Course Overview

In this pre-college summer course, modeled after Syracuse University’s COM 117: Multimedia Storytelling, high school students will learn to be a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ). They will shoot, edit, produce, write, and voice their own broadcast/online news stories. Classes will have an open environment that creates curiosity, an informative heart, and a (potentially) happy ending. Students will learn the difference between covering a story and storytelling – storytelling that connects the viewer to the subject. Stories that matter more to them because they are emotionally invested in the content, the characters, and how it affects their lives.

Students will also be doing the same for a public service announcement(s), where they will work with actors to make a 60-second “commercial” for the public good. These will help “sell” an idea for a charitable or social cause. Examples include: “Don’t Text and Drive,” “Vaping Kills, or “Be Kind to Each Other.” The message will be truthful and compelling. Guest speakers will help with scriptwriting, voice, interviews, and more.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.


Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will know how to:

  • To turn students into storytellers of broadcast journalism.
  • Explore why journalism matters now more than ever.
  • Tell a story through writing, video, sound, and heart.
  • Learn Adobe Premiere and use smartphones to record news video and sound.
  • Learn techniques for a great interview, which makes for a great story.
  • Explore what constitutes a story: how to find it, how to produce it, and how to complete it.
  • Learn how to build emotional impact and “gold coin” rewards for the viewer along the way.
  • Most of all, students will learn the profound difference between covering a story and storytelling.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 073

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $3,585
  • Commuter: $2,730

Newhouse Scholarship:

A course-based scholarship opportunity is available to students who apply for pre-college courses out of the Newhouse School. Applicants who select a Newhouse course will automatically be considered for the Newhouse scholarship without the need for an additional essay. 

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session III: Sunday, July 31, 2022 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022MTWThF
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Students will break for roughly one hour for lunch. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Coming soon!

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Les Rose – Professor of Practice: Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Les Rose’s 38-year career in broadcast journalism included 22 years with CBS National News Network as a photojournalist and field producer. He spent seven years working with CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman on the series ‘Everybody Has a Story’. Rose has been honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award and five Emmy Awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rafael “RC” Concepcion

RC is an award winning photographer, podcast host, educator, and the author of 10 bestselling books on Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and HDR. He is the Digital Post Production Specialist and Adjunct Professor at the Newhouse School for Visual Communications at Syracuse University

As an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has over 20 years experience creating content in creative, I.T. and E-Commerce industries and spends his days developing creative content for corporate clients, educational institutions, and students looking to take their creative vision further.

As a Photoshop and Lightroom expert, RC also worked with Adobe to write the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, and Lightroom 5. He has also written the official training workbook for Adobe: The Adobe Classroom in a Book for Photoshop & Lightroom  and Lightroom Classic 2019 Release.

RC is a highly sought after public speaker, presenting to corporations and creative students at seminars and workshops around the world and has worked with clients such as Intel, Dell, Epson, Nikon, Canon, Samsung, Nokia, Sandisk, Western Digital, G-Technology, Google, Creative Live and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Guidehouse, among many others.

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