Want to see the world, shape a few young minds and practice your journalism skills this summer? You’ve come to the right place.

We’re seeking highly motivated, energetic team leaders for our high school camp, June 28 to July 11, 2020, at Stanford University.

Team leader Kasey Carlson (center) and members of her NBTB 2018 news team, The Intercept. Carlson graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and was an editor for The Maneater, its award-winning student newspaper. She is legendary at NBTB for her ability to bake cupcakes and grill corn on deadline. Photo by NBTB staff.

A caring spirit, the ability to connect with young students, a solid sense of ethics and cutting-edge multimedia skills are the qualities we seek. If you’re practicing digital journalism in college or in a newsroom, and you have a passion for helping young people to do the same, we look forward to hearing from you.

Team Leaders — a key role

Team leaders are the anchors of our program — the people who interact most closely and creatively with our residential and commuter campers. We value our team leaders highly. They work with faculty to provide students with the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in their morning classes.

Team leaders should have solid journalism and multimedia skills, including experience in reporting and writing stories, a knowledge of social media and the ability to tell stories using photos, podcasts and videos in addition to text. Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, and the iPad are a plus, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms and products.

We also value demonstrated leadership experience in a prior high school newsroom or summer camp. 

What you’ll do

As a team leader, you’ll guide a news team of 10 students, who will work with you every afternoon and evening to report and write stories and to create photo and video content about campus events and guest speakers. Team leaders help students with everything from crafting an editorial vision to setting up interviews to working on team leadership and dynamics. Team leaders help students plan field trips in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. they also make sure we  cover the basics — that students make it to meals and classes on time, obey camp rules, come to us with any problems or worries, and stay safe both on and off campus.

See “A typical day,” “Pop-up projects” and “Publishing” on our homepage for more on our program and our students’ work.

Team leader Tyler Kraft hugs student Claire Chu, who won a Sharkie at NBTB 2018 for her tireless efforts in putting together and designing her team’s website. Team leaders select and award Sharkies, given to students who hunt for opportunities to excel at camp. Photo by NBTB staff.

Who you are

You’re passionate about journalism, you’re good at working in groups, you delight in fast-paced work (and don’t get rattled at the unexpected), and you can guide students creatively and ethically without taking away their ability to make decisions on their own. Experience in a newsroom is a plus, since it means that you’re already familiar with the culture of journalism that we try to instill — one that emphasizes the power of collaborative work over the personal glow of individual achievement.

If you’re a people person who can balance journalistic intensity with people skills, this job is for you.

Time commitment

You’ll begin with staff orientation on Friday, June 26 in San Francisco prior to our program start at Stanford on Sunday, June 28. If you are traveling from outside of the Stanford area, housing will be available for your Friday and Saturday night stays.

As a team leader, you’ll help check students with the basics of navigating their Stanford dorm rules and dining schedule, as well as guiding them as they break into news teams and pick themes and reporting plans.

You’ll begin working with your students on Sunday, June 28, including planning your San Francisco and Silicon Valley field trips. Beginning Monday, June 29, students attend classes in the morning, but you’ll pick up the conversation with them at lunchtime, working with your students during afternoon reporting time and into the evening, until the 11 p.m. bed check and commuter check-out.

On your final Friday, July 10, you’ll be helping students prepare their website for our closing multimedia showcase and awards presentations that evening. Camp concludes on the morning of Saturday, July 11, when you are free to depart.

Year 2 team leaders Jordan Tichenor (with microphone) and Ahlaam DeLange (right) introduce members of the Year 2 news team at the closing showcase in 2018. Photo by NBTB staff.

Compensation and housing/dining package

Summer 2020 compensation will be announced in January; meanwhile, please know that we value our team leaders and pay competitively.

Housing and dining on campus in our assigned dorm from Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 11 are included at no charge.

We will provide you with a pre-loaded iPad and video equipment including a mobile media kit with microphones; however, we ask that you bring and use your own laptop computer and mobile phone. Tickets, transportation and other expenses related to your team leader position are included.

How to apply

Our team leader application will be available in January. Questions? Please feel free to email us at newsroombythebay@gmail.com.


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