Sovata Journalism Camp


The English Journalism Camp 2007 is a high school summer camp aimed at training Romanian students in the basics of news writing and reporting, promoting strong journalistic values, and motivating students to become leaders in their communities and to take the initiative to act on behalf of the public good.

Peace Corps Volunteers created a fun and rigorous learning environment at English Journalism Camp with a series basic news reporting and writing courses, including sessions on photojournalism, feature writing and media ethics. Afternoons were spent engaging in various interactive activities including a mock press conference, the publication of a camp newspaper, and several story assignments to be completed on deadline, simulating a real-world newsroom environment. In the evenings, professional Romanian and American journalists discussed the expectations, responsibilities, challenges and rewards of a career in news.

Peace Corps volunteers assisted the Teleki Education Center in hosting the camp over the course of six days. Twenty-seven students from across the country, most of whom did not have the option of taking journalism classes, engaged in a weeklong experience that will follow them for a lifetime. In general students developed their English communication, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities. In the short run, students will be able to use their new reporting skills to write quality articles and put out a high school newspaper. In the long run, students will learn how to serve the public good as active leaders and storytellers in their respective communities and influence the direction of their country in the future.