Coming this Saturday: SPJ Student Boot Camp!

Calling student journalists! Come learn from the pros at the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists’ Student Boot Camp! Sessions include investigative reporting, the skills you need to land a job, online journalism, making it as a freelancer, research and the art of interviewing, real-world journalism ethics… and even a mock press conference, where you’ll interview an actual spokesman, write a story and compete for prizes! The sessions are taught by actual working journalists with decades of experience doing the job you’re training for – come learn from them!

The all-day session will take place Saturday, Sept. 23 beginning at 8 a.m. at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, co-hosted by the SIUE Mass Communications department and The Alestle.

Who can attend the SPJ Boot Camp?
* High school students considering a career in journalism.
* College students studying journalism or mass media subjects.
* Newsroom interns.
* Recent graduates.

Realistic newsroom experience

Boot camp participants will get a real life flavor of the stresses and demands of a newsroom. They will attend a press briefing, and, under a tight deadline, research, write and submit a completed story.

Entries will be judged by a panel of professional journalists. Authors of the top three stories win an Amazon gift card.

How much does it cost?

The Boot Camp is FREE. However, there is a $10 pre-registration fee. Those who pre-register and attend the boot camp will have the option of having the $10 returned or donating it to the St. Louis SPJ Scholarship Fund. Running late? You can email your registration form to Tammy Merrett (see below) and pay your fee online here! (Yes, it can still be refunded to you.)

Included: a continental breakfast and pizza lunch! 

For more information, contact Tammy Merrett at or Elizabeth Donald at Sign up now!

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