ThreeSixty Journalism: What We Offer
ThreeSixty Journalism, a non-profit program 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, our 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 fine-tune their journalism skills and get a taste of college life in dorms. Stories from our June campers are published in the StarTribune, Pioneer Press and ThreeSixty 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 2014.
- 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 Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Sondra Samuels of Northside Achievement Zone, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, teen musician Zach Sobiech and Minneapolis band Cloud Cult. Cover topics range from teen prostitution and marijuana attitudes to school safety protocols and the prevalence of technology.
Click here to read past issues of our magazine.
- NewsTeam: A free 8-to-10-week after-school class held two times a year (fall and spring) at the Minneapolis Central Library. For students who can’t attend our summer camps, this is an opportunity to learn about journalism in two-hour blocks and explore their writing potential for our print magazine.
Click here for information about NewsTeam.
- Editorial board: Our all-important student brain trust, 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 paid for published work.
Click here to meet our 2013-14 senior reporters and editorial board.
- YourTurn essay contest: Each magazine, YourTurn provides Minnesota high school students with a forum to comment on important issues affecting today’s youth. Teachers are more than welcome to submit essays from an entire class. Cash prizes are awarded to winners — $100 for first place!
Click here for our current question, along with past essay prompts and winners.
- ThreeSixty scholarship: Alumni of ThreeSixty after-school and summer 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 was Harris Faulkner, a six-time Emmy winner and anchor of Fox Report Weekend.