Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online Summer Camps: Broadcast Journalism for Teens

Application and payment deadline is at 4:00 p.m. EST the Thursday before the start of the program. Individuals who apply and/or pay past the deadline may be admitted on a case by case basis but may also experience a delay in receiving the necessary information to join the first class.

Camp Durations

  • 3-Week

Camp Schedules

  • Classes are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday.
  • Students meet 4-hours per day at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (EST)


  • Smart Phone with a camera
  • Filmic Pro app (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
  • Month-long subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro (additional student cost is approximately $31.49)
  • Laptop or desktop computer with minimum specs for editing
  • Recommended: External hard drive with 500 GBs (or more)

Ten years ago, NBC News approached the New York Film Academy to start an education program where aspiring broadcast journalists could acquire the real-world skill set necessary to thrive in broadcast TV, cable, and internet news. Now, we extend that same caliber of training to teens in our 3-Week Online Broadcast Journalism Camp.

Through study and hands-on practice, camp students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of digital journalism. This is accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration, hands-on production, and the students’ own work. Students study under our world-class faculty, whose work has been seen on local and national television as well as cable and digital platforms.

Each student produces two projects, shot with single-camera setups and edited on industry-standard editing software. This intensive workshop provides a strong introduction to necessary digital and journalism skills. Many of our camp graduates have gone on to further study or internships, which were greatly helped by the foundational skills they learned at the Academy.


3-Week Teen Broadcast Journalism Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 30 sessions, total 60 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • Brief content analysis of a TV newscast
    • Self-shot test footage
    • Edited test footage
    • 30-second voiceover outline and shot list
    • 30-second voiceover script
    • Completed 30-second Voiceover
    • 90-second news package outline and shot list
    • 90-second news package script
    • Completed 90-second news package

Class Descriptions

Broadcast Journalism – In this class, students learn the fundamental principles of news-gathering and digital production. Projects are introduced, viewed, and critiqued. Topics covered include producing and directing single-camera shoots, on-camera presentation, linking script copy with visuals, non-fiction storytelling, research, ethics, and broadcast standards.

Hands-on Camera – In this class, students learn the functions, operation, and use of smartphone video cameras, as controlled by the Filmic Pro camera app. Students are taught basic principles for a variety of shooting environments and conditions. They develop a strong understanding of camera menus and controls, shot composition and exposure, how to shoot sequences and the use of natural lighting.

Hands-on Audio – Students learn to record quality audio, using smartphones and ancillary equipment. 

Digital Production Workshop – In these teacher-supervised labs, the process of directing, shooting, and sound recording for digital news projects is put into practice. Each workshop is an opportunity for students to implement and examine the techniques they are learning in class in a controlled environment.

Editing – Students learn fundamental editing tools and techniques for nonlinear editing with industry-standard software. Students edit their own digital projects and are taught the key concepts underlying editing nonfiction material, both practical and aesthetic. They learn the visual language of TV news, how to edit sequences, TV news graphics, audio mixing and how to meet deadlines.

Production Meetings – Before each production, students meet with the Broadcast Journalism instructor in preparation for the upcoming project. Students are required to bring all preparatory materials to their production meeting. These may include storyboards, scripted material, location details and a shooting schedule.