JULY 24 - 28, 2011
2011 REGISTRATION GUIDE FOR
VIRGINIA’S TOP JOURNALISM CAMP
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2011
Get training geared directly to your experience level and area of interest by joining
one of the following instruction tracks:
Aimed at those students who will be taking on management roles, this track
will provide you the tools for creating staff policies and procedures, as well as
help you develop stronger news judgment and leadership abilities to guide
News and Feature Writing
Understand the techniques for developing story ideas, interviewing sources
and writing compelling narratives.
Are you new to your newspaper’s staff? This is the track for you. You’ll get a
crash course on everything it takes to be a valuable staff member, including
terminology, interviewing, journalistic writing, law/ethics, caption writing,
headline writing, and more.
Telling a story with your camera is harder than it looks, but we’ll point you
in the right direction and also show you the ins and outs of composition,
lighting and Photoshop. This track requires that you bring a digital camera
It’s a four-day workshop like nothing else in the This track will help you learn how to bring sporting events and personalities
to life with style and skill.
state. Join other student journalists Newspaper Design
In this technology-driven track, you will learn to use InDesign and Photoshop
July 24 – July 28 on Virginia Tech’s campus to: for designing basic packages and pages.
• Plan for the upcoming school year. Online Journalism
Learn the tools necessary to create a foundation for presenting your
• Brush up on your writing, design, editing publication on the Web. This track requires you bring a laptop to camp.
and production skills. Planning is key to any yearbook’s success, and this track provides the
guidance for putting your best foot forward for the upcoming school year.
• Learn techniques from leading media Advanced Design
advisers and journalists. This track, geared for designers with at least one year of design experience,
will focus on advanced design/redesign and packaging. This is an application
• Get motivated to produce a award-winning track and requires supplemental materials to be submitted with your
registration. This track requires you bring a laptop to camp. To apply, mark “1”
student media. next to the Advanced Design track on the registration form, and mail with your
registration a resume and two published newspaper designs.
Advanced News and Feature Writing
Get ready for a rigorous week putting your writing and reporting skills to
the test. This is an application track and requires supplemental materials to
be submitted with your registration. To apply, mark “1” next to the Advanced
News and Feature Writing track on the registration form, and mail with your
registration a resume and two published newspaper articles.
Beyond the basics of composition, this track provides instruction on the
elements of content, style and creative process of news photography. This
track requires you bring a laptop and digital camera to camp. To apply, mark
“1” next to the Advanced Photojournalism track on the registration form, and
mail with your registration a resume and three published photographs.
In addition to your primary track, each participant also takes part in a
secondary instruction track tailored to your interests and needs. Secondary
tracks include advertising/fundraising, editing, newspaper production,
photography, technology and advising.
• Visit www.collegemedia.com/jcamp for the latest
news and information.
• Substitutions of the same sex will be accepted up to
one month before camp by calling Kelly Wolff at 540-
231-4054. No refunds will be given for cancellations.
• Alcohol, smoking, any illegal drug use or drug
possession are strictly forbidden.
• Workshop participants must follow all local, state
and federal laws. All participants must also follow all
Virginia Tech policies.
• E-mail is used extensively to communicate with
students and parents prior to camp. Please be sure to
provide valid and regularly checked e-mail addresses on
the registration form.
• Students must abide by all camp curfews. Students
may not enter residence halls other than the one
The early registration fee for JCAMP at Virginia Tech is $450, which includes your meals, housing, t-shirt,
assigned for housing.
recreation and workshop materials. The normal registration fee (those postmarked April 16 - June 1)
is $525. If it’s past the June 1 deadline, we may still have spots available at the late registration cost of
• Lost or stolen keys will be charged to registrants at a
$575, but please call 540-231-4054 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
rate of $75 to cover the cost of rekeying the lock and
replacing the key.
All students enrolled in JCAMP will be housed in Virginia Tech residence halls (double-occupancy
rooms). You can request a roommate of the same sex on the registration form. If you register without a
• Students are not allowed to operate vehicles during
roommate request, one will be assigned to you by JCAMP staff. (When we assign roommates, we try to
workshops. Contact Kelly Wolff at email@example.com or 540-
keep same-sex students from the same school, enrolled in the same track, and/or from the same grade
231-4054 if you plan to have a car on campus during
together.) All rooms feature two twin-size beds. Each guest will be provided two sheets, two towels, a
washcloth, a pillow and a pillowcase. Phones are removed from Virginia Tech residence halls during the
summer, although there are pay phones located throughout campus.
• Each track will have a series of tasks and assignments
that students will be expected to complete.
All your meals are paid for with your registration fee and will be served in Virginia Tech on-campus dining
facilities. But if you’re picturing cafeteria corn dogs — think again. Virginia Tech’s dining halls are among
• Students must attend all classes unless ill. Illnesses
the best in the nation, recently ranked the No. 1 dining program in the country by The Princeton Review.
must immediately be reported to the camp director.
Chronicling your week at JCAMP will be the staff of jPaper (yeah, yeah, the name is a work in progress).
• Students should act as ambassadors of their schools
Staff members will capture the stories and images and put them in a newspaper to be distributed at the
and communities, and they should follow all school
end of the week. Think you have what it takes to put out a newspaper in three days? Mark jPaper as your
rules and policies while at JCAMP.
first choice for “secondary specialized instruction” on the registration form; we’ll select the staff on the
first night of JCAMP.
• Failure to abide by JCAMP policies or directions from
JCAMP staff/instructors is grounds for dismissal from
While you should come to JCAMP ready to work hard, you should also be ready to have lots of fun. We’ve
camp without refund of registration fees.
planned recreational and team-building activities to ensure that you keep a fresh mind and enthusiastic
attitude throughout the entire week of the workshop.
NEEDED: A T-RIFFIC SHIRT IDEA
Are you interested in graphic arts? Are you witty and clever?
Do you want cash and fame?
Submit your idea for this year’s JCAMP T-shirt and you could
win $25 plus the adoration of your fellow campers. Submit your
lineart drawing or a vector graphic to jcamp@collegemedia.
com. We’ll let you know we received your entry and announce
the winner on the opening night of JCAMP.
coming to jcamp
What to bring to camp
r Plenty of writing materials. Regardless of your track, you will want to take a lot of
notes. Be sure to bring pencils, pens and a notebook.
r Copies of your publication. You may wish to trade your publication with other
students at JCAMP to get ideas for the upcoming year.
r Glasses. If you wear contacts, you’ll probably want to bring your glasses — just in
case. If you wear glasses, we suggest you bring a second pair — just in case.
r Camera. If you’re in a photojournalism track, you’ll need your camera for field
work. Regardless of your track, however, you may want to bring one just to capture
r Allergy or other medications. You may also want to bring copies of any
prescriptions you have.
r Sunscreen and bug spray. We don’t have a lot of outdoor activities planned, but
you will be walking around campus between classes and when you’re on assignment.
If you’re fair-skinned or attractive to bugs, you may want to bring some protection.
r Clothing/toiletries for five days and four nights. Normal school attire is appropriate.
You’ll want to remain casual and comfortable.
r Spending money. All your meals for JCAMP have been included in your registration
fee, but bring extra cash if you want to buy snacks or souvenirs.
r Fan. Temperatures in residence halls are not individually controlled, and it will
sometimes get hot.
r Cell phone. Virginia Tech removes phones from residence hall rooms during the
summer break. There are, however, pay phones located around campus.
r Blanket. Each guest is given a sheet, towel, washcloth, pillow and pillowcase.
r Umbrella. We’ll cross our fingers for good weather, but storms are always possible
in southwest Virginia.
r Laptop. Laptops are required for online, advanced photography and advanced
design tracks. Because computer space is limited, laptops are strongly suggested for
all other tracks.
r Alarm clock.
Directions to Virginia Tech
PLEASE NOTE: The university will not assign a residence hall or parking lot for JCAMP until late spring. Once
Driving times to
that occurs, registrants will be mailed detailed directions, maps and a university parking pass to their home
Virginia Tech from...
n Take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp
Washington, D.C. 4 hours serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
n Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the
Richmond, Va. 4 hours signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-
Virginia Beach 5.5 hours access highway from I-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
n Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Business U.S. 460 — South Main Street,
Pittsburgh 5.5 hours exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg). Stay on U.S. 460
West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
Philadelphia 7 hours
n Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate
Charlotte 3 hours Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right, and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile
from U.S. 460 on the right.
Raleigh 4 hours
New York City 9 hours Helpful links
Virginia Tech’s campus guide provides general information for traveling and visiting.
Atlanta 6 hours http://www.vt.edu/where_we_are/campus_guide/index.html
Roanoke Regional Airport in Roanoke, Va., is served by major domestic airlines.
Nashville 7 hours
Newark, N.J. 8 hours The Smart Way Bus offers regularly scheduled service between Roanoke’s airport and Virginia Tech.
Charleston, W.Va. 2.5 hours The town of Blacksburg maintains helpful information for visitors.