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July 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Write Boise through a journalist’s lens.

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Immerse yourself in the journalist’s life to learn about the different ways nonfiction writers can tell a story. You’ll visit nearby cultural attractions, parks, and Boise’s downtown in search of community events and information. The Cabin’s resident journalist will provide the writing tools you need to chronicle your findings in op-ed pieces, blog posts, and hard-hitting news reports.

This camp is for 7th – 9th grades. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm each day. During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.

Foci for Student Learning:

  • Reading news text critically to learn about craft
  • Working collaboratively as a newsroom
  • Pitching stories and refining story focus
  • 5 Ws of a news story
  • Writing the lead
  • Research and current events
  • Interviewing and asking smart questions
  • Fact-Checking
  • News vs. Features structure
  • Writing in authentic journalistic genres: blog post, hard news, profile, op-ed
  • Revision and editing for publication

Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:

  • What is nonfiction?
  • What is news?
  • Why practice journalism?
  • What is the role of a journalist?
  • Why is it important to know what’s happening in a community? In the world?
  • What would the world be like without journalism?
  • Where do we get our news?
  • How do journalists use new media to report?

Our ticketing system charges a $4.50 convenience fee for each camp purchased online. To avoid this fee, register by phone: 208-331-8000.


July 20, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Cabin
801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, 83702
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