ThreeSixty Journalism: What We Offer
ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, uses the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities. Through our various programming opportunities, ThreeSixty students:
- Practice active citizenship
- Report, write and edit like professionals
- Hone news judgment
- Sharpen storytelling
- Build confidence
- Expand horizons and learn about diverse populations
- Engage with media professionals and community leaders
- Learn real skills for college and the workforce
- Have fun in a unique environment
WHAT WE DO
- Summer camps: We offer a two-week, residential Intermediate Journalism Camp at St. Thomas that allows more experienced teens to finetune their journalism skills and get a taste of college life in dorms. Stories from our June campers are published in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and ThreeSixty’s fall magazine on deadline. Our Intro to Journalism Camp is a three-week July day camp at St. Thomas that exposes beginner students to interviewing, photography and writing on deadline. It includes newsroom tours, guest speakers and the opportunity for published work.
Click here for our general summer camp information. They’ll resume in 2015.
- Print magazine: Each quarter, ThreeSixty distributes a magazine of student-produced reported stories, essays, photographs and artwork. The magazine is distributed to roughly 200 middle and high schools, public libraries and youth organizations. It serves as a platform for teen voices to be heard and gives the community a glimpse into their lives and perspectives. In past issues, ThreeSixty has interviewed former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Sondra Samuels of Northside Achievement Zone, teen musician Zach Sobiech and artistic stalwarts Jeremy Messersmith, Brother Ali and Dessa. Cover topics range from teen prostitution and racial tensions to school safety protocols and religious affiliations.
Click here to read past issues of our magazine.
- Editorial board: Our all-important student braintrust, or where graduates of our school-year programs and summer camps come together to talk story ideas, plan our magazine and develop leadership skills. During the school year, editorial board students meet one Saturday a month to pitch and assign stories. Writers can be senior reporters, editorial board members or contributors, depending on commitment and skill level. Students are also paid for published work.
- ThreeSixty scholarship: Alumni of ThreeSixty programs are eligible to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to study journalism and communications at St. Thomas. One student is picked each year following an application and interview process.
Click here for more information on how to be a strong applicant.
- Fundraising: Our November dinner and fundraiser is the backbone of financial support for ThreeSixty programming, ensuring that students can continue to tell teen stories that matter. At the event, students serve as the public face of ThreeSixty while networking with media professionals and board members. This year’s featured speaker is Eric Deggans, media critic at NPR and author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.”
Click here for details about this year’s fundraiser and guest speaker.