The Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno hosted its first-ever, university-based National Public Radio  multimedia boot camp Sunday, May 19 through Friday, May 24.

Multimedia boot camp participants were each paired with a professional multimedia journalist. Teams worked side by side to conceive, develop, report, write, edit and produce multimedia content for online and possible broadcast distribution by regional media outlets.

To listen to boot camp stories and view story-related photography produced by Reynolds School  students, please visit: http://nextgenerationradionevada.wordpress.com/ This site, developed by boot camp participants, covers a variety of characters and their compelling stories. Topics covered range from compulsive gambling, to the life of a rancher in Nevada, how a teen mom became a natural childbirth advocate, what it’s like to own a transexual fetish company and how a 16-year-old basketball player made it to the Olympic trials, had plans to play college ball, suffered a game-changing injury and now works to recover to re-enter the game. 

NPR Consultant and Project Manager Doug Mitchell said, “The NPR multimedia boot camp enhanced students’ education by providing a real-world experience, allowing students to demonstrate their ability to produce multiplatform news content. The camp provided students with a portfolio of multimedia work they can use to secure an internship or job.”

Mitchell added, “It also allowed students to network and build relationships with public media professionals.”

“NPR likes supporting programs like this because it allows us to discover young talent,” he said. “The project gives NPR professionals a chance to see if students have what it takes to do the work and allows NPR to build a pipeline of new professionals that understand the NPR way of storytelling.”

The idea for the NPR/Reynolds School program began when NPR’s Doug Mitchell met Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky.

“This camp is the direct result of Dean Stavitsky keeping this project alive over the years,” Mitchell said. “He told me Nevada was a great place to host a program like this and I completely agree.”