Friday, March 20, 2009

Free journalism camp in Illinois

Aspiring journalism students can apply for an all-expense-paid, two-week camp July 5 to 18 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

"Participants will hear practical advice from seasoned professionals, intern briefly at a newspaper and then put their experience to work writing and producing a newspaper," the announcement states.

Covered expenses include housing, meals, tuition, field trips and, if necessary, transportation to the camp.

Students must have completed their sophomore year in high school, write a 500-word essay and submit writing samples and letters of recommendation.

Deadline to apply is May 4. More information and an application can be found online at, or contact Sally Turner at The camp is sponsored by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Sun-Times Media Group.

Location: Charleston, Illinois

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Free H.S. journalism teaching program

A free two-week intensive journalism training program is being offered this summer for high school teachers.

The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute offers programs around the country that will enable teachers to help students start a campus newspaper or improve an existing paper, as well as enhance their teaching in journalism, English, social studies and civics.

"Instruction is based on the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch scholastic publication, on paper or online," the program's website states. "Topics include: reporting, writing, editing, photojournalism, layout and design, opinion pages, journalistic credibility ethics and responsibilities, the future of daily newspapers and business-side skills. First Amendment matters, privacy and the state of scholastic press freedoms are also key topics."

The Institute pays for air transportation, lodging, meals, cost of instruction, and continuing education credit hours (at the discretion of the university) for participants. Additional benefits include: memberships to scholastic journalism associations, subscriptions to journalism magazines and the beginnings of a journalism library.

Locations and dates will be: Arizona State University, Tempe, June 14-26; Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, July 5-17; University of Nevada, Reno, July 12-24; University of Missouri, Columbia July 12-24; University of Texas at Austin, July 19-31.

Apply by March 2. Download an application online.

Location: United States

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

High school journalism camp @ Yale

Connecticut high school students can apply for a free week-long summer journalism program at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program is run entirely by undergraduate staff members of the Yale Daily News. During the week, high school students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and work hands-on reporting a story. The week culminates with the production of an issue of the Yale Daily News.

The free program is limited to Connecticut residents and is geared toward those with writing or journalism experience, but any Connecticut high school student with an interest in journalism, writing or photography may apply. The program will be held August 17 through August 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. There is no housing available in New Haven, and students are expected to return home each evening.

Applications are due in mid-May. For questions, e-mail Bharat Ayyar at or call Editor-in-Chief Andrew Mangino at (973) 432-2765. To apply, click here.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Free high school journalism camp @ Princeton U.

Economically-disadvantaged high school juniors can learn about journalism at a free 10-day summer camp at Princeton University in New Jersey.

During the eight years the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program has been in existence, students have been taught by journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, New Republic and The New Yorker.

Past student activities have included covering the Yankees, Mets, Jets and Liberty games and holding a press conference with New Jersey's secretary of state. They've also met with Princeton University's president and dean of admissions. They've received counseling on their college applications from the university's staff, which consists of Princeton University alumni and undergraduates; and they've publish their own newspaper.

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:
- They must currently be juniors in high school.
- They must live in the continental United States.
- They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
- They must have an interest in journalism.
- The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.

The program is in early August. Applications are due by January 23, 2009. All application materials—as well as additional information about the program—are available at For more information, e-mail

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