FastForward Adventure Reporters Camp helps students learn and develop writing/interviewing skills, exciting opportunities abound! Campers will interview noted personalities like Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, visit the SF Giants, the Infineon Raceway, YouTube, Google, Pixar, and more! They will learn to assemble and create FastForward stories on state-of-the-art equipment. Journalism campers will conduct four interviews per week and learn in a fun atmosphere, developing interviewing and writing skills, and learning that listening to someone else can change their life.
Kids attending FastForward’s Adventure Reporters Program learn the rocking journalism skills needed to ace an important interview. That’s why they have first priority in getting our big interviews. Plus there’s that whole "really fun and awesome" factor... so Sign up today!
WHERE: Redword High School journalism lab
NEW YORK CAMP
Students entering Freshman-12th grade
NEW YORK CAMP
Students entering Freshman-12th grade
WHEN: FIVE Bay Area 1-week sessions for 2017: June 12-16 (entering High School & up), June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21. Hours are M—F from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.
AGES: Entering 5th-12th grade
ACTIVITIES: Preparing for and conducting interviews with sports, business and technology leaders at companies in and around the SF Bay Area. Photography, broadcast journalism, and creating interactive slide shows are all part of this project-based journalism program.
COST: $625 per week; $75 deposit due upon sign-up with full balance due by May 1st.
DETAILS: We conduct 3 off-site interviews at locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, and 1-2 on-site interviews weekly. Camps are open to 22 students per week. Classes are led by FastForward Publisher, Winifred MacLeod and FastForward Editor, Mindy Cooper. Our staff-to-student ratio is 1:5.
If interested in enrolling, please DOWNLOAD the Application/Registration Form, complete it, then mail/fax to us. Book early as camp sessions fill quickly.
FastForward Adventure Reporters Camp
By Matt Geffen, Marin Academy, Grade 11
On my first day of FastForward Adventure Reporter’s camp I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what the next week would bring for me. Three years later, and countless interviews later, I look forward to every summer, imagining what amazing experiences it will bring for me. Whether it is visiting the headquarters of Google, YouTube, or Facebook and meeting industry professionals or interviewing Gavin Newsom or the cast of “American Idiot,” each time I feel the same level of excitement.
First off, I don’t think of FastForward as a camp. Each week brings new people and new adventures that by the end of the week are good friends and memories you won’t forget. Another reason I don’t think of it as a camp is because the instructors are not your usual “counselors.” Each one of the people you spend your day with are there to share the experiences with you, and to make sure you get as much out of each experience as you can, introducing you to the world of journalism.
If you think attending FastForward means a week full of just writing — you are not correct! Mornings are first spent as a group preparing for the day’s interview. The whole group contributes with interview questions and opportunities for photography and videography are countless with a different photo and video team selected for each interview. The range of interviews I have conducted over the years is extremely versatile, and every day is completely different from the previous. At FastForward, there is no routine day, and not a second of yearning to be at home, because by the end of the week you’ll consider the Clubhouse your home as well.
A story as a FastForward Adventure Reporter
by C.C. Clarke, San Domenico School, grade 8
When I first signed up for FastForwardin summer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, I had heard from others that it was a once in a lifetime, fantastic experience, so I decided to try it out. The moment I walked through the doors of the FastForwardheadquarters, I knew that it would be a magnificent, outstanding week. We started off with getting to know each other by interviewing each other. We were given reporters notebooks, and learned some important tips that reporters and writers must know to make their articles a success. We split off into groups and went out into the streets of downtown to interview each other and people of our choice about summer. By the end of the day, I had already made several new and great friends.
The rest of the week only got better. We began to venture out into different parts of the Bay Area to interview people and companies you would only think to interview in your wildest dreams. We went to Obscura Digital, a company that produces breathtaking and inspiring light shows at an abundance of famous landmarks all over the world. Obscura had digitized the musical collection of memorabilia of Hard Rock Café that was available at our fingertips in a desktop screen. We maneuvered around the giant screen with our hands, bringing images of our favorite stars and their instruments into focus, then scrolling onto the next artifact; John Lennon’s to-do list, Prince’s guitar, Elton John’s sparkle jumpsuit. Hundreds of artifacts were on display in pixel perfect clarity. The next day, we had a huge and exciting surprise waiting for us — a trip to YouTube headquarters! Colors were splashed across the walls of YouTube’s office space inspiring a surge of creativity as we walked through offices getting to see the YouTube staff at work. We saw rooms with pool tables, TVs, gaming consoles and a giant red slide going down to the main floor! Our guide explained that it was all part of making the YouTube work environment a fun and creative place to work. We learned an important lesson during our time at YouTube: Stay motivated and chase your dreams and you just might get a lot more than you bargained for.
When the week was over, I walked out the doors with friends that will last a lifetime. I had learned how to be a reporter and conduct a successful interview, and had memories of laughter, fun, and the thrill going to see unimaginable people and things. What people had told me about it was undoubtedly true: it was a once in a lifetime, fantastic experience! There’s something really amazing that comes out of being open to new opportunities!