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Digital media camp creates app for Ocmulgee monument

This week 40 high school students helped design a mobile application for the Ocmulgee National Monument. This is the second year Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism has offered this digital media camp.

Tim Regan-Porter is the director at the Center for Collaborative Journalism and says they accepted high school students from all over.

He says, "We have 40 kids from all over the country from California to Texas to Oklahoma to Maryland."

He adds that the list continues. Regan-Porter says they choose Ocmulgee for a reason, adding, "We thought the monument would be a great project because there's the big push right now to make it a park and preserve so it's very timely."

Throughout the week they traveled to the monument, taking pictures, interviewing locals and even touring spots not open to the public. A place known as the "vault".

High school student, Ariel Daniels was excited to visit such a spot. She says, "Normal people don't get to go in the vault and see some of the artifacts, so we really had to make sure we asked important questions to show people because they won't be able to go down there ."

The camp is designed to teach students the many parts of journalism including photography, writing, and editing.

Daniels says, "It's a mixture of kind of going to a conference and then having hands on time and there are like optional sessions."

This is year two at the camp for Daniels, she says, "I mean I'm not the like best but I at least know kind of sort of what to do so I can help people out."

Daniels is excited for this years app because it allows tourists to learn a lot more about the monument. She says she's already ready to see what next year has in store.

She says, "You don't have to be great, I can't stress that enough. They are just so supportive and you have one on one time with professionals and they're just here to help you and encourage you to do better."

If everything goes as planned, the app is scheduled to be ready for use at the end of July.


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