Program Overview

New for 2020! In two weeks, each team of 4 students will report, produce, write, shoot, edit, develop, and voice a video news feature story. It will have an open that creates curiosity, an informative heart, and a (potential) happy ending. Students will learn the difference between covering a story, and storytelling. Storytelling that connects the viewer to the subject. Stories that matter more to them because they are emotionally invested in the content, the characters, and how it affects their lives. The team of 4 students will also work on a 60 second Public Service Announcement that will help “sell” an idea for a charitable or social cause. Examples include: “Don’t Text and Drive”, “Vaping Kills”, and “Be Kind to Each Other”. They will use fellow students for actors, but the message will be truthful and compelling. Depending on the progress of the class, there is potential to add an additional video news feature story or PSA assignment.

  I still could not believe it! When I arrived, I instantly fell in love with the Syracuse University campus and energy.   -Adore E., Summer College student, 2018.

Program Objectives

  • To turn students into storytellers of the best broadcast journalism
  • Why journalism matters more than ever
  • Telling a story through writing, video, sound, and heart
  • Learn Adobe Premiere and smartphones for recording news video and sound
  • Techniques for a great interview which makes for a great story
  • What constitutes a story: how to find it, how to produce it, and how to complete it
  • How to build emotional impact and “gold coin” rewards for the viewer along the way

Learn more about Broadcast and Digital Journalism: TV News Storytelling:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Journalism is a deadline centric profession. If you arrive early you are on time, if you arrive on time you are late, and if you are late the door will be locked and you will have to knock for entry. I expect each student to work well with their fellow group memebers, as your group will be responsible for not one but two TV News centric stories. Within the two week span, you will be learning not only skills for TV News, but ethics, time management, and how to find a story. You will stay off your phones and laptops in class unless previously permitted. You will work with your assigned Instructional Assistant with as much respect as your professors.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 9am-12 noon. Typically: Professor Les Rose runs the mornings. The individual day is determined by the progress of the project. Mornings are spent learning how to find, shoot, write, and produce stories. As the story progresses and more skills are learned, the day by design changes, and students learn to appreciate a deadline.
    Noon-One Lunch time, with your team or as a group. Cafeteria or the places on Marshall street a block away. NOTE: some days you will be out on your shoots, and will have lunch-on-the-run. Just like real reporters and photojournalists!
  • 1p-4p Typically: Newhouse School chief Adobe Premiere Instructor Jason Kohlbrenner runs the afternoons. We start by reviewing the progress of the morning from the morning, looking at rough cuts of video and rough drafts of scripts.
  • 4p Class time done, but shooting and editing done in groups in most evenings.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

End Event

There will be an end event on Friday July 24th. This would occur on the final day between 1:00pm-4:00pm allowing time for parents to arrive and have lunch with their son or daughter if possible.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 24 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the end event. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Les Rose- Professor of Practice: Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Les Rose’s 38-year career in broadcast journalism included 22 years with CBS National News Network as a photojournalist and field producer. He spent seven years working with CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman on the series “Everybody Has a Story.”

Rose has been honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award and five Emmy Awards.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Jason Kohlbrenner- Supervisor of Production Operations & Adjunct Faculty: Television, Radio & Film

Based out of Syracuse, NY, Jason is an experienced media trainer and video post production specialist with over 15 years of experience working in documentary, television, live event production, and education. He is an enthusiastic and creative problem solver specializing in designing workflows, project support and coordinating tasks.

Day to day he spends his daylight hours troubleshooting & training folks on Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and AVID at Syracuse University. Interested in the ever changing landscape in the film / video production industry, Jason has begun to focus on workflow and navigating the sea of digital acquisition formats and how they jive with a variety of NLE’s and other audio, color & compositing software.

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