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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, ILM, 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: Redwood High School journalism lab

July 23-29

Students entering Freshman-12th grade

July 23-29

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.

View a video collage of interviews conducted by FastForward Adventure Reporters over the years.

View a video collage of interviews conducted by FastForward Adventure Reporters over the years.

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.

CONTACT: Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for further information call 415.256.8920 (office), or 415.272.3569 (Cell).



FastForward Adventure Reporters Camp

By Matt Geffen, senior, Marin Academy

When I first signed up for FastForward Summer I thought I was going to be writing for the week. Little did I know that my eyes would be opened to a world of film, media and news through the wide range of interviews I would be doing and the places I would see. 

When we first arrived, we divided into small groups and together made a film of who we were and what was important to us. After all, our Editor said, “What’s a voice if you don’t share it?” That’s the mantra of FastForward. This was fun because it helped us to bond and get to know our team well— a team that we would be heading out with the next day to conduct interviews at major companies together. During my first week at FastForward, I went to a company called Obscura Digital and then to YouTube. At YouTube, it was awesome walking into brightly lit, tall, red-walled offices, seeing YouTubers in action, collaborating and planning but seemingly hard at work. We saw pool tables, TVs, gaming consoles and a giant red slide going down to the main floor leading me to think, “I’m working hard in school, so I can get a job here.” Our guide explained that the environment was all part of making YouTube a fun and creative place to work, with the goal to inspire innovation. The message at YouTube: Stay motivated and chase your dreams— it will lead to new possibilities.

Over the span of middle through high school, I interviewed Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, went into the offices at Google and Facebook, and  more. With each interview, I gained an expanded life perspective on what it takes to pursue and follow my dream.

Dr. Ben Carson taught me not to judge too quickly but to keep an open mind. I went to Outside Lands as a reporter and interviewed an array of musicians from Capital Cities (a Pop Group), Tycho (an Alternative Artist) and Watsky x2  (a rapper who grew up in the Bay area) surrounding me in the world of music. I went to FastForward New York for two summers and had the opportunity to interview actor, Steve Buscemi, the cast of Hamilton, ABC World News Anchor, David Muir  and Ira Glass, a Radio Host of National Public Radio.

When my first FastForward week was over, I walked out the doors with new friends and connections. I had learned how to be a reporter and conduct a successful interview, and had memories I would not forget.  FastForward has been filled with once-in-a-lifetime, fantastic experiences that continue to lead me to so much more.


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