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Newsroom by the Bay - Stanford University

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Newsroom by the Bay is an academically prestigious digital storytelling and media arts program based at Stanford University. Program participants will plunge into the rapidly changing world of high-tech digital reporting, social media and online journalism, while enjoying the housing, dining and athletic facilities of one of the world’s most beautiful universities – all in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley.

The award-winning faculty and staff have a command of journalism fundamentals as well as media trends in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, program directors Beatrice Motamedi and Paul Kandelltraveled to Vietnam to help launch a journalism program at the United Nations International School in Hanoi; program team leaders are from the BBC and the European Community as well as news publications in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Portland. The Summer 2013 program will include a focus on cross-cultural journalism, including opportunities for global youth reporting.

A typical program day begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast in the beautiful Lagunitas Dining facility, home to Stanford’s award-winning cafeteria service. Classes commence at 8:30 a.m., with sessions on how to report and write the news; crafting online stories and packages; using social media creatively and responsibly; and experimenting with new and exciting story forms, such as blogs, podcasts, photo galleries and polls. Participants also receive intensive instruction in digital tools, such as Wordpress, iMovie and Photoshop. Each participant receives an iPad plus Internet access for the duration of the program.

After lunch, students begin reporting, visiting Stanford landmarks, from the top of Hoover Tower to the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the world-famous Rodin collection at the Cantor Art Museum. Working in small news teams of 10 students, they use their iPads to create stories, photos and videos. Throughout the afternoon, team leaders work closely with students to edit and post work online. A daylong field trip to San Francisco offers even more opportunities as students visit neighborhoods such as Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park. Late afternoon brings downtime and opportunities to swim, play basketball or bike on campus. After dinner, students either attend guest speaker lectures by prominent journalists and industry leaders, or head out to a Stanford Jazz Festival concert or baseball game.

Eligibility Criteria: Interest in media/journalism and strong writing skills.

                                  Age group between 15 to 18

Programme Dates: Last week of June 2015

Last Date for Registration: Feb 28, 2015

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