Oak Park Kidz Newz Journalism Camp

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

Jean Lotus can do it all. She’s a professional reporter, author, parent coordinator of Ascension School's newspaper and Executive Director for Oak Park Kidz Newz Journalism Camp. 

Did I mention she’s a mother of five?

Creativity is her strong suit so she’s offering your child the opportunity this summer to meet Dan Haley AND be a part of a real newspaper! For kids grades 5 - 8, Lotus’s unique summer camp provides kids with hands-on experience creating a newspaper by-and-for Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park kids. Kidz Newz will be published and distributed free at local libraries and kid-friendly locations so get in on the fun!

Oak Park Kidz Campers Create: 

  • Reviews of a restaurant, book, movie or video game.
  • Interviews, news stories or sports stories about something in Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park that pertains to teens or children.
  • Business stories about a child-owned business or a business that caters to teens and children.
  • Contribute to crime-prevention tips story based on interviews with Oak Park police.
  • Take photographs to illustrate articles with their own cameras or a camp camera.
  • Optional: a column that includes jokes, humor or advice.
  • Optional: an original comic.

Oak Park Kidz Camp Includes:

  • Field trips to Village Hall, Wednesday Journal Office and the Oak Park Police Department.
  • Experienced camp staff of working reporters and journalism students from Columbia College and DePaul University.
  • Interviewing and writing skills instruction from working journalists, visiting guest speakers and journalism students. 

Just the Facts: 

  • Register for one or two six-class sessions in June and August/Camp hours: 10 am - 2 pm.
  • Camp is held at Ascension School, 601 Van Buren, Oak Park. 
  • Cost per child per session: $230
  • Camp phone: 708.510.1776 
  • For more information or to register visit: www.Oakparkkidz.com

Email: melissa@empoweredcoachingsolutions.com

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