For Twin Cities teens who are interested in journalism - writing, photography, videography and on-line - ThreeSixty at the University of St. Thomas is a great place to learn, do and work with media pros and teens from throughout the Twin Cities. We publish an on-line magazine, run summer camps, after-school classes and weekend workshops and host an annual career & college fair. If you're really committed, consider applying for the Editorial Board, teens who commit to producing one reported story and one review or essay for the Web site each month. check out the website or contact Youth Publication Editor Annie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-962-5269, or Executive Director Lynda McDonnell at email@example.com and 651-962-5282.
Check out our story on ThreeSixty and video from fall of 2007 below.
While many teens were relaxing and lying in the sun this summer, the students of the ThreeSixty.
Journalism workshop were hard at work. The program is directed towards minority youth, who are mentored by staff and students from the University of St. Thomas, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Minnesota Public Radio, and other journalists. This year, nineteen students participated in the annual workshop from June 17 to 29. Eight of the students also took part in a one-week broadcasting camp from July 3 to 7.
Once they are placed with their professional mentors, teens decide on the topics for their stories. I talked with two students, Andrew and Priyanka, during the broadcasting week. Their story was focused on school safety, a hot topic after the Virginia Tech incident earlier in the year. For part of the story, they set up an interview with the chief of campus police at the University of Minnesota, taking turns asking questions and manning the camera.
The topics of the Three Sixty Journalism workshop seemed to encompass most of the concerns of teenagers today. Students wrote about high gas prices, homeless teens, Girl Scouts, Caribou, violence, cultural clashes, and cell phone use, to name only a few.
The participants of the Three Sixty workshop could hardly sing enough praises for the program. They certainly recommend that any teen interested in journalism apply, for the field experience, connections, and friendships formed are invaluable.