New to Newsroom by the Bay? The best introduction to our summer multimedia program begins here ... with our students' work.
Before you apply, a few basics.
Our directors and teachers are award-winning educators and journalists. Our team leaders are among the best college journalists in the U.S. and abroad. Guest speakers are professional journalists and authors with insights on new media. See “About Us” for more on our team.
Passionate. Purposeful. Playful. You have tons of journalism experience, or maybe none at all. You believe that critical thinking matters and that telling true stories makes the world better. You’re in U.S. or equivalent secondary grades 10-12 (ages 15-18). Click “Apply” to get going.
Our program blends journalism basics with 21st century digital literacy and multimedia training. We’ll help you become a better storyteller, team member and leader; inspire you to launch or improve a journalism program at your school; and offer you a chance to experience one of the most beautiful university campuses in the world.
Great teachers, great content. A room full of toys — iPads and tripods and inflatable sharks (you’ll see). Field trips, to places so beautiful they’ll take your breath away, but take notes anyway. Team leaders who get you and push you. Team spirit. Journalism movies. Ice cream. See “Testimonials” for more.
The world’s second-biggest college campus, Stanford has first-class museums, libraries, sports facilities, and sunshine that just won’t quit. San Francisco is an hour away and Silicon Valley is next door. We stay in Stanford dorms and enjoy award-winning Stanford Dining. We also fountain hop and catch fireworks over Stanford Stadium! See “Dorms, Dining and Student Needs” at right for more.
Housing and/or dining, materials, equipment rental, transportation and field trip ticket costs all are included in the program fee. Residential students pay $2,745 ($200 discount if paid by Feb. 1). Commuters pay $1,545, including welcome and showcase dinners plus lunch each day. See our “Payment” page for step-by-step instructions.
See our Frequently Asked Questions and Program in the main menu for more information.
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Newsroom by the Bay has a tradition of inviting guest teachers who are working journalists and industry veterans to give students an up-close look at the profession they’re practicing now and considering as a career. This year’s guest teachers will include Bruce Koon, a pioneering journalist and media manager who was at ground zero for many […]
This year as in previous years, we’re grateful to have seen strong demand for our journalism program. Our April 15 payment deadline found us with some students still in the process of applying and few spaces to offer. However, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve secured an additional 10 spaces for residential or commuter students. […]
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If you’re coming to us from beyond the Stanford area, it may be more convenient for you to arrive on Saturday, June 29, prior to our program start on Sunday. In which case, we have you covered. Our Early Arrival Program includes a campus tour, tickets to the Saturday night soccer game at Stanford stadium, […]
Our Summer 2019 application is live and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities to come, June 30 to July 7, 2019, at Stanford University. If you’re a rising 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade high school student and you get why journalism matters to a free and fair democracy, we want to meet […]
By Hannah Jannol and Matthew Asuncion NBTB 2018 Counselors-In-Training Eight teams. Eight websites. Countless articles, videos, photos, story maps and op-eds. These were all up on screen for over 70 students and their parents during the 2018 Newsroom by the Bay showcase, held July 7 at Stanford University. The showcase was the culminating opportunity for […]
By Hannah Jannol NBTB 2018 Counselor-In-Training Nineteen children are shot in America every day. Three of those incidents turn out to be fatal, on average. Akoto Ofori-Atta says this is precisely why she covers gun violence in the United States. Ofori-Atta is the senior editor of The Trace, a single-issue news source founded in […]
Students at Newsroom by the Bay are taught by some of the nation’s top journalism educators. They have the opportunity to meet and learn from professional and college media guest speakers. And they practice what they learn using the latest digital tools. Our program blends tried-and-true journalism curricula with 21st century digital literacy and multimedia training.
Our goals are to:
- improve students’ writing and critical thinking skills;
- inspire them to jumpstart or to otherwise improve their schools’ journalism programs — or to join a publication staff in college;
- offer students a chance to experience life on one of the most beautiful university campuses in the world.
We believe that students learn best by doing, and that writing and editing stories works best when students are addressing real world issues for a real audience. We also emphasize the spirit of the newsroom — the ability to learn together, make ethical decisions together, push each other to the highest level, and experience the laughter and fun of true collaboration.
Students in both Year 1 and 2 programs attend morning classes, work on stories during afternoon lab time, and attend guest speaker presentations or special events each evening.
Year 1 program
The goal of our Year 1 program is to teach students the journalism basics that will help them to begin or improve programs at their own high schools. Accordingly, students in our Year 1 program study journalism basics in the morning and put their new knowledge to practice during afternoon clinics and team labs.
Morning class topics include reporting and writing basics; online news and headline writing; social media; hyperlocal reporting; alternative/ short-form story structures (blogs, podcasts, galleries, polls); introduction to digital storytelling tools; elements of multimedia feature packages; crowdsourcing; and working with School Newspapers Online websites and WordPress. Students take photos, capture and edit video, write stories and post content using iPads.
A midweek reporting expedition to San Francisco will include city highlights and a visit to a local media company. Options include social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Storify, as well as local newspapers such as Stanford Daily, the Palo Alto Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
During afternoon lab, students take advantage of reporting opportunities, such as a visit to the Hoover Institute’s history archives or the Rodin Museum. Using their iPads, students report, write, edit and post text, photo and video stories, working closely with their team leaders.
For a look at what students produced at NBTB 2014, click on our Student Work and Websites page. Here also is our end-of-camp story on our multimedia showcase.
Year 2 program
The thrust of our new Year 2 program is to help students to put their multimedia creativity to work in the real world by exposing students to real-life editors and news organizations.
Advanced students spend three days in morning master classes with professional working journalists, learning in-depth about editorial writing, science writing, photography, videography, newsroom diversity and freelance outlets.
Year 2 students also go on field trips to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which are centered on sit-down discussions with editors at leading news organizations. Students have the opportunity to pitch stories, develop personal contacts, and receive feedback on their ideas.
Afternoons are lab time for students to pursue their research and writing. Team leaders and guest editors also help students learn how to pitch and submit their work to local and national news providers, such as Patch, the Stanford Daily, America’s Wire and New America Media. Typically, students participating in this program leave with one to two stories suitable for professional publication.
Students at NBTB 2014 produced individual websites as well as The Globe, a team reporting project based on a visit to the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in San Francisco. Our end-of-camp story also showcases their efforts.
Breaking it down: a typical day @ NBTB
- 7:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast at Lagunitas Dining Hall on campus
- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Newswriting basics (Year 1) or tablet publishing (Year 2)
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch break
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Check-in and planning time with team leaders
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Team lab time
- 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m — Downtime
- 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. — Dinner (and ice cream!)
- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Guest speakers
- 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Team time; jazz concert or baseball game; downtime
- 11 p.m. — Lights out/bed check for residential students
Our evening guest speaker series features professional journalists and news entrepreneurs who have a front row seat on how journalism is evolving. Topics we’ve covered include the power of story and emerging multimedia platforms; student press law and the Web; libel, privacy and photo ethics; and how to create and maintain a digital footprint.
“Thank you for a great experience. Not only did I learn a lot but I was also impressed by how smoothly the program was run. I participated in camps before and this experience was by far the best. I look forward to sharing what I learned with my school newspaper staff.”Zachary Mora, Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, California
“I really loved my experience at NBTB. I learned a lot; it was fun, independent and hard work. I also enjoyed meeting new people from different areas and backgrounds. The speakers and classes were fascinating and afternoon work was challenging and collaborative.”Greta Zimmer, New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois
“NBTB was an amazing experience. I learned so much and ventured out of my comfort zone by interviewing people and exploring new parts of journalism. I also met so many amazing people and new friends. I’m excited to take what I learned back to my school publication!”Delaney Nelson, Barrington High School, Barrington, Illinois
“A tremendous thank you to your wonderful team for giving Zach (Berman) a phenomenal experience — one that he will never forget. He learned so much, made incredible connections and loved everything about your program.”Caryn Berman, parent, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
“NBTB opened my mind on journalism, my soon-to-be major. We went to San Francisco to do multiple stories and it was truly inspirational. From just that week, I immediately knew that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”Kaleb Reyes Clyde, Winslow High School, Winslow, Arizona
“I just wanted to thank you for a great experience and all the things I learned. I’m currently doing great in my yearbook class and I couldn’t help but to remember you guys. I couldn’t have done what I’m doing now without the skills I obtained in this program. Thank you!”Helen Delgado, North Salinas High School, Salinas, California
“I just wanted to say thank you for everything. I learned so much in one week about journalism and I can honestly say that I think I found my calling … I will (hopefully) be back next year for Year 2. I already have tons of ideas!”Katie Leslie, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta, Georgia
“Thank you so much for a Newsroom by the Bay experience that I will never forget! During my 10 days at Stanford, I learned so much about journalism, people and myself. I learned that the friends and connections you make now will impact your life forever, and I’m lucky to have made such great friends and connections at NBTB this year.”Teagan Sebba, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
“On behalf of the other guys and myself, I’d like to thank you both for an amazing week. Personally, I can say that here, I’ve found many of the answers I’ve been looking for. Our website barely had any views, and I never knew why. Coming to NBTB and meeting people who were super-energetic and would always challenge my way of thinking about how journalism works today was amazing.”Telmo DeMorais, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark