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Whether you’re part of your school’s newspaper or writing is simply your passion, there are dozens of amazing programs out there that can inspire the emerging journalist in you. Journalism programs can appeal to students with different areas of strengths, including but not limited to copy editing, photography, and design. There really is something for everyone.

Most of these programs are held during summer break, with applications due around March, so it’s in your best interest to get started as soon as possible as admission to these programs are competitive and typically require several writing samples.

AAJA Journalism Camp

Sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association, JCamp is a six-day summer program with all expenses paid by AAJA. What’s really interesting about JCamp is that the location where the session is held changes every year. Last summer it was held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Also, to clarify, you definitely don’t have to be Asian American to apply for the program. The goal of JCamp is to “ensure excellence in the profession for decades to come by confronting the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race but in factors including socioeconomics, geography and religion.”

Princeton University Summer Journalism Camp

One of the most prestigious summer programs for aspiring high school journalists, this program is also all expenses paid, but only accepts 25 students each year. It is a ten-day seminar held at the university campus, with students publishing The Princeton Summer Journal on the last day of the program.

Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute

Held at Northwestern University, a consistently top-ranked university in the field of journalism, the 5-week summer program calls its students “cherubs.” The cherubs are taught by faculty as well as Medill School of Journalism graduates. This program is pretty pricey compared to others at about $5,000 dollars (after all it is a five-week program with room and board included), but there is financial aid available with no minimum income to qualify.

Newsroom by the Bay

This program is affiliated with Stanford University and is based in the Bay Area. Students will be exposed to real-world journalism and listen to guest lectures by experienced professionals in the business. Admission to this program is on a rolling basis and does not require previous journalism experience. Senior Lexy Medema described her experience, “For 9 days, 71 people who came from diverse backgrounds and who have diverse passions were brought together by their interest in the field of journalism.”

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism High School Workshop

Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism has a summer program that is more like a workshop in format. Because the program will only run from July 9-12 on campus at Ohio University, it is not as in depth but still offers some great opportunities for experience. There’s also a chance to earn college credit as well as lectures to attend held by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists. A Diversity Scholarship is offered to cover 100% of tuition.



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Jilliann Pak hails from the suburbs of SoCal but is currently attending school across the coast at Johns Hopkins University. When she’s not complaining about the cold weather or sleeping in the library, she’s probably eating, cuddled up into a blanket burrito, or watching Parks and Recreation, preferably all at once.

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  1. Dante on November 5, 2013

    Very informative and helpful!

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