A Day In The Life of a Journalism Camp Counselor!

The whiteboard at the entrance of the school. (Photo taken by: Noah)

The whiteboard at the entrance of the school. (Photo taken by: Noah)

Noah and Amanda

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Did you know that Da Vinci Communications is offering a journalism camp for the first time? Yes, that’s right, the school is offering the program this summer! In the journalism camp, participants learn about the importance of journalism and how it informs people about events occurring around the globe. Campers are educated on how to interview others, generate open-ended questions, read and write articles, and learn how to format an effective report.

Sarah Horne is the journalism advisor for this camp and holds that position throughout the school year as well. Geovani Espinoza is a student at Da Vinci Communications, former Social Media Editor and now Managing Editor for the Vitruvian Post, and a counselor for the camp.

Horne said that during journalism camp, students write their own news articles about summer programs offered at Da Vinci.

“Well, I was lucky to have two amazing seniors who created the camp curriculum as part of their senior project.”

When asked what her favorite aspect of teaching camp is, she tells that her most-liked part is inspiring youth to appreciate journalism and to potentially become journalists someday in the future.

“Journalism is more important in the United States now than ever. We need good and accurate journalists,” said Horne.

The next interviewee was Geovani Espinoza, a counselor at the Da Vinci journalism summer camp. He told of his experience volunteering in the program, his inspiration for helping out, challenges, and teaching the curriculum. First, we asked him about what encouraged him to volunteer as a counselor for the camp.

“I’ve always liked volunteering. I volunteered last summer to help with the computer science camp, and I’ve gone to help with the freshman overnighter twice,” said Espinoza.

Espinoza was then asked about the challenges he faced while volunteering as a counselor for the journalism camp’s first year. He replied, “I think the most challenging part is in a sense relearning everything because it’s kind of like we have everything down and we know we have our own shortcuts and things, and it’s kind of like we have to go back and remember how we were taught and to reteach it again and to make sure to be able to teach you guys.”

He says that his favorite aspect is the fact that the campers are enjoying the program, unlike previous experiences of his. He states that this camp is a faster version of the regular class held throughout the school year.

Students enjoying the program. (Photo taken by: Amanda)

Literature for the journalism class held during the school year. (Photo taken by: Noah)

James Skinner, one of the curriculum developer working. (Photo taken by: Amanda)

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