May 10, 2013
News presentations on television, radio or the Web don’t simply “happen.” It takes a dedicated group of experienced men and women to present the day’s events in a clear, concise and objective manner.
At Temple University Ambler this summer, students ages 13 and 17 are invited to learn the skills needed to present media presentations both in front of and behind the camera.
Presented by Amy Caples, an Emmy-nominated reporter and 20-year veteran of radio and television news including NBC and CBS, the Multimedia Camp — part of Temple’s Summer Education Camp program — will provide participants an opportunity to “get hands-on experience in multimedia creation.” The camp will run each day at Ambler from July 22 to July 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I’ve been teaching at Temple since 2005, focusing on media performance such as voiceover techniques and a radio practicum, which utilizes Temple Ambler’s radio station,” said Caples, an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple. “In our department, there has been a lot of discussion about how to expand our offerings beyond the traditional classroom. Temple Ambler has this amazing existing camp structure and we’re grateful to now be a part of it.”
During her more than 20 years in broadcast news as an anchor and reporter, Caples was the co-anchor of the CBS-3 TV morning show in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2005. While at CBS-3, she covered breaking news throughout the region and managed reporting franchises on parenting and consumer issues. Prior to her time at CBS-3, she was a writer, reporter and anchor for KYW Newsradio. In 1994, she made the switch to television to launch the Delaware Valley’s first weekend morning newscast on CBS-3. Caples was recognized in 2011 with a Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from her department. In 2012, she was also awarded the prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award.
“This will be the first time I’ve been able to offer a media camp and I’m thrilled about what the summer will bring. There’s no experience necessary to take part in the camp, but we will take some time to determine the skill level of the students,” Caples said. “Some students are coming from high schools with very high grade media programs. For students will no background in multimedia, this will be a fun, safe way to learn new stuff and for students who have some experience, this will give them access to new technologies and people that will help them take their expertise to the next level.”
During the camp, students will produce stories using video, audio, and the Web. They’ll also research, shoot, write, and edit original content for multiple platforms while learning how to conduct interviews. According to Caples, campers will also take a trip to Temple’s Main Campus for a day at the TUTV studios.
“We’ll be using the resources around us — the campus, the gardens, the classes — to tell some great stories. We’ll be using high definition cameras, Final Cut Pro and more in addition to creating a Website where their multi-platform pieces will be accessible,” she said. “I hope our students come out this camp with an incredible interest in the industry and a real sense of accomplishment. For some students, I think this camp will be a way to help them get over some of their fears of this high level technology and that will open a lot of doors for them in high school, college and beyond.”
Now in its 24th year, Temple’s Summer Education Camp program is offered in June, July, and August as a series of one-week camps. A variety of full day and half day camp programs will be offered each week.
The summer camp season for 2013 will explore topics ranging from digital photography, science, writing, and Web site design to robotics, cartooning, and film and TV. “Jumpstart!” skills building camps focus on writing and math skills for kids ages 8 to 12. The activities for these camps are structured around the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). As several offered camps fill up fast, early registration is important.
For more information on the Temple University Ambler Summer Education Camp program or to register for camps, call 267-468-8500 or visit us online at www.ambler.temple.edu/camps.