When Students Are Away, Schieffer College Still Finds Ways to Play

From high school journalists and filmmakers to emerging leaders in communication, this summer, Moudy South was filled with fun and creativity as Schieffer College hosted various visitors. But the fun didn’t stop in Moudy South; students from Film, Television and Digital Media and Strategic Communication went on monthlong study abroad programs. Take a look at all the fun Schieffer College students had this summer:

Teaching Future Generations

A group of high school students pose with their teacher and a journalist in a newsroom.

Campers and staff pose with NBC5 Today Host Deborah Ferguson on June 12 in the Student Media newsroom.

Schieffer College hosted three summer camps for high school students, including the inaugural Pat Doney Sportscaster Camp. Starting in June, the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp returned for a record high of 18 high school students for the two-week camp. This camp teaches student journalists the building blocks of digital journalism and how to tell compelling stories.

A camper interviews a Dallas Cowboy as part of the Pat Doney Sportscaster Camp on July 12 at The Star in Frisco.

The Pat Doney Sportscaster Camp made a splash in its inaugural year as a sold-out camp. The campers used Moudy South as their base and traveled across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to learn more about how to report on sports, both in front and behind the camera. The student sportscasters visited the new Texas Rangers ballpark and The Star in Frisco in just one week!

Campers listen to instructions as they prepare to film a scene during the first of two sessions of the Lone Star Film Festival Film Camp, which ran from July 10-21.

The Lone Star Film Festival Camp returned to campus late this summer with two sessions to meet rising demand. Over two weeks, the teams of students created short films from start to finish, including writing, filming and editing. Check out their films this fall, premiering at the Lone Star Film Festival, to see if you recognize any of our iconic Moudy South spaces.

Honing Their Skills

Big Though President and CEO Byron Sanders gives his keynote address.

The Nonprofit Communicators Conference (NPCC) hosted its 13th annual event in May, featuring keynote speaker Byron Sanders, president and CEO of Big Thought. NPCC was attended by 140 local professionals and focused on “Reigniting the Mission.” This year’s conference aimed to excite the professionals into becoming better storytellers for their respective organizations as they focused on listening to their communities.

Certified Public Communicator® Cohort 10 at their Summer 2023 Graduation.

Professionals from around the country participated in the 11th Annual Certified Public Communicator® (CPC) program, which graduated its 10th cohort this summer. Working with communicators from cities, counties, school districts and other public entities, the yearlong program offers specialized graduate-level learning that educates professionals and helps them create communication plans for their respective organizations.

A large group of people pose for a photo inside a building lobby.

The faculty and fellows of the 2023 Maynard 200 Fellowship on June 30.

Schieffer College hosted the Maynard 200 Fellowship, bringing 49 journalists from diverse backgrounds to TCU’s campus. Since 2018, the program has trained over 140 leaders, storytellers and entrepreneurs, providing complimentary training and mentorship opportunities to journalists of color. Around 40 industry professionals, including the Department of Journalism’s Jean Marie Brown, ran sessions and mentored the fellows.

Having Fun Across the Pond

Students and faculty in Strategic Communication in London, England during the summer 2023 study abroad.

Strategic Communication took storytelling to new heights in its Strategic Storytelling Across Cultures program in London and Paris. Led by Catherine Coleman. PhD., and Steve Levering, students learned about creation by documenting their experiences through digital stories. They visited classic spots such as the Museum of Brands, The Globe Theater and the British Museum and spoke to guest speakers. See some of their work by following @TCUStratComm on Instagram.

Students from Film, Television and Digital Media in Dublin, Ireland during the summer of 2023 study abroad.

Students in Film, Television and Digital Media spent a month studying film and sports media while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. Led by Tricia Jenkins, Ph.D., and Mike Martin, the students had the opportunity to learn about the Gaelic Games and tour Croke Park and the national football stadium. Check out the FTDM Instagram page for more about their exciting adventures; follow them at @FTDMFrogs.

What an exciting summer to gear up for celebrating 10 years as the Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Save the date for the celebration on Nov. 7 starting at 6 p.m. with the Schieffer Symposium and followed by the 10th anniversary party.