WHYY Summer offers intensive multi-week experiences for teens finishing grades 9-12 and a spring break program for middle school students. The project-based programs provide immersive media-production experiences in which the participants work in teams to create original news or film productions in news.

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WHYY Summer Journalists Classes

WHYY Summer Journalists

Are you a high school student who has dreamed about being a reporter someday? Can you see yourself working for NPR or CNN? During this two-week hands-on journalism program, you'll develop real-world experience in 21st century reporting, from finding stories on your own "beat" to interviewing leads to writing and producing original news stories. Working with expert staff at WHYY and a small team of other students, you'll be out on the streets and in the student news room, shooting and editing video, producing audio content and telling great stories.

This class is for students who have completed 9th to 12th grades. Lunch is included.

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WHYY Summer Filmmakers Classes

WHYY Summer Filmmakers

Do you want to make movies? Are you a creative storyteller? Do you have dreams of going to Hollywood? Whether you're a Vine superstar or the next J.J. Abrams, take your skills to the next level during this three-week intensive filmmaking experience. You'll join other imaginative high school students in learning how to script, shoot, act and edit movies using WHYY's filmmaking equipment. By the end of this three-week session, you'll already have one credit to your name: your very own short film.

This class is for students who have completed 9th to 12th grades. Lunch is included.

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WHYY Summer Filmmakers Classes—Middle School

WHYY Summer Filmmakers—Middle School

Based on our popular summer program for high school students, the Middle School Filmmakers program covers all aspects of filmmaking: story creation, screenwriting, casting, location scouting, shooting, and editing. Students will work in teams as they produce original films in and around WHYY’s Independence Mall studios.

This class is for students who have completed 6th to 8th grades. Students are required to bring their own lunch.

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WHYY Spring Break Classes

WHYY Spring Break

If you're a middle school student interested in your school newspaper, or maybe even becoming a journalist when you grow up, WHYY Spring Break is for you! In this five-day introduction to journalism, you'll learn how to be both in front of and behind the camera, creating original news stories. Get hands-on experience in interviewing, writing, shooting and editing video, and more.

This class is for students in 6th to 8th grade. Students must bring their own lunch.

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News & Opportunities

Applications for scholarships for our Spring and Summer 2017 courses are now open at https://www.whyy.org/events/pmc_scholarships.php.

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FAQ: Information for Parents

Summer Filmmakers is capped at 18 kids. Summer Journalists is capped at 32 is two 16-student classrooms. Spring Break is capped at 16.

WHYY Summer is run by WHYY's education and news department. WHYY has been offering hands-on courses to teens since 2003.

The team is led by Craig Santoro, Director of Educational Programs, who has been running WHYY's youth media program since 2003. Craig has developed and managed award-winning summer camps, partnered with numerous schools to train teachers to use video in their classrooms and created video learning experiences for nonprofit organizations and area retirees. Craig is supported by an experienced staff of instructors who have years of expertise in both media and education.

For Summer Journalists and Spring Break, WHYY's award-winning reporters, producers and news directors have been partners in the creation of the program's curriculum. Over the course of each session, they will lead discussions, provide guidance on student stories and ensure the overall journalistic integrity of the students' work.

For Summer Filmmakers, the course is also taught by Steve Dixon and Sarah Milinski, Media Instructors at WHYY. Together they have more than 15 years' experience teaching young people to make movies. . Steve has taught video and audio production to children, teens and adults. A skilled videographer, editor and producer himself, Steve is also particular talented in sharing these skills with others. Sarah Milinski is a local filmmaker and youth media instructor. She has been teaching young people to produce their own videos for eight years and has been instrumental in expanding WHYY's programs into public schools.

All courses are held at WHYY, which is located at 150 N. 6th Street in Philadelphia on Independence Mall West across from the National Constitution Center. Students will also do field work in the surrounding neighborhoods of Chinatown, Old City and Society Hill/Washington Square West. Students will be supervised by a WHYY staff member when on assignment.

Parents can pick up and drop off students at WHYY's 6th Street entrance. There is a passenger loading zone in front of the American College of Physicians building just to the north of us on 6th Street, immediately after Race Street on the right. Students should arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. and will be waiting in the lobby of WHYY at 4:00 p.m.

Alternately, WHYY is also accessible by public transportation. Students taking SEPTA Regional Rail should get off at Jefferson Station (11th and Market). From there, they can walk five blocks east on Market Street and make a left on 6th Street. The building will be a block and a half down 6th Street on the left. Students can also take the Market-Frankford El to 8th Street. Once they've walked two blocks to 6th Street, they can follow the directions above.

Yes. WHYY members will receive $150 off the cost of the WHYY Summer courses. WHYY members will also receive a $75 discount on WHYY Spring Break courses.

Yes. There are a limited number of scholarships available, which will cover the full cost of attending WHYY Summer courses.

For more information on the requirements for our scholarships and to apply, please click here.

You may contact Craig Santoro, Education Director, at csantoro@whyy.org or 215-351-3318.

About WHYY's Public Media Commons

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY puts the power of media in the hands of anyone with a story to tell and helps all of us become more discerning media consumers. This ground-breaking new venture is named in honor of Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton, whose generous leadership gifts have helped move this project from idea to reality. With training programs for students and teachers, hands-on instruction for WHYY members with an interest in media and a facility that can host and record events for non-profits and business alike, Hamilton Commons opens new avenues of expression to the residents of the Philadelphia region.

The Public Media Commons is a physical embodiment of WHYY's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a hub of media literacy for the Philadelphia area, a gathering place for educators, a hands-on learning environment for students and a venue for performers and lecturers.

WHYY's Public Media Commons is located at 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Get directions »

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