Pitching stories instead of tents

by Christy Perry

September 2, 2010

Local high-schoolers scouted these stories at Newhouse's J-Camp

J-Camp 2010

It's a different type of camp from those that feature campfires and tents in the great outdoors. Syracuse high school students camped out at J-Camp—the "J" stands for Journalism—this summer at the Newhouse School.

J-Camp is open to Syracuse high school students. Sophomores, juniors or seniors who carry a B grade average or better are eligible to attend. J-Camp is designed to encourage students who may not have journalism outlets in their own schools.

This year's group spread through the halls of the three Newhouse buildings and scouted out stories about the folks they found here. The students videotaped interviews with students and staff.

Heading up the annual J-Camp project were Charlotte Grimes, Knight Chair in Political Reporting; Bob Lloyd, professor of practice in newspaper and online journalism; and Sherri Taylor, visual and interactive communications professor, who coordinates the Newhouse School’s activities with the Empire State School Press Association and the School Press Institute.