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 interact closely and creatively with our residential and commuter campers. We value our team leaders highly. They collaborate 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 to report, write and create stories both on campus and on field trips to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Team leaders help students with everything from crafting an editorial vision to setting up interviews with a Pulitzer Prize-winning speaker to working on team leadership and dynamics. Team leaders help students plan and design their reporting trips both on campus and in the field. 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 their concerns 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 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 training and orientation on Friday, June 26 in San Francisco and on Saturday, June 27 at Stanford prior to our program start 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.

During week one (begins Monday, June 29), you’ll start working with your student team, including planning your own San Francisco and Silicon Valley field trips. You’ll help them pick themes, brainstorm stories and come together as an editorial team. You may spend an afternoon with students exploring sculpture at the Cantor Art Center, heading to the Computer History Museum to learn about the birth of tech, or preparing interview questions for a guest speaker later that day. Your own editorial skill and enterprise will be a key factor in how your student team comes together to cover and create stories.

During week two (begins Monday, July 6), the focus will shift to production and to our political reporting and climate science intensives. Prepare to help your students with the real deal — the work of revising, editing and publishing stories either online or in print, in a newsroom setting and on deadline. Your skills as a photographer, layout artist, writer, editor and AP style sleuth will be in play as we come together as a learning community to show what we know.

On your final Friday, July 10, you’ll be helping students prepare for our closing multimedia showcase and awards presentations that evening. Camp concludes on the morning of Saturday, July 11. Program staff will check students out of their rooms. You are free to depart as early as your travel plans require.  

Assistant program director Jordan Tichenor (with microphone) and Northwestern University journalism student 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

$3,000 for the June 26-July 11 staff training and program. On-campus shared dorm housing and dining at Stanford is provided at no charge.  

NBTB provides team leaders with a pre-loaded iPad and video equipment including a mobile media kit with microphones; however, team leaders are required to bring and use their own laptop computers, mobile phones, software and other tools they need in order to perform their editorial work.  

How to apply

Here is our team leader application. Got questions? Please feel free to email us at newsroombythebay@gmail.com.


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