2014 Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp

Young aspiring journalists will learn to create news stories across multiple media platforms during the 2014 Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp at TCU. The two-week intensive program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors, as well as incoming first-year students who have been admitted into TCU and to the journalism major.

The program is designed to be an immersive experience in a college environment. It is directed by members of the journalism faculty, media professionals from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and students in TCU Journalism. It offers high school students the opportunity to produce content for online site, broadcast and print.


Hands-on experience, top-notch facilities

Schieffer Journalism campers work in the TCU Journalism’s all digital newsroom and $1 million HD broadcast news studio. They learn how to generate story ideas, which they then report and develop into news stories. The students fan out across the TCU campus, perhaps writing about peer camps in other disciplines, or other topics of interest, such as college admission.

Students engage with faculty and visiting professionals in both classroom and lab settings, in groups and one-on-one. They have the opportunity to anchor newscasts, produce video packages and interview distinguished public figures like former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, whose offices are at TCU.

Get the full TCU experience

The program is designed to give students a real-life experience on a college campus. They live in TCU’s modern residence halls, eat at the Brown Lupton University Union and take advantage of other TCU amenities like the recreation center. The counselors are students enrolled in the School of Journalism. Officers from TCU’s financial aid and admissions departments are also on hand to talk about the college application process.

This coming summer marks the 21st year that TCU Journalism has held a high school journalism workshop, but this one will be different from all the rest. Previously, the program was affiliated with the Dow Jones Fund, which restricted enrollment to Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The program has a new name – “Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp at TCU” – in honor of legendary CBS news broadcaster Bob Schieffer, a TCU journalism alumnus and also namesake of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU. It has strengthened its focus on digital and broadcast media, while preserving the attention to print skills. It takes advantage of a robust inventory of the latest media equipment and publishing software, such as Canon SLR cameras, digital field cameras and an all-Mac newsroom with Creative Suite.

The dates are June 15-June 28, including chaperoned weekend activities.

Other information:

About the Director:

Jean Marie Brown teaches reporting in the journalism division of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU. She is a former senior editor for the McClatchy Co. and Knight Ridder. As a field reporter, her assignments covering the South Carolina delegation at the 1992 Republican National Convention, the city government beat at The Charlotte Observer and courts and county government at the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind. While working as a managing editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, she was recognized by Gallup Strength's program as a World Class Manager, and the Star-Telegram named her editor of the year. She earned her Master's Degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and her undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She first studied journalism career as a "Cherub" at Northwestern's National High School Institute.

About TCU Journalism:

TCU’s journalism program was established in 1927 and is one of the oldest in the nation. It is one of only 19 journalism programs at private universities that have attained national accreditation. Its faculty comes from both academic and professional backgrounds and many have contributed their time to the high school journalism camps in the past. Its Schieffer School in Washington program chooses top seniors to spend a semester in full-time internships in the nation’s capital. Student media is an integral part of TCU Journalism’s curriculum and is an award-winner in competition against professional media. With its central news organization being digital-first TCU 360 (www.tcu360.com), student journalism is available via web, mobile, tablet, broadcast and print.

For further information:

Contact schiefferschool@tcu.edu or call TCU Journalism at 817-257-7425 and say you are inquiring about the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp.