USM Hosting Media Boot Camp for High School Students

Mon. 07/11/2022 – 1:30 PM | From: David Tisdale

A collaboration between the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Communication, the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB), and the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association (MSPA) brings Broadcast Boot Camp back to the USM Hattiesburg campus a second year. Programming for the event is scheduled now through July 14 and provides, at no cost to sophomores, juniors and seniors, hands-on experience in creating digital and television news and information, as well as introductions to various career options in all aspects of broadcasting and production.

Through this event, the coalition seeks to identify underserved high school students who have an interest in and would benefit from programming that exposes them to the skills needed for potential career options in media and broadcasting. Media industries face a growing shortage of expertise as the explosion of social media and other digital platforms demands increasingly sophisticated content, with the broadcasting industry in particular in need of talent, technology and marketing expertise to serve large audiences across multiple platforms.

The objectives of Boot Camp are:

* Provide students with the opportunity to create digital packages, primarily for television and web presentation.

* Expose students to the skills needed for expanding careers in media, including news, sales, social media, and a variety of digital production methods.

*Provide homeschoolers with a one-year MSPA membership, which includes free entry to all statewide “Best of Mississippi” television contests.

* Provide participants with ongoing relationships with USM School of Communication faculty and administrators to facilitate their transition into academic environments and options.

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