HSJI Camp Affects Student Journalism Futures

The High School Journalism Institute at Indianapolis University held a camp dedicated to developing knowledge of journalistic careers and giving real world elements.

“This is my second year at HSJI, and I am grateful for everything I’ve been able to learn,” Perry Meridian High School senior Diana Pyle said. “My skills have definitely strengthened and prepared me for my upcoming year as editor.”

Students attend two classes a day and are separated by classification of interests such as writing, photography and leadership, as well as attending morning and evening lectures on topics like ethics or design by professionals in the field. 

“I  strongly believe that this is a good camp and it can help younger journalists in the field…just for our lectures and even the people we meet,” Fishers High School senior Mya Ball said. 

The camp’s goal is to give students insights on opportunities schools cannot or do not provide. This is their 73rd year and while most pay $400, others are admitted through multicultural scholarships so the workshop tries to incorporate whoever shows passion in the subject. 

“HSJI has definitely affected my look on careers and I want to pursue a career in reporting,” Ball said. “HSJI has prepared me for that with both connections to others and building my own skills.”  

HSJI also provides scholarships to IU through the Media School typically given to seniors though application.

“I don’t regret coming; this is my second year coming and I wish I could come back again,” Pyles said, “The camp has only proven beneficial to me and I’m thankful for the education and experience the camp has provided me.”