Boot camp is almost here!

We are so happy that our Student Journalist Boot Camp is back this year! 

This FREE program offers student journalists the chance to learn new skills and supplement what they’re learning in the classroom with practical workshops taught by working journalists currently employed in the St. Louis region. From the basics of reporting and writing to the most current technical tools, plus breakout sessions on investigative journalism, ethics, features, freelancing and photography, among others! The sessions are taught by actual working journalists with decades of experience, including Danny Wicentowski and Holly Edgell of St. Louis Public Radio, freelancers Ruth Thaler-Carter and Elizabeth Donald, Teri Maddox of the Belleville News-Democrat and more!

Attendees will be part of a mock press conference, where an actual police officer will present information about a case. Students will be able to ask questions, and will have a short period of time to write a story. A panel of journalists will judge the stories, and the best examples win Amazon gift cards!

A continental breakfast and pizza lunch will be provided free of charge. Advisors welcome! If you’re an advisor and would like to help out with judging the contest, please contact us at

Note: a $10 registration fee is charged upon signing up. At check-in, the student will have the option of having their fee refunded, or donating it to the program. If you need to cancel, please contact us via this site or at for a refund. No-call no-show forfeits the fee.