Journalism camp in MI

Received this info via email:

I am in charge of the journalism program at a Christian university in Michigan.

I was wondering if you might be able to help me communicate an opportunity regarding a residential summer high schoolers’ journalism/writing camp at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Illinois Christian home schooling parents with whom you might be acquainted in your group?

It is the 10th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute, which runs from July 22-27. During the camp students:
•             Learn how to interview for a story
•             Learn how to write a human interest story
•             Then actually write one or more stories
•             Learn the basics of digital still camera photography
•             Actually take photographs to illustrate the stories

Students who were 8th-, 9th-, 10th- 11th- or 12th-graders this past school year are eligible to apply to attend the 10th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute.

More institute details can be seen at:

At the end of the week, students’ articles and photographs are compiled into an actual newspaper that rolls off of a printing press; and students bring a bundle of newspapers home to show proof of their work to family, friends and schoolmates back home.

One of our institute’s instructors, a dedicated Christian, Russ Pulliam, has home-schooled his children with his wife, and he himself is associate editor/columnist for the Indianapolis Star. He has been coming up to Grand Rapids, Mich., for several years now to lead a couple of the writing sessions and is very good at it.

If you provide me with your email address, I can email you more information about the camp.

We typically have a number of home school students attend our institute and many years we have had students from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, California and Michigan. I would love to have a good contingent of home schoolers attend from Illinois this summer.

While the regular camp cost is $325, I am offering a special discounted rate of $275 to any Illinois home school student who registers and pays in full by/before July 6, 2012.

In the past, some families have driven their child to our institute, got them settled and unpacked in the dormitory and then went camping themselves while their child enjoyed CJI. Just an idea. We provide 24-7 adult oversight of the students in our charge during the week of camp.

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have … I’m most easily reached by email or by cell at: 616.835.5574, as I’m not in my university office very much during the summer.

Can you help spread word of this camp with your fellow home school families in your region?

In Christ,

Alan D. Blanchard, A.B.D.
Executive Director CJI |Assoc. Professor/Director Journalism Dept.
Cornerstone University Journalism Institute
1001 E. Beltline Avenue NE |Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone 616.222.1504 | Fax 866.910.7320
10th annual CJI – July 22-27, 2012 |writing and photography high school summer camp