Rocky Mountain Journalism Camp

For experienced photographers and photo editors

This course will cover the camera’s functions, rules of composition and light, and photo organization. Most importantly, you will learn the techniques that will allow you to photograph better images—from action photos to group shots to environmental portraits with a minimum of post-processing. 

I think RMJ is a great way for the staff to get to know each other and learn about yearbook. It’s helpful for new and old staffers alike. It’s an opportunity for new staffers to learn the basics and get a feel for journalism, and a chance for old staffers to perfect their skills and get inspired! We got so much done and it really prepared our staff to hit the ground running when the year started.”
Joey Drennan, Littleton High School EIC


Advanced design editors and editors-in-chief will work to develop the visual & verbal voice of their overall publication in this course. We will work towards creating a cohesive look and feel that communicates your message...marrying the visual to the verbal. You’ll design grid packages and modules, write theme copy with a consistent voice, and perfect your publication’s brand.

Photojournalism 1

new staffers

Students will work on the ReDesign of their publication while learning about magazine branding, photography and what it takes to run an efficent publication.


For photographers with little or no yearbook experience

For experienced staffers, designers and design editors

EICs: Lead by Example

Advising is a job with many moving parts, and this course will help you plan for it all. How-to sessions on production tools, organization tips, and helpful reminders are paired with discussions on grading, building leaders, deadline management and more!

This course is for photographers with experience in composition and exposure control (ISO, aperture, shutter). Students will learn additional camera settings (i.e. metering modes, AF modes, exposure compensation), photo shoot planning and management, working with challenging light situations, and photographic storytelling. This will be a hands-on class with an emphasis on shooting images. There will be an emphasis on capturing quality images in-camera to minimize the need for post-processing. Options for workflow and photo management will be presented.

Photojournalism 2

​Registrations are due June 5*. Registrations received after June 5 will be assessed an additional $25.00.   Cancellations made before June 5 will receive a full refund.  After June 5, a $75.00 cancellation fee will be assessed.  *CAMPER MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 5 TO ATTEND CAMP ON JULY 7. There will be no exceptions. Schools will have to provide a PO in order to avoid the penalty.  No show campers will be liable for the full price of camp, plus a $25 inconvenience fee.

For writers

It is highly recommended that students come with a laptop. If there school uses Adobe InDesign, please make sure to have a trail version on your computer

Every year, your visual look should reflect the theme and your coverage goals. And mostly importantly, it should be fresh and new. How can you make spreads unique every year? What are the rules for creating balanced yet sophisticated layouts? With your theme and concept as inspiration, learn ways to package your stories differently and create visual variety in your publication.



Make an impact right away by becoming a staffer with the skills necessary to make decisions that matter and choices that improve pages.  We will work on understanding design, building engaging mods, and selecting and editing the right photos to help you tell the whole story on your spread. Interviewing and basic writing skills are taught, and there will be hands-on instruction in the basic tools of InDesign or eDesign. Students will need to bring their own laptops or computers to participate on the hands-on-training.


For experienced staffers, designers, team leaders, section editors

Editors are teachers, coaches, motivators, and problem solvers, and they also set the bar for the rest of the staff. Because the best editors in chief lead by example, we will help you develop your skills too: learn how to properly edit pages, correct design issues, compose great photos and select the best ones, and model excellent storytelling. Come ready to grow into your role as a student leader!

This intermediate class will help you take your writing from good to great, and help you improve the written coverage in your publication. A variety of coverage methods will be explored so that every page in your book works to tell the whole story. Question writing, interviewing, and coverage styles will be addressed in this course, to ensure that all of your copy gets read and remembered!


Layout Design and Packaging