ThreeSixty Journalism Programs



School partnerships and guest speakers:
Depending on need and the availability, journalist volunteers and ThreeSixty Journalism staff are available for classroom presentations on a range of topics or occasionally for more intense involvement as editor/mentors in high school classes.  

Star Tribune retiree, Bob Franklin, leads a journalism course at Minneapolis Edison High School. 


YourTurn essay contest: This quarterly writing contest on topical issues attracts teen writers from across Minnesota.  Their submissions are judged by experienced journalists and ThreesSixty Journalism staff.  Winning writers receive cash prizes. 


Editorial board:
Students with strong involvement with ThreeSixty Journalism join the teen editorial board.   Once a month, students gather to brainstorm ideas and work with editors to assign stories and set deadlines.  They also receive opportunities for additional training and leadership. 


ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship: Thanks to the generosity of the University of St. Thomas,  one ThreeSixty Journalism student each year is awarded a renewable, full-tuition scholarship to study  journalism or communication at the University of St. Thomas.

NewsTeam:ThreeSixty’s NewsTeam is an after-school program designed to train teens in the basic skills of reporting and writing for publication. The class meets once a week for ten weeks, either at ThreeSixty’s offices on the St. Thomas campus or in a community location. 


Students produce one news story or essay plus photos and a blog during the class.  If they wish, they may work as a paid writer for ThreeSixty Journalism after completing the class. The 15-person class is free and open to all qualified teens.

Summer Camps

Depending on resources and demand, ThreeSixty journalism hosts two to three journalism camps each summer on the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul.

The introductory class meets Mondays through Thursdays for four weeks to teach teens completing eighth through 11th grade the basics of journalism, including interviewing, writing in journalistic style and photojournalism. In the newsroom and in the field, students practice these skills and produce written and video reports. Students’ work will be published in the ThreeSixty Journalism magazine and on our website.

‎This two-week sports camp teaches teens completing eighth through 11th grade the skills required to cover sports. Along with key skills like interviewing, writing in journalistic style and shooting photos, students learn how to cover games and dig deep into issues such as sports injuries and the competition for college scholarships. Students’ work will be published in the ThreeSixty Journalism magazine and on our website.

The intermediate camp is an intense, two-week, residential camp at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Students live in college dorms and work with other Minnesota teens to produce a newspaper and other media, including podcasts and video. This camp is designed for high school students completing ninth through 12th grade who have some journalism experience and want to build their skills. Student stories are published in the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.