IPF/EIU High School Journalism Camp

The Illinois Press Foundation/Eastern Illinois University High School Journalism Workshop is an 11-day residential program that provides students an intimate look at journalism as a career. The dates of the 2019 camp have not yet been set.

The goal is to educate students about the journalism profession, including approaches by modern, digital newsrooms. The workshop introduces students to the complete process of publishing news: gathering and validating information, substantiating and using multiple sources, writing news, editing, designing, and production. In addition, students are exposed to the concepts of news literacy and how to differentiate and establish fact from fiction in today’s sometimes frenetic, rush-to-report news environment.


(L to R) High school students Anahi Mosquera, Kaitlyn Waynick, Zach Price, Tim O’Leary (back), Jeromel Lara (front),  Cassie Sutton, Isabel Taylor, Jack Dugan, De’Jon McAdory, Taylor Trimble, Rhaya Truman, Megan Bachman, Cheryl Chen and Jimeya Mayes attend the Illinois Press Foundation/Eastern Illinois University 11-day 2018 High School Journalism Camp from June 19 to 29, 2018. Students spent their time at the EIU campus learning from journalism faculty and professional journalists, then went on mini-internships. Penny Weaver (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Mattoon), Jim Rossow (The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana), Greg Bilbrey (Robinson Daily News), Chris Coates (Herald & Review, Decatur) and Jeff Long (Effingham Daily News) hosted the interns.