and important topics such as leadership, diversity and the future of journalism and media. They will also choose from a variety of elective courses focusing across the journalism and broadcast disciplines – and select one of several specializations in which they spend four hours a day broadening their skills. Here’s a tentative list of specializations and electives. Check back for a more definitive listing.

Specializations

Social Media Storytelling
Social Media is at the center of new media and, in this specialization, students will learn how to use these tools at a pro level for storytelling, four journalism and for building an audience.  We will cover events on campus live through platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Students will create their own accounts or improve the ones they have. Ideally, each student should have their own smartphone to use during the seminar.

Video and Audio Techniques for Storytellers
This will be a hands-on training workshop for visual journalists looking to expand and grow their multimedia skills using the latest technology. The workshop will concentrate on visuals and audio content and editing them into multimedia video presentations.

On-Air Performance
This specialization will give students the opportunity to improve their on-air performance skills.  From podcasting to anchoring newscasts and going live in the field, students will learn about best practices and will have the opportunity to practice and improve their level of performance. They will also learn about the finer points of shooting standups for tv news stories.

Broadcast News Reporting
During this immersive reporting experience, teams of students will cover assigned news stories in the field and generate news packages for presentation. Students will receive basic camera training, Adobe Premiere Pro edit training and script writing training. Teams of students will cover their assigned story and each student will have the opportunity to write and edit his or her own version of the story as a news package. Students will shoot stand-ups for their stories and voice the stories for editing.

Photojournalism
In the photojournalism track, we’ll take a detailed look at the importance of still images telling a story. Professor Freeman will put special emphasis on catching a moment and various elements of composition will be stressed. We’ll take a look at prize-winning pictures, current artistic material posted to Instagram and published photos produced by globetrotting UF alumni from London to Beijing. You’ll leave the camp with a new set of eyes as you look at the world through your camera. Photos for your publications and personal images will get noticed.

Sports Reporting
Students participating in the sports production track will have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience just like the pros. The students will produce, shoot, interview and edit their very own sports feature. We will discuss what it takes to make in the sports field and how important networking and practical experience are to their success. It will be a fun, informative and action-packed week for these young sportscasters.

Yearbook
Team Yearbook won’t be a bunch of PowerPoints about a bunch of incredible yearbooks. Instead, come to camp ready to make an incredible yearbook. This is on-the-job training. We’ll develop a concept, create compelling content (with original photos, copy, graphics and maybe even some multimedia) and assemble a keepsake yearbook for your fellow campers. All in five days.

Writing
At the core of journalism is the story. In this advanced course you will take your news reporting skills to a new level. Be careful though, fact errors will kill a story.

Electives

Students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of morning elective courses across the journalism, broadcasting, advertising and public relations disciplines.  Classes and teachers are still being determined.  Students will be sent information and a class selection form in the spring.

Day to Day

Sunday
1pm – 3pm
Check-In
3:30 pm Camp Introduction
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pm Cicerone-Led Tour of Campus
8:00 pmCamp Ice-Breaker
9:00 pmAll Students in dorm
10:00 pmAll students in their dorm rooms
11:00 pmRoom Check
Monday
7:45 am
Breakfast
9:00 amElective
10:30 am Keynote Speaker
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmProfessional track - same specialty all four days
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pm Free Work Time, Yearbook, Resume and Work Critiques
9:00 pmAll Students in dorm building
10:00 pmAll students checked in at their dorm building
11:00 pmRoom Check
Tuesday
7:45 am
Breakfast
9:00 amElective
10:30 am Keynote Speaker
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmProfessional track - same specialty all four days
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pm Free Work Time, Yearbook, Resume and Work Critiques
9:00 pmAll students checked in at their dorm building
10:00 pmAll students in their dorm rooms
11:00 pmRoom Check
Wednesday
7:45 am
Breakfast
9:00 amElective
10:30 am Keynote Speaker
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmProfessional track - same specialty all four days
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pm Free Work Time, Yearbook, Resume and Work Critiques
9:00 pmAll students checked in at their dorm building
10:00 pmAll students in their dorm rooms
11:00 pmRoom Check
Thursday
7:45 am
Breakfast
9:00 amElective
10:30 am Keynote Speaker
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmProfessional track - same specialty all four days
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pm Free Work Time, Yearbook, Resume and Work Critiques
9:00 pmAll students checked in at their dorm building
10:00 pmAll students in their dorm rooms
11:00 pmRoom Check
Friday
7:45 am
Breakfast
9:00 amProfessional Track - extra time to finish projects if not already completed
11:00 am - 1 pmCamp Check-Out