Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) is a four-day, three-night immersive experience at The University of Alabama. Participants will interact with professionals through a balance of speaker sessions, hands-on workshops, and social activities. During CAMP, students will practice skills and improve knowledge related to the fields of communication and media, develop connections with aspiring communicators and become familiar with the college experience.
Small Group Breakouts
In small groups, students will work to complete a comprehensive final project to present on the final day of CAMP. Upperclassmen student leaders will help facilitate the process and assist the participants in making connections and collaborating across disciplines. Each small group will participate in activities that will strengthen their skills in communication, collaboration and strategic thinking.
Large Group Settings
Students will work with professional equipment alongside professional staff members to gain a broad understanding of sports media. They will learn from C&IS faculty with expertise in the field on topics including social media, sports media campaigns and Olympic coverage. In these larger group settings, CAMP participants will be able to connect strategies used by professionals into their own work.
UA Facilities Tour
During the experience, participants will take a behind the scenes look at the UA athletics program and the role of communication. From mock press conferences to tours of Bryant-Denny Stadium and other athletic facilities, this insight introduces a new type of professional work environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to use facilities in the on-campus Digital Media Center like those offered by Crimson Tide Productions.
Work Group Meetings
Students will learn from faculty, staff, industry professionals and C&IS upperclassmen with a focus in their selected area of interest. The student teams will improve individual interests and work together to improve skills.
At the end of a busy day, participants will take time to share in each other’s company through planned programming in the residence halls such as faculty-led trivia, and game and movie nights.