July 11th - 12th, Allendale Campus, GVSU


Learn professional TV & Radio broadcasting skills

The 2023 Nelson Broadcasting Camp is a 2-day experience offering high school students an opportunity to learn TV and radio broadcasting through hands-on activities. Campers will learn the basics of broadcasting in a safe and welcoming environment that includes the use of professional equipment and facilities. The camp is led by professors who are scholar-practitioners with decades of experience in television, radio, and digital media. These professors will be assisted by highly trained GVSU students, volunteers, and high school teachers from the greater Grand Rapids Area. This year's camp will be held on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. Broadcasting Camp is made possible by a grant from the Robert Nelson Foundation, and by generous support from the GVSU School of Communications and the Multimedia Journalism Program. The Multimedia Journalism Program is an award-winning program in the School of Communications at GVSU.

student operating studio camera


Sponsored by The Robert Nelson Foundation and Grand Valley State University

Where on campus?

GVSU Allendale Campus - Kirkhof Center. Please go to first floor lobby for check-in.

The TV Broadcasting Sessions are in Room 94 (basement level) TV studio.

The Radio Broadcasting Sessions are in The Whale Radio suite (basement level).

What kind of camp?

This is a day camp only, no overnight, students must be able to commute or arrange for daily transportation.

What date & time?

July 11th and 12th, 2023. Check in is at 8:30 am in Kirkhof lobby. Sessions go to 4 pm both days.

How much does it cost?

This years camp is subsidized by the Robert Nelson Foundation, so a $20 non-refundable deposit holds your spot. Lunch and a free camp T-shirt included!

2 students being DJs

Learn what it takes to be in...

Radio Broadcasting

• You will learn how internet and broadcast radio stations work, and why radio is still so popular as a media outlet. • You will learn how to be a DJ from a former Chicago radio host, and learn what it takes to program a radio station. In the process, you will learn how to operate professional broadcast radio equipment, and what it takes to present yourself on air! • Do you love listening to podcasts? You will learn how podcasting works, how to prepare for a podcast, and what it takes to produce a successful podcast series - you might be surprised at what you learn!

Student in a TV studio

Learn studio production in...

Television Broadcasting

• Have you dreamed of being a news anchor, a meteorologist, or a talk show host on live TV? Maybe you want to start your own YouTube Channel and need to know how to present yourself to your subscribers - no worries, we've got you covered! • You will also learn the professional roles of a producer, director, camera operator, audio engineer, and floor director. • Along the way, you will learn how to use professional studio cameras and compose terrific shots! • You will learn how to operate TV studio equipment like a teleprompter, an audio mixer, and a video switcher. • Finally, you will learn how to set up studio lighting, mic talent, and cue on-air performers.

Registration is OPEN!
Registration Dates: May 2, 2023 - June 30, 2023

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