FAQs

When is the workshop?
The 2012 workshop is June 17 to 27. Students arrive on a Sunday and are picked up by their parent or guardian on Friday, June 22 to spend a weekend relaxing at home. Students come back on Sunday for two more production days and a beach day followed by an awards ceremony Wednesday evening.

How do I apply?
You can apply using the forms provided on the “Apply” tab at the top of the website. For more information, email ccnmaworkshop@gmail.com.

How much does it cost to attend?
The program is 100 percent free for students accepted to the program thanks to our generous sponsors and volunteers.

Is it an overnight camp?
Yes. Students are required to stay in the dorms for the duration of the workshop. Please do not apply if you know you have conflicts during the program.

I got in. What should I bring?
Students should bring bedding or a sleeping bag, toiletries, a towel and any other items they want to be comfortable in the dorm rooms. There is no need to bring money, but there are shops on campus from which students may purchase snacks. You can bring food, but the workshop will provide all meals.

What should I wear?
Students should bring at least two outfits that are business appropriate. This means collared long-sleeve shirts for the gentlemen and equally nice clothes for the ladies. Most of the time, students can dress casually, but the business attire is important when going out on assignments. Make sure to bring flip flops for the showers and comfortable walking shoes.

Can I bring my car?
No. We understand that the Wednesday awards ceremony can make it difficult for parents (particularly those in Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties) to pick up their students. Contact us in advance and we can work something out.

Should I bring my laptop/camera/iPad/etc.?
You are welcome to bring any and all of your electronic devices. However, the workshop and PLNU are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

How about our cell phones?
Cell phones are allowed, but be warned: The reception at PLNU is terrible for all cell phone providers except for AT&T. Parents will be given a list of emergency contact numbers on the first day of the workshop if they need to get a hold of you.

Do you give scholarships?
YES. Students compete for scholarships throughout the duration of the workshop. The number of scholarships awarded varies each year.

Who sponsors the program?
Members of CCNMA organize the program, which is hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University. The primary sponsor is the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund with additional support coming from other local news organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists’ San Diego Chapter, the Asian American Journalists Association, the San Diego Association of Black Journalists, the San Diego Press Club, the San Diego Union-Tribune and NBC 7/39.


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