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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: ThreeSixty Journalism Summer Camps
Sponsoring Institution: UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS

Main Contact
Name: Bao Vang
Title: Associate Director
Address: 2115 Summit Ave, Mail 5057
St Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 962-5269
Curricular area: Fine Arts
Grades Served: 9 , 10 , 11


ThreeSixty works. Students experience soft and hard skill building as short-term outcomes; college readiness, access and success as intermediate outcomes, and professional employment as a long-term outcome.

In simpler terms, ThreeSixty students experience enhanced high school performance, attend college and get good jobs. Research and data analysis on Boot Camps was conducted by Karen Westberg, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas and Cori Paulet, M.A. Gifted, Creative and Talented Education, and the results were clear: Students gain confidence and creativity in their writing. Of 76 high school seniors who have participated in ThreeSixty over the past four program years, all are enrolled in a college or university – from a rising sports reporter at the University of Southern California, to St. Thomas and Dougherty Family College in Minneapolis, to a journalism scholar at George Washington University. ThreeSixty alumni work in media around the country, including such recognizable outlets as WCCO, KARE, MinnPost, ProPublica and The Daily Beast. Recent internships for ThreeSixty alumni include MinnPost, Minnesota Public Radio, Pioneer Press, Best Buy, The Current and more. Recent alumni are also working at student newspapers at colleges and universities across the country.

ThreeSixty achieves important and outstanding results by providing high-quality multimedia opportunities, and with relevant partners and skilled volunteers to support those opportunities; by emphasizing college access and success, including leading college essay support and exclusive wraparound engagement by and with St. Thomas, its campus and its college access (admissions, financial aid, diversity and inclusion, etc.) staff to facilitate post-secondary inclusion at St. Thomas, Dougherty Family College or elsewhere; and by affording ThreeSixty students and alumni unparalleled networking opportunities from professionals in traditional and new media, marketing and communications agencies, and corpor


ThreeSixty’s intense training in research, writing, interviewing and critical thinking increases teens’ college readiness, and civic and social connections. Extensive engagement with the University of St. Thomas, its campus and its college access (admissions, financial aid, diversity and inclusion, etc.) staff result in an unmatched primer for post-secondary achievement.

Core programming activities include writing-intensive, multimedia journalism summer camps, as follows for 2019:

College Essay Boot Camps: Intensive one-week (40-hour) programming where students, with the help of volunteer professional writers, complete their college essays start to finish.

News Reporter Academy: This two-week summer camp introduces students to a variety of multimedia disciplines and includes an intensive reported-story practicum week. At the end of that week, students will have completed a reported story, all of which are published in ThreeSixty Magazine. Select stories are published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Digital Audio Storytelling Camp that gives students creative license to narrate, produce and share their college/personal essays through audio storytelling. Led by Dr. Peter Gregg, assistant professor Communication and Journalism, University of St. Thomas. Students develop media literacy skills (encoding and decoding), creative expression of narrative and artistic voice through audio storytelling, foundational technical skills to create a polished audio production, and the camp offers lightbulb-moment potential!

TV and Radio Broadcast Camps: In partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention and Padilla public relations, ThreeSixty's TV Broadcast Camp and Radio Broadcast Camp are advanced camps.

ThreeSixty’s journalism programming improves writing and communication skills, provides an immersive experience of life on a college campus, and enhances social skills both in and out of the classroom. Summer journal

Program Dates

Six weeks of camps total, as follows. Many students will participate in multiple weeks of camps. June 17 - 21 (one-week camp) June 24 - 28 (one week camp) July 8 - 12 and July 15 - 19 (two-week camp) July 22 - 26 (one-week camp) July 29 - Aug 2 (one-week camp)

Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes

Can students take online classes?

Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $500
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0