Loyola University Chicago
School of Communication
High School Digital Storytelling Workshop
Sunday, June 19 – Friday, June 24, 2016
Check back frequently for updated information or contact Meghan Ashbrock for more information.
How can I apply for the workshop?
Applications are available online here.
Please note that only online applications will be accepted. You will first be asked to provide some biographic information. Upon submission of this information, you will receive two emails – the second email provides information on how you can upload your personal essay and your writing sample. Please follow these directions. Once you’ve successfully uploaded these documents, you are all set.
When are applications due?
Applications are due Friday, March 11, 2016 at midnight. We will inform participants of admission decisions by mid-April.
Who is eligible for the workshop?
We will accept current sophomores and juniors (students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall of 2016). No specific media experience is required, but a strong interest in communication (writing, journalism, film, etc.) is heavily considered. We look for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, geographic location, schools attended, and interest in communication.
What does the week look like?
Here’s just a small sampling of activities/lesson/field trips throughout the week:
- Lessons on reporting, video and audio from SOC expect faculty/instructors
- DJing on WLUW, Loyola’s radio station
- Exploring Chicago neighborhoods like Chinatown and Pilsen
- Visiting Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus
- A trip to the John Hancock Observatory
- Using state-of-the-art equipment and software
- Producing a newscast in the School of Communication’s Convergence Studio
- Attending area attractions or events (in the past, we’ve been to Movies in the Chicago Park District; a visit to a White Sox game; behind-the-scenes tours of local news stations, and more!)
- Living the life of a School of Communication student – taking classes, living in the residence halls, learning from faculty, producing media content
- And much more!
How much does the workshop cost?
The workshop costs just $300 to attend (valued at $1000 per student) and includes accommodation for five nights and all meals in our Water Tower Campus living space, all instruction and materials, the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment in Loyola’s own Convergence Studio, and admission to local Chicago events. Come learn, work, and live with the School of Communication this summer!
What time should I arrive on Sunday?
Registration and room check in begins at 5 p.m on Sunday, June 19, 2016. We’ll meet you in the lobby of your residence hall at the below address where you’ll check immediately into your room for the week.
Loyola University Chicago
26 E. Pearson | Chicago, IL | 60611
Immediately following check-in, parents are invited to gather across the street in the School of Communication to meet our dean and other camp staff.
*Please note that due to other conferences, early check in will not be available. Please arrive at 5 p.m. A brief welcome from our dean and workshop staff will begin at 6:00 p.m in the School of Communication at 51 E. Pearson (across street from residence hall.) Please check in at Baumhart Hall first and staff will direct families to the SOC.
*Also, please note that in order to facilitate a successful workshop, there will not be “down time” for students to run errands, etc. Therefore, please plan on bringing everything you might need for the week on Sunday, including all toiletries, medication, and the like.
How do I get there?
I’m coming from out of town. Do you have hotel recommendations for my family?
If your parents or family will be coming from out of town, here’s a few hotels in the area to check out. We also recommend the Knickerbocker Hotel at 163 E. Walton, a few short blocks away from workshop location. A quick Orbitz check might locate the best deals – search for “Michigan Avenue,” “Magnificent Mile,” or “Water Tower” for locations closest to the workshop site. Contact Meghan Ashbrock at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional hotel information.
What should I bring?
The following items are provided in your lodging: pillow, pillowcase, blanket, bottom and top sheet, bath towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo and lotion. Bring enough clothes for the week – we’ll be outside and active for the entire week so dress comfortably. Feel free to bring a nicer outfit for the showcase on Friday.
The School of Communication is providing accommodations, meals, admission to nightly activities, a CTA pass for public transportation, and a High School Digital Storytelling t-shirt, drawstring bag and an SOC water bottle.
We recommend that students bring a small amount of cash for the week should emergencies arise. This is not a requirement, but some students may feel more comfortable having cash on hand.
What is the theme for the workshop?
This year’s theme will be “Exploring Chicago’s Neighborhoods.” Chicago is a world-class city made up of dozens of diverse communities, languages and cultures. From Chinatown to Pilsen to Greektown, we’ll meet individuals and discover areas with rich and unique histories and cultures.
What is the schedule for the week?
For a sample schedule of the week, see here. Stay tuned for a full schedule on this site.
What forms do I need to turn in by April 24?
You must turn in four (4) medical release/emergency contacts forms; complete the $150 payment online; and turn in your t-shirt size. They were emailed to you with acceptance letters. If you need an additional copy, please email or call Meghan. **Please share your tshirt size by April 24th as well.
With whom will I share a room?
Students will be housed in apartment style dorms in Baumhart Hall. Four students will be assigned to an apartment, separated by gender. Female students will be housed with female students and male students will be paired with male students.
Students will be accompanied in Baumhart Hall by Loyola undergraduate student mentors of the same sex. These student mentors are School of Communication students studying film, journalism and communication.
When in the open house?
Families and parents are invited to join us for a closing ceremony and showcase on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Join us for light refreshments and a showcase of the media students created over the week.
School of Communication
51 E. Pearson | Chicago, IL 60611
Who will be teaching/leading us?
School of Communication faculty, staff and students are thrilled to spend the week with you, guiding you around the city of Chicago and honing your digital media skills.
Dean Don Heider, Dean, School of Communication
Eleni Kametas, Manager, WLUW 87.8 FM
Aaron Greer, Director of the Film and Digital Media program & Associate Professor
John Slania, Associate Dean, Journalism Instructor
School of Communication undergraduate students
Meghan Ashbrock, Workshop Manager
Who can I contact with questions?
Please contact Meghan Ashbrock at email@example.com or 312.915.6972 with additional questions.