Business Horizons Media Track

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation is pleased to partner with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation’s Business Horizons program to offer an in-depth media experience for Iowa high school students (9-12 graders). The Business Horizons (BH) program is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, action-oriented weeklong summer program for high school students who want to learn about the world of business and what the future holds for them. Business Horizons will offer a media track for students interested in a career in the newspaper industry.

The goal of the media track is to develop the next generation of Iowa newspaper professionals and has been designed to spark students’ understanding of the media industry as a viable career opportunity in Iowa.

The 2017 camp is being held June 25 - 29 on the campus of Central College in Pella. High school students who participate in Business Horizons and then go on to attend Central College will receive a $1,500 scholarship, renewable for four years. This scholarship is in addition to academic and talent-based scholarships already awarded by the college, not to exceed tuition.

A $60 discount is currently being offered for applications postmarked by April 10. At this special discounted rate, the week-long program is only $325. If you are interested in getting involved with the program or know a student who would like to attend, please contact Jana Shepherd at or 515-422-9051.

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2016 Session

The 2016 Business Horizons Media Camp was held June 28-July 2 on the campus of Central College in Pella. The students produced a website to keep fellow campgoers and others abreast of the session at

Over the course of the week, students heard from professional journalists in the areas of media basics, photography, social media, digital media, design, circulation and professional expectations. The students also had the opportunity to visit the Des Moines Register. At the beginning of the week, students developed a name and work assignments for their newspaper, BH Buzz. Throughout the week, the media students covered Business Horizons activities through a website, Facebook page and Twitter. The final project for the week was a print edition of the newspaper.

The INF thanks sponsors Register Media and The Gazette Company for making this program possible.

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