Boot camp is this Saturday!

We’re all looking forward to this Saturday’s Student Boot Camp, a day of workshop sessions with working journalists teaching the real work they do every day. We’ve got a great roster of speakers and a lot of students signed up for J-school in a day!

Learn about investigative reporting, research, freelancing, social media and copy editing, and so much more, all of it in a behind-the-scenes perspective. Then participate in a mock press conference with a real police officer, and write a story about the “incident” to compete for gift cards!

This year’s speakers include Danny Wicentowski of the Riverfront Times; Kae Petrin of St. Louis Public Radio; Carl Green of the St. Louis Labor Tribune; freelancers Kathleen Lees and Lynn Venhaus; and St. Louis SPJ president Elizabeth Donald, formerly of the Belleville News-Democrat. Our guest police officer will be Chief Chris Conrad of the Highland Police Department.

Best of all, it’s FREE. There is a $10 deposit per person, which will be refunded upon arrival by request (or may be donated to the chapter scholarship fund if you wish). Breakfast and lunch are provided. It’s not too late to sign up! (We can always run out for more pizza.)

The program takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 in Dunham Hall of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, co-hosted by the SIUE Mass Communications Department and the Alestle. Thanks to all our partners for helping to make this happen!

Watch the event on Facebook, but be sure to register on EventBrite to be counted!

Psst. We always need volunteers! Can you help us help the next generation? Please contact us at!

Holly Edgell speaks to the 2016 SPJ Student Boot Camp about the wonders of Google Tools

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